In the first four accounts of the New Testament (i.e. The Gospels), Jesus constantly paints a picture of a beautiful kingdom of God where all the people of the world are unified and worship God together. The problem that we tend to have with that picture is that it doesn’t feel realistic at times. Is there something wrong with us? As we have come to realize in 2020, it seems there are more divisions than ever before that split us along national, political, racial, ideological and regional lines.
So, over the next three weeks in ANTHEM, we are going to be in a series called Elephant in the Room. Throughout this series, we are going to be having a different guest speaker each week join us either in-person or digitally to provide insight + perspective into each of the following touchy subjects: Mental Health, Race & Political Climate.
Our hope + goal is for our teenagers to place any bias or preconceived notions of a certain topic aside and realize that we have more in common than we ever thought! With this being said, we want to provide you with as much information + resources each week as possible to help navigate through the conversations that may arise when your teenager comes home.
Guest Speaker Information
This Sunday night, we are kicking-off the series by having a conversation on Mental Health. Our guest that will be joining us for this week is Will Hutcherson. Will is a Youth Pastor + Motivational Speaker based out of Florida. Over the past decade, he has traveled around the country to speak at schools, camps + various youth ministries on topics such as despair, anxiety, suicide prevention and more. To learn more about Will Hutcherson and his organization Curate Hope, click here.
Mental Health Resources
With the conversations that will be taking place, we are wanting all parties involved to feel equipped + properly resourced. For our ANTHEM Tribe Leaders, we have conducted trainings (Mandated Reporting, Creating a Safe Place, etc.) as well as provided them with conversation guides + other resources for navigating through the various aspects of mental health. With that said, we want to prepare YOU (the parent or guardian of the teenager) just as much for the conversations that might come up when the Tribe Leader is not present or available.
Below this post, you will find various resources (conversation guides, podcasts, blog posts, etc.) that will provide direction + insight into this topic of Mental Health.
It may seem overwhelming, but just know that you are not alone in this matter. If you ever have questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email ([email protected]).
The NextGen Ministry at MISSION Community Church is committed to partnering with parents and helping kids find and follow Jesus. From babies through high school, we strive to be a church “For Everyone”, creating environments where children and youth can belong even before they believe.