Having Tough Conversations with Students

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Whether you enjoy confrontation and hard conversations or not, the reality is that you will have to have tough conversations from time to time.

That is why it is great to have Justin Knowles back on the podcast! Justin is the Lead Next Gen. Pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley in San Dimas, CA. He oversees Jr. High, High School and College ministries at the church.  He is also a fantastic writer who is one of the core contributors to the Download YM blog.  You can find his blogs here.

In this episode, Tom and Justin talk about a recent blog post Justin did entitled “How To Have Tough Conversations Where Students Still Want To Come Back” and:

  • What Justin has been up to lately (here is a hint – a lot!)
  • What was the basis of his post about having tough conversations
  • Some specific tips on how to have tough conversions with students while still keeping them involved in the student ministry

If you want to connect with Justin you can find him on Twitter (twitter.com/justinknowles3). You can also find his writing at DownloadYouthMinistry.com.

So what do you think? What have you done when you’ve had tough conversations with students before that keep them still involved?  Share your thoughts and insights below or on social media using the hashtag #ymsidekick. 

Also, Tom would love to hear from you about what you’d like a future topic to be. To email Tom some ideas email him here.

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Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at YMSidekick.com and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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