7 Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Parent Meeting

As I talk with other student pastors, I find that one of the most frustrating things in student ministry is leading a successful parent meeting. The reasons that this is difficult and frustrating are varied. Parents do not attend the meetings Parents seem to be bored when they attend I cannot seem to engage parents with small group leaders What do I do at a parent meeting? Because of these reasons, many student pastors never really connect with many parents in their student ministry because of their struggle in hosting effective parent meetings. Here is what we must remember, parent … Continue reading 7 Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Parent Meeting

The 5 Greatest Challenges of Kids Ministry

By: Jordan Ledwell It’s easy to discuss overcoming challenges when surveying other ministries, but it is much more difficult to look at your church in the mirror and diagnose what every church struggles with in relation to kid’s ministry.  This list is definitely not exhaustive, nor is it a checklist for a perfect kid’s ministry, but it is a collection of questions we can ask ourselves that will help Kid’s Pastors and volunteers find common ground.  Many times when we hear other people share their weaknesses, it brings to light our own difficulties and allows us to move past them … Continue reading The 5 Greatest Challenges of Kids Ministry

Disney Kids Show Features Lesbian Couple

The Disney hit show, “Good Luck Charlie” announced last summer that it would feature an episode featuring a lesbian couple. The show aired this past Sunday night. In the show, the parents of the little girl (Charlie) set up a play date with one of her friends. Her friend just so happened to have two mothers. What is shocking is the kid friendly influence of the show. It is for kids, but yet the show has seemingly made homosexuality the normal lifestyle for the upcoming generation. Miley Cyrus is arguably the largest Disney star who starred in her role on … Continue reading Disney Kids Show Features Lesbian Couple

What Does Family Ministry Look Like?

One idea of ministry that many student ministries seem to be going for is “family ministry.” I have seen many churches hiring “family pastors.” It is becoming a trend. I think that it is a very good trend. This is a little bit of a different concept that our church is accustomed to. We have sought to change things just a bit to move in this direction. For years, student ministry has become a baby sitting service, and parents are relying on the youth leaders to grow their children into becoming a follower of Jesus. This is not how God … Continue reading What Does Family Ministry Look Like?

How to Plan an Effective Parent Meeting

Okay, we get it, we are supposed to connect, engage , and release parents to be the primary disciplers of their teenagers. I do not think many youth pastors would argue with the fact that this is part of our job description as youth pastors. The question is how? How do we go about becoming a family ministry. Obviously, emails, texts, and interaction works. I have found that parent meetings are effective. When I first started in youth ministry, every parent meeting that I had was strictly informative. They were short, and basically regarding youth events, nothing more. Now, I am … Continue reading How to Plan an Effective Parent Meeting

Boundaries for Youth Leaders

It seems like a regular occurrence that I hear about a youth pastor or a youth leader messing up with a teenager sexually. It is sad, but it is the reality. The reality is simple. Anyone of us could fall into this type of trouble without boundaries. Boundaries are there to protect us. Here are a few boundaries for youth leaders (particularly males): Do not find yourself in a car alone with the opposite sex– This is a no brainer. A male leader does not need to take girls home by himself. Find a female leader to do that. There are lady … Continue reading Boundaries for Youth Leaders