One of the aspects of youth ministry that often gets overlooked is the role parents play. We don't want to do that here at IUB, so our goal is to provide you with up to date info about what is going on with activities, lessons, and the lives of your students. If you have questions feel free to contact us and we will help you as best we can.
A Great Resource for Knowing the World of your Student
I was recently given the opportunity to attend the Simply Youth Ministry Conference in Indianapolis. There were an abundance of choices for workshops and seminars to attend, but Liz and I found ourselves drawn to one entitled "Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture." We were taught about what it means to engage youth in the culture they live in and help them filter the things around them through the lens of God's Word. Our seminar was led by Walt Mueller, head of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. This is a great resource, based in Elizabethtown, PA, for parents of students who want to know what is going on in the culture that surrounds them on a daily basis.
This is a great resource for parents. They have lots of stuff that can help you better understand what your students may be exposed to in the culture at large and how to talk to them about it. Check out their website for more information.
Parent Reading List
1. Emergency Response Handbook for parents
Group Publishing has a series of "Emergency Response Handbooks," that take a look at various things your students may face and how to deal with them as a parent (things like stress and anxiety, self-destructive behavior, pornography, lack of motivation, suicide, etc.) The book includes personal stories, steps to take in dealing with the issue, how to talk about it with your student, and many other helpful pieces of advice. I have a copy of this book that I encourage you to check out. If you are interested in getting your own copy you can find them for sale here.
2. The Space Between by Walt Mueller
Dr. Mueller's book about the development of teenagers can be a helpful guide in navigating some of the toughest years in a student's life. Mueller is the head of the CPYU, which you can find a link to on the left.