For Pastors

Dear Pastors and Church Leaders,

Welcome to Focus on the Family’s Day of Dialogue® website.

You’ve probably found your way to this site because you share a heart for empowering and encouraging Christian students who want to voluntarily speak God’s grace into the culture around them in a loving and compassionate manner.

As repeatedly stated on this website, the heart of this event is to encourage students to express the model presented by Jesus Christ in the Bible—who didn’t back away from speaking truth, but neither held back in pouring out His compassionate love for hurting and vulnerable people and defending those people from harm.

You’re probably also here because you share a concern about the flood of confusing messages teens often encounter about sexuality and identity. If they aren’t hearing about it in their schools, then they’re often hearing these messages promoted in the media or touted by their favorite movie stars and music.

The Day of Dialogue—happening on April 10—equips students (ages 13 and older) to express and have confidence in articulating their faith-based principles in a loving and Christ-centered way when encountering hot-button topics like bullying, homosexuality and identity in their schools.

If you’d like to let the high school and college students in your congregation know about the opportunity to join this initiative, you can take the following actions:

 Download the free guide for pastors from Day of Dialogue.  The guide equips you to share Parent-Pastor Guide-2014-DISKthe event with students through: 1) downloadable PowerPoint presentations, 2) myth vs. fact explanations of students’ free speech rights and 3) videos to show youth and much more! The downloadable presentations include a look at the examples the Bible provides for engaging in redemptive dialogue with the culture around us, as well as fun student exercises based on real-life situations faced by students.

Share the link to the guide with other church and student leaders:

focusonthefamily.com/empowerstudents.

 Make announcements from the pulpit and in youth group meetings letting teens know about it & how they can sign up to participate in the April 10 event at DayofDialogue.com and download a free student guide.

 Post information about the event and link to the Student and Pastor/Parent Guides on your church websites and Facebook pages, especially those geared for youth.

 Let your church leaders who work with youth  know about the teen-friendly articles and discussion questions  that can assist them in addressing  students’ comments and questions concerning these issues.

God bless you for your interest in sharing this event with the students and families in your congregation. Having the spiritual support of church leaders is crucial to student participants—as you know, it requires great courage in this culture of spiritual relativism to acknowledge the existence of redemptive truth. So we hope your church will surround Day of Dialogue student participants with prayer as they participate in the event on April 10, 2014!