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The goal of this study is to explore strategies for assisting youth ministry leaders on how to respond to natural disasters with the goal of helping students encourage the hearts of others who have suffered greatly in such disasters. The loss of human life among children, adolescents, and adults in recent natural disasters has stirred my heart to develop a strategy for youth ministries and how they may respond appropriately. The youth ministry can play a vital role in encouraging the hearts of others who have lost everything and have been displaced from their homes temporarily or permanently.

Today’s demands on all students may be overwhelming, yet these young followers of Jesus Christ are receptive to helping others who may have lost everything. Youth pastors are in a powerful position to help young people live out the second greatest commandment given to them: “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:38). Loving our neighbor is a mandate given to all who love the Lord Jesus Christ with heart, soul, and mind.

The target audience of this ministry focus paper consists of rising sixth-graders through graduating college seniors to help adolescents live out the Great Commission as well. The transformation of each adolescent during these ten years is quite dramatic. The foundation and commitment to serve Christ gives students the opportunity to become real during these years when choosing to put the interests of others above one’s own. Youth mission does take place in a dynamic and ever-changing environment.

Theological Mentor: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Fredrickson, Kurt

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First Presbyterian Church (Baton Rouge, La.); Church work with teenagers; Church work with disaster victims; Emergency management; Disaster relief


Missions and World Christianity


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