Hope 4 Hurting Kids

This group is for people who minister directly to hurting children and those in "regular" children ministry who have insights into, or want help with, ministering to children in crisis. This would include any type of hurting child - from a disrupted home, living in any non-traditional family type, dealing with issues like cutting, eating disorders, thoughts of suicide, etc, death of a parent or just stressed or overwhelmed by emotions.

Members: 16
Latest Activity: Apr 8, 2016

Potential Areas of Conversation

This group is for discussion of anything relevant to ministering to hurting children. We don't shy away from the tough issues and tough situations and believe that we can all learn from one another. Here are some potential areas of conversation (in alphabetical order):

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Adoption
  • Alcohol
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bullying
  • Cutting
  • Death of a Loved One
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs
  • Eating Disorders
  • Economic Hardship / Poverty
  • Father Issues (Absent or Checked Out)
  • Foster Families
  • Gay Families
  • Grief
  • Incarcerated Parents
  • Military Deployment
  • Pornography
  • Self-Injury
  • Sexual Issues
  • Single Parent Families
  • Spiritual Impacts
  • Step/Blended Family Life
  • Stress
  • Tragedy / Trauma

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Comment by Key Ministry on October 23, 2014 at 1:44pm

This is Steve from Key Ministry...most common issue that I've seen impact kids at church is anxiety (I'm a physician specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry).

Current issues: a kid who can get to church if he sits with his mom, but refuses to go to age-appropriate middle school programming and melted down from fear at prospect of overnight retreat, another kid who refuses to get out of the car when the family pulls in the church parking lot (pastor requires kids to be at children's ministry activities while he's preaching). Anxiety tends to be a common reason kids fall away in transitions from children's to middle school, middle to high school programming.

Biggest emerging issue...resourcing churching to be trauma and attachment-informed when they're promoting adoption or foster care initiatives. We're using Shannon Dingle as a resource at church-based conferences related to adoption and foster care and devoting our Fall blog series to the topic.

Comment by Nathan Bright on October 13, 2014 at 11:40am

We have kids from divorced families, kids who have lost a parent, kids harmed by sexual abuse. There are a few. Some of our processes are meeting with parents one on one to see how we can assist them, pray for them and be present for them and their child. We direct them to services available out in the community. We also strive to connect them to Mature Christian Adults. Sadly we fall short in connecting people or going the extra mile with them.

Comment by Bonnie Deroski on October 10, 2014 at 5:17pm

Also, an abnormally large percentage of the kids in our church are adopted. We don't do anything specific, but it's a place where adopted kids see other families and children they can relate to.

Comment by Bonnie Deroski on October 10, 2014 at 5:15pm

Nothing like jumping right in to the fray, Wayne! We've had a youth leader convicted of endangering the welfare of a child. We brought in a Christian psychologist for the kids and families as soon as we could after the court case was settled.  We really haven't done anything for the kids since then.  They are all mostly graduated from high school and in college or moved away now.

When we had a recovery program running for adults, we ran Confident Kids in tandem and the leaders who ran it saw positive results.

Comment by Wayne Stocks on October 10, 2014 at 4:20pm

Yourself included Matt. :) Small and growing (I hope). I only started the group this afternoon.

Comment by Matt Norman on October 10, 2014 at 4:10pm
Not a very big group, but some quality people so far...
Comment by Wayne Stocks on October 10, 2014 at 2:53pm

So, as people join the group and start to engage, I think a great first question is simply...What have you seen in your church? What situations have given rise to hurting kids in your ministry, and what does your church do to help them?


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