I got an email from a youth pastor friend who was seeking advice. With his permission, I wanted to post part of his question here and ask you to leave a comment with your advice.
I’m a student pastor. We average 60 on Wednesday night. About 40 of them come from some rough areas. Really rough. About 10 of the girls claim to be bisexual and gladly lets us know it. These students have been abandoned by one or both parents. I am not and can not be mad at them for their rebellious behavior, but what do I do discipline wise? I strive to create a safe environment for them and try to share the Gospel any way that I can, even if its in bite size nuggets, but I feel as if I am wasting my breath. Seeing these kids going down this road breaks my heart, especially seeing all of their potential and who they could become if they had a relationship with Jesus.
What would you tell this youth pastor? How would you encourage him? What specific advice do you have for him?