Making Parents Mad

Brad M. Griffin | Nov 30, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I was able to reconnect with Fuller grad and friend Jeremy Zach at National Youth Workers Convention. Jeremy was part of the group of leaders that helped shape our Sticky Faith research and also tested our senior curriculum earlier this year.

Recently Jeremy blogged 5 Ways Student Pastors Make Parents Mad, a great list of quick-wins (or as the case may be, losses) for youth workers when it comes to engaging and caring for parents. One of the questions weve started asking youth workers in our seminars is, How much time do you give to parents? Whether its one-on-one face time, parent groups, training, listening, resourcing, communicating with, or connecting in some other way, how many of us intentionally slot time each week just for parents of the students we serve?

Research continues to point to the power of parents in the faith of their kids. We can only strengthen our ministrys impact when we strengthen our reach toward parents. Heres Jeremys list of ways to blow it (see the blog for a great description of each and good food for thought):

5. Youth group runs past schedule time

4. Schedule too many youth group activities

3. No consistent communication

2. Dont teach on sex

1. Not having an adult relationally reach out to their teen


What would you add?

A couple of weeks ago I was able to reconnect with Fuller grad and friend Jeremy Zach at National Youth Workers Convention. Jeremy was part of the group of leaders that helped shape our Sticky Faith research and also tested our senior curriculum earlier this year.

Recently Jeremy blogged 5 Ways Student Pastors Make Parents Mad, a great list of quick-wins (or as the case may be, losses) for youth workers when it comes to engaging and caring for parents. One of the questions weve started asking youth workers in our seminars is, How much time do you give to parents? Whether its one-on-one face time, par

A couple of weeks ago I was able to reconnect with Fuller grad and friend Jeremy Zach at National Youth Workers Convention. Jeremy was part of the group of leaders that helped shape our Sticky Faith research and also tested our senior curriculum earlier this year.

Recently Jeremy blogged 5 Ways Student Pastors Make Parents Mad, a great list of quick-wins (or as the case may be, losses) for youth workers when it comes to engaging and caring for parents. One of the questions weve started asking youth workers in our seminars is, How much time do you give to parents? Whether its one-on-one face time, parent groups, training, listening, resourcing, communicating with, or connecting in some other way, how many of us intentionally slot time each week just for parents of the students we serve?

Research continues to point to the power of parents in the faith of their kids. We can only strengthen our ministrys impact when we strengthen our reach toward parents. Heres Jeremys list of ways to blow it (see the blog for a great description of each and good food for thought):

5. Youth group runs past schedule time

4. Schedule too many youth group activities

3. No consistent communication

2. Dont teach on sex

1. Not having an adult relationally reach out to their teen

What would you add?

ent groups, training, listening, resourcing, communicating with, or connecting in some other way, how many of us intentionally slot time each week just for parents of the students we serve?

Research continues to point to the power of parents in the faith of their kids. We can only strengthen our ministrys impact when we strengthen our reach toward parents. Heres Jeremys list of ways to blow it (see the blog for a great description of each and good food for thought):

5. Youth group runs past schedule time

4. Schedule too many youth group activities

3. No consistent communication

2. Dont teach on sex

1. Not having an adult relationally reach out to their teen

What would you add?

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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