Practical Ways to Connect with Parents in Student Ministry

By: Mark Etheridge The more I’m a part of student ministry; the more I realize the need to connect with the parents of my students. The emphasis on working with parents in student ministry is a recent trend, and I believe it is both healthy and biblical. When it comes to parent ministry, I believe there are two major objectives: Informing and Equipping. But then question that arises, “What does this look like in actual ministry?” This is a question I’ve wrestled with as a student pastor, and I would like to provide a few ways to help you connect … Continue reading Practical Ways to Connect with Parents in Student Ministry

Book Review: Letters to God by Cassandra Smith

When I first heard of the release of this book, I was immediately interested. Then, I had the opportunity to read the book and give a review on the blog which made it more intriguing to me. “Letters to God” is a book that details and fills you in on the feelings, the emotions, the joys, and the struggles of being a teenager. In fact, the book is a great representation of the feelings of students across America. The book was written over the years at youth conferences across America. The decisions at altar calls were put into book form … Continue reading Book Review: Letters to God by Cassandra Smith

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

2014 Grammy’s Review for Parents

Last night’s Grammy Awards show was a mirror into the future of our culture. Granted, youth culture bloggers always tend to say things such as this, but it was true. Music plays an important part in our culture. Everyone loves music..okay, not everyone, but most people. We all like different genre’s of music, but music in general is something that all of us enjoy. For many, it is an outlet. For others, it is entertainment. Last night, the biggest stage in the music industry took place: The GRAMMYS. I tuned in for a few minutes here and there to check … Continue reading 2014 Grammy’s Review for Parents

4 Things Parents should Model in front of their kids

Ephesians 6:4 says, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Paul tells the church to not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and encouragement of the Lord. All discipline will fail, and all encouragement with no discipline will fail. You have to have balance. I think all of us in here want to do this, but how? Practically, how can we raise our kids in the nurture and admonition of the Lord? Illustration: We all have memories of our childhood and … Continue reading 4 Things Parents should Model in front of their kids

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

Top 5 Posts of 2013

This is something that I have done the last couple of years, and I figured that I would continue with the tradition. It is always fun for me to look back at the year, and see which posts you read the most. To Clarify, each post mentioned below were written this year. I appreciate all who stop by the blog, and I hope that I can continue to deliver content that you would like to read. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 posts from 2013: 5. Music Review- “We can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus– This was a … Continue reading Top 5 Posts of 2013