The Anxious Teen: Ministry with Stressed and Fearful Students


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Now more than ever, teens are struggling with stress, anxiety, and fear. Between social media, the 24/7 flood of news from around the world, global pandemics, mental health crises, the pressure of getting good grades or attending a specific college, financial stress at home, and existential threats like climate change, it’s no wonder.

Teenagers today are different from teenagers even 10 or 20 years ago. The issues they are facing are complex and wide-ranging. How can youth workers understand them better? What are the best ways to meet anxious teens where they are and help them feel seen, loved, and known—both by our youth ministries and by the God who cares for them so deeply?

Brock Morgan uses his conversational style and trademark humor to approach this topic from the starting point of his own experiences with anxiety and his decades in youth ministry. In these pages he provides context to help us understand today’s anxiety-ridden reality, and teaches skills and practices we can develop in ourselves and our youth to move forward in a lasting, healthy faith.

Brock Morgan
With over 30 years of experience in youth ministry, Brock Morgan is a sought-after communicator known for his amazing storytelling and insight into the next generation. He is the associate pastor over youth ministries at The Bridge in Chino, California, and is the author of many highly regarded books, including Youth Ministry 2027. He and his wife, Kelsey, their daughter, Dancin, and their puppy, C.S. Lewis, live in Southern California. You can find out more about him at

Hallie Scott (MA, Azusa Pacific University) is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Brea, California, and an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. She is author of Hope Beyond an Empty Cradle.

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2 reviews for The Anxious Teen: Ministry with Stressed and Fearful Students

  1. Tim Riley

    Brock brings this timely topic to readers with a style that makes you feel you are sitting across from him in a coffee shop. His honest optimism and experience/longevity in supporting youth is apparent in his words. This generation has struggles like we have not seen in our society at this level. Equipping readers with tools to navigate and understand those struggles with compassion makes this book an ideal read for parents, teachers, youth workers and anyone who has a heart for todays youth. I cannot recommend it enough and have purchased several additional copies to pass out to our friends and family.

  2. Tony Brackemyre (verified owner)

    Most people who work with students recognize that anxiety is on the rise. We hear a lot about it from researchers and the students themselves. The last few years I’ve noticed a recurring theme with our high school seniors. Rather than excitement for life after high school, there is fear and uncertainty. They are weighed downs by the decisions they have to make and what their next steps are.

    So, how do we help students deal with this anxiety and fear? Brock Morgan gives us a resource to do just that. I’ve read previous offerings by Brock and appreciate his heart for students and his approach to ministry.

    The Anxious Teen is an honest book as the author shares his own experience with anxiety and how it has (and continues) to impact his life and ministry.

    This book is also helpful in that Brock gives some practical steps to assist those adults who work with students. I appreciate the thoughts as the end of each chapter from a licensed therapist. Many times those of us who are not trained mental health professionals feel ill equipped to address such needs. Her insight is helpful.

    This offering is also hopeful that while anxiety is present, there is more to the story. We can come alongside students and walk with them through those fearful seasons. One insight from the chapter titled “Pressure” stood out to me. When we are talking with students who are experiencing anxiety, we need to validate what they are saying. Brock writes, “So many adults tend to dismiss what teenagers say or even try to one-up them. . . we can’t one-up them. What they are experiencing is real.”

    We are in a position to offer hope to our students. Brock gives us a good resource to do just that.

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