Parent Ministry

Parent Ministry

Killing Wolves. The Things that Pull Families Away.

In Part 1 I looked at the frustration we have as youth ministers when we watch families drift away and we feel helpless to do anything about it.
  Christian/Church parents are removing their families from the safety found connected in a local church and exposing their family to the wolves who simply want to devour their lives. Who are you to judge? I’m not judging. I’ve been working with students and their families for 26 years, I have learned what…

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Parenting

Food for the Wolves.

I ran into a parent this morning that I haven’t seen at church in a very long time. His family came for a while, then became hit and miss, then missing all together. Their child of youth group age never really came to youth group. I let the parent know that their family was greatly missed at church.
The dad then began to list the reason why they are missing. The main reason is the dad is working sun up to…

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Discipleship

Discipleship Strategy in a Wireless World

This post is a continuation of a post that began here Part 1, Part 2. If youth group is no longer meeting a social need we need to consider this question: “Can we even compete to technology when it comes to the social need?” We used to be able to say “Youth group is going to be epic this Wednesday so come and bring a friend.” All because we were going to serve a 30 foot banana split and play…

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student ministry

Changing how we do what we do

Part 2 of 3 part series.  You can find part 1 HERE In my last blog post I wrote about the changes in our kids lives due to the arrival of the iPhone in 2007. I posed the thought that student ministry isn’t like it used to be and doing student ministry the old way is not going to work with this and future generations. I’m not saying these things to be Negative Ned. I’m saying these things because we…

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Parent Ministry

Busy Busy Busy

Busy, I get it. Conversations with parents and students keep pointing and taking us to the conclusion that students and families are super busy and perhaps even operating on an overload.  So as student ministries we see this affect and impact our momentum.  It’s hard to grow a church when the members show up once a month for worship.  It’s hard to grow a student ministry when students show up once a month.  Attendance has such a big influence on…

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Project Care4Kids

I’m so stoked about a new outreach we are starting here at Nags Head Church!  I know that many of us who serve on staff in churches sort of have an entrepreneurial spirit.  So when there is something new I get to be involved in I get excited. In 2015 there were 670,000 children in foster care in the United States.  Unfortunately this number is growing each year.  We aren’t, as a nation, making headway in helping parents to be…

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Discipleship – Connection (Part 2)

Find Part 1 Here. Our connection to God should naturally lead us to be connected with other believers in a local body of believers, the church. (1 Corinthians 12) As we study the New Testament church we find that gathering together with other believers was a priority. (Acts 2) How do we teach our children that this connection to other believers is part of being a follower of Christ? Set the example. Much of our life is intertwined with other…

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Communicating with Parents

We launched our new and improved weekly update for parents today. It shot out to the www on it’s own automatically at 11am. I look forward to using this new tool. Hopefully the new layout will help communicate what is going on. The best part is the e-mail can be forwarded to other parents who can sign up to receive the update each week. Hopefully this will be used as a tool to reach parents who are seeking answers and…

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Article on Age Segmentation in the Church

Nate, our worship and arts dude, sent me a link to a great article.  Here it is.  A good read for church leaders and parents of teens.  Don’t think you are interested in reading the article?  Read some of the things the article shares below: “The statistics are grim. Rainer Research estimates that 70 percent of young people leave the church by age 22.” “If adults in a church caught a vision that every kid needs to have their name…

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Parent Pod

During the summer our youth group has our weekly get together at the beach.  A couple years ago we started the “Parent Pod”.  The parents would bring their beach chairs and gather together and hang out together while the students played in the water and had their Bible study. I’m excited to announce that now the Parent Pod will be carried into the school year.  Several parents have expressed interest in getting together to do a parenting teen study together…

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