Some Ways To Partner With Parents

We have already covered some aspects of this earlier in the month in our post Starting A Parent Ministry. But what are some other ways you can partner with parents?

Communicate the good things about their youth
So often we only notice the exceptions to the normal, either the misbehaving or gifted. And it is only usually the misbehaving that we raise with parents. But parents love to hear about the good things we see in their young people. So make sure you observe and see who is regular, who is committed, who shows kindness, who gets involved etc. Then mention it to their parents when you see them. Let them know that you saw their young person showing an admirable attribute...

The Source For Parents

The Source For Parents is a website created and populated by Jonathan McKee. Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller – The Guy’s Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on Jonathan and his wife Lori live in Northern California.

Working With EGR Parents

EGR stands for Extra Grace Required. Today's post is about working with parents who require extra grace from us. There are less polite versions of this sentiment, and there are times when we feel less polite about them too. But they are a reality of most youth ministries. So what should we do?

Be An Example To Parents

1 Timothy 4:12 says Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Last week we looked at being an example to the youth we lead. This week, let's look at being an example to the parents. In what ways can we be an example to them?

Hosting A Parent Event

One of the most common ways to connect with parents is with a parent event. It is a great way to connect with and communicate with multiple parents all in one hit. Whether it is an evening, a breakfast or a meeting after church.

Of course the challenge these days is getting people into the room at the same time and place. Even pre-COVID, people were busy and difficult to coordinate for a combined meeting. But there is benefit in those face to face moments, which is why they are still part of youth ministry.

Artificial Maturity

Book Blurb

How to raise kids who can handle the real world.

Today's Generation iY (teens brought up with the Internet) and Homelanders (children born after 9/11) are overexposed to information at an earlier age than ever and paradoxically are underexposed to meaningful relationships and real-life experiences. Artificial Maturity addresses the problem of what to do when parents and teachers mistake children's superficial knowledge for real maturity. The book is filled with practical steps that adults can take to furnish the experiences kids need to balance their abilities with authentic maturity...

An Example To Youth

1 Timothy 4:12 says Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Simon Sinek says "Leaders are the ones who have the courage to go first and open a path for others to follow."

As youth leaders, we are an example, no matter our age. We are an example for the youth that we lead and we should take that seriously.

Starting A Parent Ministry

If you thought that your role as a youth pastor or youth leader was just to plan and run programs and events for youth, then think again. Those young people are part of a family with parent/s or care-giver/s that are responsible for them 24/7, even when they are with you.

The statistics have not changed in the overall influence of the parents or long-term primary carers in young people's lives. Caring adults definitely have a role. But parents are how God designed it.

So we can either push against it, or we can partner with it. In my experience, resourcing and partnering with parents is the best long-term strategy if we care about young people...