The Source for Youth Ministry
Jonathan's Resource Ezine

Weekly Resources, Ideas and Articles from The Source for Youth Ministry
Tuesday, September 17, 2002

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ARE YOU REACHING YOUTH... OR THE WHOLE FAMILY? What's all this "Family Based Youth Ministry" about anyway?

Is your ministry reaching youth . . . or the whole family? Good Question. YouthBuilders' Vice President Mike De Vries gives us some great insight on this subject and, better yet, some free resources we can use this week!

"What's all this 'Family-Based Youth Ministry' stuff all about anyway?"
Mike DeVries
Vice President, YouthBuilders

Maybe you've heard it before, maybe you haven't. There are people who are talking about a family-based model or approach to youth ministry, but what does it really mean? Is it all about adding more programs for parents and families? What about the non-Christian parents and families, what do we do about them? There's been a lot of talk and philosophizing about family-based youth ministry, but what's the reality?

The reality is simply this: our calling as youth workers is not to minister to students in a vacuum, but in the context of their most influential setting, their families. Family-based youth ministry is not a program, a strategy, or a model. Family-based youth ministry is the mindset in which we do ministry. Family-based youth ministry is about including parents in the equipping and nurture of their children. It's about finding connection points where parents can be involved in the spiritual dimension of their children's lives. Here are a few ideas for making the quantum leap in mindset.

  • When you hear of or see a student's growth in Christ, jot a note to the parents to let them know about it.

  • Provide parents with "Parent/Family Pages" - a small group interaction where the family can continue the discussion of what you talked about on Sunday morning.

  • Invite parents to be a part of the baptizing of their kids.

  • Instead of eating dinner with just the student, have dinner with the entire family.

  • Include parents in the process of growth - share with them what you're praying for their children, have them pray too.

  • Offer parents a set of follow-up family devotions for an after camp/retreat or missions/service project.

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From all of us at YouthBuilders - thanks for all you do for the Kingdom!

YOUTH SPECIALTIES' FREE PROGRAMMING ARTICLE. Featuring Jonathan's Article "Do Games Still Work?"

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If you like what you read, YS provides the following link at the end of the article to buy the book from us, THE SOURCE: http://www.thesource4ym.com We have a few hundred of the FREE RESOURCE CD's left for those who order the book from us. These CD's will not be reprinted- get them while they are here.

If you have any other youth ministry ideas you want to share, please email me

God Bless!
Jonathan R. McKee

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