Youth Ministry

Support teens and their families as they navigate their unique challenges of developing sexuality

Generational differences are real and require contextualized discipleship approaches—perhaps especially when it comes to human sexuality and issues of gender identity in today’s rapidly changing culture. Embrace will seek to provide resources that are especially tailored for youth and/or those who love and minister to them.

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*NEW* Embrace for Youth Case Studies

Announcing our newest Embrace resource, Embrace for Youth Case Studies! This resource was developed by a team of Covenant youth workers. They invite quality discussion among leaders about how to better care for people in your churches and communities who identify as LGBTQ+. These case studies are based on real-life situations happening in our churches, camps, and ministry contexts across the ECC in North America. These studies are not designed to provide official answers to the questions raised. Rather, they are designed to help you explore and gain clarity about how you would like to approach complex situations in your unique context.

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Understanding Sexual Identity: A Resource for Youth Ministry
By Mark Yarhouse

This resource is a practical, compassionate explanation of how teens form their sexual identity in today’s culture. Yarhouse introduces readers to the developmental considerations in the formation of sexual identity, which primarily occurs during the teen years. He offers practical ways to think about homosexuality along with suggestions for talking with people who experience same-sex attraction. He also helps us learn to graciously respond to children and teens who struggle with questions of sexual identity, and discusses how youth ministry can become more relevant in the lives of youth who are navigating these issues. Pastors, youth ministry volunteers, and parents will understand how to help youth navigate today’s culture and form a sexual identity that honors Jesus Christ.

We Want to Hear From You

As we develop Embrace, we hope to receive feedback from diverse voices, especially with regard to existing resources or experiences which you have found to be helpful and effective. Feel free to connect with us anytime at embrace@covchurch.org.

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