Hope this Helps: “But Now We’re Stressed Out”

HTH (Hope this Helps) is an ongoing series that we run on Tuesdays in which student ministers share various resources – videos, articles, books, curriculum, etc. – that have served their ministries.

“Modern education isn’t making students sick; modern education is highlighting the sickness already inside students. It’s drawing it to the surface. Students suffering from ‘school induced’ depression are competitive to the bone and self-justifying by nature (like all of us).”

But Now We’re Stressed Out,” CJ Green’s article posted on Mockingbird last week, is a must-read. CJ notes that according to an article in The New York Times, the wide and varying pressures placed on students today are literally making them sick. As youth leaders, we come face-to-face with our students’ anxieties and fears on a nearly hourly basis. Their schedules are bursting at the seams and they wonder if it will all pay off when that big or little envelope arrives in their mailbox come spring.

Are we a part of the problem? How can we offer the solution? Like CJ says, we can be that precious and persistent whisper in their ear that reminds them: “They are loved more than their GPAs can merit, more than their bookshelves full of awards can express. Which is something they probably tried to tell me [CJ] at youth group, that one time I went.”

To learn more about gospel centered youth ministry, check out more articles from Rooted’s youth ministry blog. 

Charlotte Getz is Director of Publishing Projects for Rooted Ministry. She is also the co-author of Unmapped: The (Mostly) True Story of How Two Women Lost at Sea Found Their Way Home and a frequent contributor to the Mockingbird Blog. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Pepperdine University and her M.F.A. in Photography from SCAD. Before working for Rooted she served as an associate Youth Minister at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL. She currently resides in Birmingham with her husband and their two children.

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