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Ministering to Students in Crisis

Josh Griffin —  September 14, 2012 — 1 Comment

Enjoyed reading AC’s blog yesterday about Ministering to Students in Crisis - I get to work with him everyday here at the church and am so thankful for someone who cares so deeply for students! Here’s an excerpt from his post, check out yoacblog.com for the rest:

  • PRAY CONTINUALLY -1Thessalonians 5:17     

Prayer should always be your first response. God has incredible plans for your students, and He wants you to be apart of it.  We must stay in communication with Him.  Connect with Him for the words to say and the steps to take, as you support students.

  • LISTEN WELL AND ASK QUESTIONS – James 1:19

Students that are going through crisis need you to do these two things more than anything else. I know it’s so tempting to give them advice because you’ve been where they are or you know the solution to the problem.  Taking the time to intently listen and ask questions says a lot.  You never know, you could be the only adult in their life who listens to them intentionally.

  • REMEMBER ONLY GOD CAN CHANGE THE HEART – Philippians 1:6

You are here because you like students and want God to do something awesome in their lives. God is going to use you.  We must remember that even though God uses us, He is the only one that can change hearts. So don’t carry the burden of this situation, thinking that you are the one that will change your students’ heart. God is faithful, He will fulfill His promise and complete the work that He has used you to begin.

JG

Josh Griffin

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One response to Ministering to Students in Crisis

  1. I think the last point is one of the most important points in ministry. Sometimes we take the burden on too close or feel like we are beating our head against the wall. We aren’t their to change the students heart. We are their to show God’s love, mercy, compassion. We are their to serve as teachers, instructors and guides. We are just a tool of God’s. We do work and what we do is very important, but there is only so much we can take personally.

    The other thing I love about this is listening. I don’t know about other people but working on group listening skills is a must for me. I am great at listening one on one, but sometimes a student needs to talk when there are a lot of people around. We need to take the time and effort to block out everything around and just focus in on that student. They know when we are only half present and its important to them we are all there. And if we can’t be all there because something else MUST be done, we need to make sure we come back to them as soon as possible and let them know when that will be.

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