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Resources for Leading in Crisis

We know as ministry leaders and volunteers, you will be on the front lines helping kids and teenagers process tragedies and working to give them hope as they navigate our hurting world. These conversations are never easy, but we do hope that the free resources below can help you feel more equipped as you lead these important discussions. We are sharing both resources created by us, friends, and other experts that focus on leading and parenting in crisis and helping the next generation fight despair.

For Parents

5 Ways to Support Your Kid During Scary Times Parent Cue Blog

How To Talk To Kids About Tragedy Parent Cue Blog

How To Help Your Child Through Grief Parent Cue Blog

How To Talk To Your Kid About Crisis Parent Cue Podcast

Helping Kids Navigate Through Crisis Parent Cue Podcast

Talking to Kids About Racism and Violence – Child Mind Institute

Talking to Children About Violence – National Association of School  Psychologists

Talking to Kids about Fear and Violence – Mental Health America

Help your Kids Identify their Feelings


For Leaders

Creating A Crisis Plan in Your Church Ministry Blog

Being Ready to Respond to Crisis Blog

How Community Can Thrive in Crisis

Leading Through Crisis, Tragedy and Trauma Orange Leaders Podcast

Small Group Leader Crisis Conversation Guides

5 Things to Remember When Tragedy Strikes

Being Ready to Respond to Crisis in Your Community


For Student Ministry Leaders

Processing the Tragedy of School Shootings Fuller Youth Institute Blog

What To Say When The Unthinkable Happens Orange Students Blog

What’s Going On in a Teen’s Brain During Moments of Grief and Despair RYM Podcast

School Shootings, Walkouts and How To Respond RYM Podcast

How to Help Students Identify Emotions

Fuller Youth Institute Conversation Starters


For Kids Ministry Leaders 

Helping Church Families Create Rhythm in Crisis Orange Kids Blog

Helping Kids Navigate Anxiety Orange Kids Podcast

How to Talk to Kids About Tragedy By Sissy Goff

Talking With Children About Difficult Current Events – Fred Rogers Institute

Making Youth Group More Than a Once-a-Week Event

Why Your Promotion Strategy Should Be More Than a Calendar Date


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