The parent youth ministry relationship seems to have tension. Sometimes parents think youth workers are pushing boundaries and they are not sure whose side they are on. Youth workers want to serve parents but they have a much larger focus on students. Youth workers often think they need to take the students’ side in order to have a relationship with them. To break down these walls of suspicion youth workers need to find ways to serve parents. Here is one idea:
Parents don’t know all the ways to preparing for college, especially when it comes to paying for it. Ask a Christian college near you to come and make a presentation to parents on how to prepare for college. Most colleges have this kind of presentation and they would love to talk directly to parents of Christian students. It’s a win, win, win. The parents get help, the college gets to talk to parents and you get to serve parents and break down walls.
About the Author
Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners who never leave their side. Doug grew up in… Read More