It Never Stops
Not too long ago I wrote about the necessity of encouraging your lay leaders. Most of your volunteers work a 40 hour a week (or more) job and still give up hours of their time to minister to the students in your ministry. Too often they go unnoticed and under-appreciated. Today I want to talk to you about encouraging your parents. I don’t mean your biological parents, but the parents of the kids involved in your ministry.
No, I’m not a parent yet. But I can only imagine how draining it must be. You and your leaders (unless you have teens of your own) get to go home at the end of youth group and after each event and have a teen-free environment to vedge. Parents, however, do not have that luxury. Don’t get me wrong, having teenage children is a blessing, but everybody needs a break now and again, and most parents of teenagers probably aren’t getting that. Without such a break, parents get worn out, fed up, and may even start questioning the effectiveness of their parenting as a whole. As youth minsters and volunteers, out ministry extends beyond the middle school and high school age group. We are also called to minister to the parents. Moreover, we are called to minister to the whole family.
Just this morning Jason and I were marveling at the fact that once we do have kids, there is no “going back”. Right now we have the pleasure of enjoying each others’ company. Once we have kids, that dynamic will not go away, but it will be different. Once you’re a parent you never stop being a parent – whether you’re 20, 40, or 60. What an incredible blessing and responsibility that is! And at times, what a burden. That’s where we come in.
I beg you not to forget the parents involved in or affected by your ministry in some way, shape, or form. Maybe that means you plan a parents night out where you simply offer to watch their kids while they go out on a date. Or maybe you have a parents event where you dote on them, and maybe even have their kids serve them for a change in roles. Whatever this means for you and your youth ministry, we cannot be neglecting one of the most crucial parts of family ministry – the backbone and foundation – the parents. Whether or not your church offers things for parents to get recharged or not, I challenge you to find ways to recharge them also.
Posted on May 2, 2012, in Leadership, Parenting and tagged Christianity, Church, Church Ministry, Encourage, Encouragement, Family, Family Ministry, Leadership, Parenting, Parents, Pastor, Religion, Student Ministry, Youth, Youth Ministry, Youth Pastor, Youth Work. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.