By Leneita Fix
No one ever said ministering to teenagers was easy. (Actually, one person did say that, but he didn't last long.) But working with certain teenagers seems especially challenging, difficult, stressful.
How can you best connect with defiant, clingy, or complacent students? How do you build bridges to unchurched, hurting, or socially awkward teenagers? Drawing on two decades of youth ministry experience, Leneita Fix offers practical insights and strategies on effectively connecting with 10 groups of teenagers that we can overlook, ignore, or avoid all too easily.
In No Teenager Left Behind
, Fix paints a picture of students who can fall through the cracks of our youth ministries, a picture rooted in her own teenage struggle with insecurities and doubt and low self-esteem. These are the students that we pretend we are too busy for. They're the ones that are lost and we feel totally unqualified to reach.
But what they need is to be loved. Instead of avoiding these teenagers, we can see them as Jesus sees each of them and each of us. And we can commit to the vision of leaving no teenager behind as we minister to this generation.
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