Whether you’ve already had some tough conversations with some students in your ministry, or whether you haven’t walked that road yet, here’s the truth: Tough conversations are bound to happen at some point for everyone who works with students. That’s why it’s crucial for us to be prepared and equipped for those moments when they come up. In this episode, we’re talking about what to do when a student comes to you with something difficult, how to respond, and the best way to maintain their trust.


  • Common hard conversations youth ministry workers may have with students (2:25)
  • Some conversations youth ministry leaders can anticipate with middle school and high school students and how to respond (10:27)
  • The danger of not having a strategy in approaching hard conversations with students (22:05)
  • How to prepare for difficult conversations with students (24:57)
  • How to prepare for the journey of what’s to come following difficult conversations (34:57)
  • The win with having tough conversations with these students (39:38)

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