March 9 2019

Youth Leader Tip

This bonus is just for the youth leader—a quick tip and an illustration to enhance your youth leadership. You may already know this, or you may learn it through trial and error, or maybe you just need a reminder of something you already know. Here’s a way to get it with a quick infusion.





It’s not unusual for teens to become self- conscious as they enter adolescence and all the changes that come with it. Sometimes just having a conversation is difficult. If you, as a secure and  confident person, can get the conversation going, the easiest topic for the other person is an area in which they are the expert—a topic about them! Be genuinely interested and keep asking questions—not to interrogate, but to understand. Key phrases include, "Tell me more" and "And then what?" and "Are you kidding me?" Don’t expect the teen to ask about you, as that is unlikely to happen. Talking about what’s going on in the teen’s life is an interesting topic that will hold the attention of both of you.


Click below to download the Cornerstone Connections leader’s guide and student lesson. This week’s resources also include two lesson plans and a discussion starter video which offer different ways of looking at the topic. Each lesson plan includes opening activities, scripture passages, discussion questions, and real-life applications.


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