Ephesians 6:12 Do you ever feel like the students’ parents in your student ministry are the problem? I am unsure if you guys have this problem, but sometimes they are a problem. I am here to encourage you today that they are not your enemy! Your enemy is ultimately the devil.

I Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

The devil is the enemy, and he wants to throw away the family. He wants to tear the parents and you apart. He wants to make you feel like they are your enemy. He also wants to make them think that you are their enemy. That is what he is trying to do, you have to understand what is going. My challenge real short is to fight the enemy, the devil, with your parents! We must fight the enemy with our parents! We are going to write about ways to build our relationships with our parents:

  1. Work at earning their respect – Take time when they are concerned. Remember, that child is their greatest possession. Put yourselves in their shoes. Keep your word and practice what you preach. Start and end on time
  2. Keep them informed – Meet regularly with parents (I Recommend once every 3 months). Send out newsletters, emails, texts, bulletin announcements, etc.
  3. Take Criticism from parents with a good Spirit – We are called to love, and we need to have a loving spirit. You gain respect when you take time to listen to their concern, this is shepherding the flock. This is the flock that God gave you so take time to listen to their concerns.
  4. Never Keep Secrets – Keep informed with serious incidents like drugs, sex, or alcohol abuse. Live by this philosophy: Your job is to the parents more than the teens.
  5. Godliness – I Peter 1:15-16 says, “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”  The most effective way to gain their respect is to be like Jesus. Romans 8:29 says, “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

If you have any further thoughts, please comment or send a direct email to joshhevans@gmail.com!

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