Session 3

Identity and Inclusion, Part 1

Figuring out who you are, is a huge part of the teenage years. In this section, we explore several facets of that including romantic relationships, our body image, and how we understand people who are a bit “different.”

Session Video Lectures

Romantic Relationships

Body Image

Suggested Resources

Body Image Distortions.  Note: This is not specifically about teenagers, but I think it gets at the heart of the fact that this is an issue all people deal with on some level

Teens and Body Image. This is a short article that speaks about teenagers specifically.

How to Help Teens with Body Image Issues

…7 Tips for A Positive Image

Mayo: Healthy Body Image – Tips for Guiding Teen Girls

Understanding Non-“Typical” Youth

Working With Non-“Typical” Youth

Suggested Resources

Supporting Students with Autism: 10 Ideas for Inclusive Classrooms  Note: This is written for school teachers, but can easily be adapted for church.

8 Simple School Strategies for Students With ADHD.  Note: Another article for teachers and parents about helping kids with ADHD, also very adaptable for church.

Some examples of differentiated instruction

Universal Design for Learning

Some guidelines for UDL

Culturally Responsive Instruction

Sara Clarke Turpin


Rev. Sara Clarke Turpin is Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Buechel Park Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, where she has served since 2013. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from BSK: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, along with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown College with majors in Religion and Business Administration: Management and minors in Church Music and Psychology. She has been both a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Scholar and Fellow and served on the CBF Kentucky Coordinating Council and Execitive Committee. Before coming to Buechel Park, Sara served as the Youth Minister at Melbourne Heights Baptist Church in Louisville for four years.

Andrew Noe


Andrew Noe serves at East Leonard CRC in Grand Rapids, Michigian as the Pastor of Faith Formation. He is a proud graduate of the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, is passionate about bringing creativity to ministry, and enjoys working with teenagers. He is married to the wonderful Hannah, and they have two spectacular kids – Gwen and Benjamin. His side passions are comic books, lego and video games.

Justin Sizemore


Justin Sizemore is the Minister to Youth at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and a proud Georgetown College Tiger! He has been involved in Youth Ministry as a volunteer, assistant, chaperone, and now minister for over 14 years. Youth Ministry is his passion and calling.

Justin is married to Abby Sizemore (The FABULOUS Director of Admissions for the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky!!!) and they have two wonderful daughters, Ann-Thomas and their most recent addition, Edith (Edie).

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