||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
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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KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
If you have any other youth ministry ideas you want to share, please
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Jonathan R. McKee
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