It is really interesting how youth workers seem to have a love / hate, ok, maybe a hate / hate relationship with parents.
This last week I was at a national gathering with youth workers and in a break out session with 35 colleagues, I asked them to share their biggest frustration in ministry. No, joke, in unison, the all said parents! It was interesting as it was sad. For whatever reason, the tenor of student ministry professionals is that we are God's agent for the spiritual development of students. We are awesome. We are experts at adolescent development and faith formation. (At least, that is what we tell ourselves.) We spend our entire existence dreaming up programs and meeting with students so that they will come to love Jesus. But then our hearts get crushed as our students don't show up to the parties we throw because we are getting such little support from parents.
I mean, COME ON! Is soccer really more important!!Read More