Episode 29: It Takes a Village by Laurie Krieg published on 2018-03-18T13:11:53Z Youth leaders, this one is for you. We talk with our guest and New York City youth pastor, Ray Low, about his journey with sexuality and how his youth pastor walked with him well. We also talk a lot about what it is like to be a double minority as an Asian American and a sexual minority. This was an important conversation we were honored to have. Favorite quotes: "[At church] I saw a different kind of community that had a different kind of purpose. That's when the gospel started to make sense to me: when I started to see a community that extended beyond Sunday." "[My youth pastor] would treat people like people. He would treat people like he had this calling to form a faith identity in each and every one of us. That looked like giving us that space to wrestle." Question of the Week: What people groups are you passionate about? Goofball Island: What was your role in the elementary school playground? Podcast Extra: Here are the critical pieces Ray's youth pastor focused on to establish a faith identity in students: 1. Treated students as soon-to-be adults 2. Gave space to be messy and wrestle with big ideas 3. Bridged the gap between church world and home world 4. Gave leadership opportunities 5. Cast a vision to the parents of the necessity to establish a faith identity Question of the Week for Next Week: When have you said, "I will never do ____!" And then God is like, "Um, yup. Exactly that."