5 Ways To Come Alongside Of Parents

Parents used to scare me.  I used to think they were out to get me because many interactions were filled with criticism, disappointment and stress.

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It’s taken me years of ministry and having kids of my own to realize that parent’s are not looking to pick a fight.  Instead they are looking for assistance, insight and guidance when it comes to their own teenager.  As youth ministers we need to come alongside of parents by:

5 Steps To Healthy And Fun Youth Ministry

I’m someone who loves to laugh and have a good time.  I’m also someone who doesn’t like to waste time.  If I’m ever in that situation the first question that pops into my mind is, “Why are we doing this?”  

The question comes from a need of purpose.  And in youth ministry it’s easy to do a ton of things that have no purpose, including fun.

Now fun does belong in youth ministry.  In fact it’s an important part of reaching out to teenagers and growing disciples because it can:

Why Cohesiveness Is Key

And 3 Steps To Build It

In high school I was on a baseball team that couldn’t win even if we paid the other team to forfeit.  We had talent, and skill, we just lacked cohesiveness.  We weren’t exactly the epitome of team.

If you work in a parish you are a part of a team.  Even if you are the only youth minister.  There are men and women that you need to rely because cohesiveness is key.  It’s so important for any staff to have because:

What You Need To Do To Get Your Message Heard

I was recently asked, “What form of communication do you use to communicate with teens?”  I replied, “As many forms as possible.”  The number one mistake we all make when it comes to communicating is not doing it enough.

You could have a thought, communicate that thought and believe that everyone else now has that same thought, but that would be foolish.  To communicate effectively and make your message stick you need to:

How To Make Your Content Stick

You know what you want teens to know, but getting them to embrace it is a challenge.  Many times it’s easy to blame teens for not having the passion.  But, it might not be a passion problem you are experiencing.  Your delivery system could just stink.

Content is key and to make it stick you need a solid delivery system.  If you cannot communicate content effectively it will lose it’s authority and impact.  To communicate effectively and keep your students engaged you need to make sure you have: