How to Welcome Doubts and Questions

Youth Specialties
October 19th, 2011

Every student you work with at somepoint will have some doubts or questions about God and their faith.  They aren't always easy to address or answer, but here are a few ways that might help.

  1. Build a “doubts and questions” box that stays in your youth room where kids can write things down for discussion at another date.
  2. Affirm those who are willing to raise the tough questions.  Let them know that their voices are welcome even though you may not be sure of what the answer is.
  3. When kids raise questions that you don’t have an answer for acknowledge your own ignorance and commit yourself to finding an answer – preferably with them rather than for them.
  4. Avoid the tendency to end every Bible study or group discussion with a neat little closer that wraps everything up and doesn’t leave rooms for unfinished business.  At times you may choose to end your study by asking a tough question and letting them live with it for the next week.
  5. Invite people to come and speak to your group who may hold a very different view of theological truth than you do.  This one requires courage but it lets kids know that you’re not afraid to face questions.
  6. Develop a library of good resources that deal with questions skeptics might have.  Lee Strobel’s books, The Case for Christ…for Faith…and for a Creator are all available in student editions.  Have them available for your kids.

How do you encourge and answer thier questions?

Youth Specialties

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