Tim Schmoyer is former youth pastor at Alexandria Covenant Church in Alexandria, Minnesota. He has a passion for seeing teenagers grow in their relationship with Christ along with a hobby in technology and Web development. Tim offers many great resources to youth ministers for free on his website; learn more from Tim at StudentMinistry.org.
“The more I read youth ministry blog posts, it feels like there’s a growing dichotomy between how we work with parents in our youth ministries.
The first approach doesn’t come right out and say this, but to me it feels like we’re essentially replacing parents by assuming the roles and responsibilities scripture gives to parents. That includes things like:
- assuming responsibility for teenagers’ spiritual growth
- preparing them for the future
- building a spiritual foundation for them
- teaching good morals
- helping them make right choices and establish good habits
- keeping their focus on Jesus
- and more…….”
QUESTION FOR YOU: Do you see a difference between replacing and partnering with parents? What effects does each have on our youth ministries and teenagers?