Recently I was at a conference and had a great opportunity to sit in a seminar that was focused on involving parents in Youth Ministry. The emphasis was on plugging in parents as participants and making them informed partners of the ministry their teenagers are involved in. This is not a new paradigm shift in student ministry, but, it is something that over the years has become a focus and almost a necessity in developing a student ministry that is relevant and effective in large, growing churches. This is a short post with a short question: How do you include parents in your ministry?
It's the thought that counts. This is a phrase that I learned growing up and thought it was some unwritten guideline that people should try to live by to be more thankful. After all, it doesn't matter how people help, give, respond or even treat each other, it's all about their thoughts, right? Thoughts are great! Who hasn't heard the phrase "our thoughts are with you" while facing struggles, trials or life changing events. Don't read me wrong; I think it's great to have others thinking of me... as long as those thoughts are followed with an action. I must admit that I am guilty of this on, well, just about a daily basis. Part of me is ashamed to admit that, but it's true. Thoughts of loved ones, friends, leaders, students, and ministry families come to mind but I become to occupied with "stuff" and put no actions to my thoughts. I recently have been challenged to put my "thoughts into action" and follow through with some of the "tugs" my head and heart often experience when people come to mind. I am reminded from God's Word that others will know I have a personal relationship with Christ by my love (the verb) not my thoughts. I pray that you will put your thoughts into action for those you love, serve and lead!