Monday, July 22, 2013

Homosexuality and Youth Ministry

With the recent Supreme Court decisions about same-sex marriage, the issue of homosexuality is going to be a big topic in the church for quite some time. Because the teenage years are the formative years for sexuality, it is vital that a youth pastor be prepared to minister to the gay teenagers that will inevitably begin showing up in youth group.

Some time ago, I recommended a book written by my friend Shawn Harrison. Shawn wrote Ministering to Gay Teenagers as a resource for youth leaders. When Shawn gave a presentation on this topic at SYMC 2013, the copies of the book sold out quickly.I read it in an afternoon, so it is a quick read, but it is packed with important guidelines for sharing Christ's love. I can't recommend this book anymore highly. It is a tool that every youth pastor must have.

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