Begin that mentoring relationship with the expectation that the student will come back to youth group in a few weeks.Meet to talk and pray together the first time or two.
After a period of time usually shorter than a month, a lot of that awkwardness has worn off, and a student can be coaxed and encouraged to return.
And as we strategized about how to deal with this super important topic, we knew we wanted to make sure we were doing our So we set up a really high-tech and complicated anonymous question-and-answer system. It was a Dubble Bubble bucket and some index cards.
And as middle schoolers struggle to navigate these years of growth and transition, one of the most confusing, important, emotional, exciting, and stressful things they will deal with is, without a doubt, the issue of We recently embarked on a 3-week teaching series with our students about this very topic.
Picnics, skating parties, school functions, and church socials are ideal for first dates.
You are more at ease, and you do not have to carry the conversation.
As the adult in the situation, teenage drama should and does seem childish. That spirit of empathy should guide your ministry going forward.