Youth ministry has always needed to adapt and adjust to changes in the mainstream culture. With the advent of the metoo movement and our growing knowledge of the nature and extent of sexual abuse, youth workers must be thinking about how to best engage with students in ways that lead to healthy relationship building. Is it ever proper to give a student a hug? What about car rides, lunches, or having one-on-one meetings with kids? What are the borders and boundaries we need to enlist to insure that none of us or our volunteers cross lines that would thrill the enemy, undermine ministries, or do harm to the kids who have been entrusted to our care? Our good friend Marv Penner joins us to offer wisdom and to help us answer the question, “To hug or not to hug? How Do we love kids well in our metoo culture? . . . on this episode of Youth Culture Matters.
Resources, links, other helpful tools mentioned in the podcast:
Dr. Marv Penner
The Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence
Marv Penner seminars
Download Youth Ministry
How to Break Away From the Gender Binary (Teen Vogue article mentioned)
The Keepers (Docuseries on Netflix)
PA Attorney General Report on Child Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church
National Youth Workers Convention
What it is. What it means. Pop Culture & Youth Ministry Podcast
Help! My Kids Are Hurting: A Survival Guide to Working With Students In Pain by Marv Penner
Better Safe than Sued: Keeping Your Students and Ministry Alive by Jack Crabtree
Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0: Everything You Need to Successfully Manage Your Ministry by Mike Work and Ginny Olson
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