I noticed something different that weekend about how I treated my daughter and son. Perhaps I noticed it because I have been on the lookout for it for a long time. Or perhaps I was aware of the difference because I have been asking my clients to pay close attention to the same thing.
“I think you are going to have to let him fail… ”. I often have found myself telling parents this over the years. I’ve said it as a pastor to parents whose kids are in my ministry. I’ve also said it to parents whose kids are in therapy with me.
We at FYI are becoming more and more interested in understanding and maximizing grandparents’ impact on teenagers. Part of that is because of how many grandparents show up at our Sticky Faith events, just as eager for ideas to help build faith in kids as parents.
Getting Parents On Board (Hint: They already are): Reimagining the parent–youth worker relationship as a way forward
If you’re a youth worker, you’ve probably heard the news by now: parents trump you.
"The way stuff is today is so different than how it was in the Bible, and that’s why people can’t really relate."
Many times over the past several years, the youth team I am part of has asked ourselves whether going to camp is worth it and every time we decide with enthusiasm that yes, camp is worth it. The question then becomes: why do we go to camp? And how do the camps we attend meet strategic goals we’ve set for our overall ministry vision?
We’re often great at creating spectacular God-experiences in youth ministry, but not as great at cultivating patterns for everyday life.