How we can be preparing students for today’s world

It doesn’t take rocket science to know that there is no guaranteed “safe place”. As much as we make a school safe or a Church safe there are no guarantees. Tragedy will happen again and our students and those we are ministering to are going to have to deal with a range of emotions and thoughts. So how can we be preparing for that now?

That is why Tom brings Ben Kerns back to the podcast. In this episode, Ben and Tom talk about what ministers and Churches can do to help students and those they are ministering to deal with all that is going on in this world today. There are no set answers but hopefully the discussion will bring about a good conversation you can have with your ministry staff and volunteers on what you can do today in case the next time one of these tragedies happen hits too close to home.


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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 and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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