Sticky Faith Stories
Lately I’ve been reading a lot of parenting blogs, family ministry books, and research on raising kids. One of the threads of thinking and research that I have seen is the recommendation that parents need to share their mistakes with their kids.
This guest post is from Lisa Evans, Student Ministries Director at the Highway Community Church in Mountain View, CA. When we signed up for the 2012 Sticky Faith Cohort, we knew it would change our youth ministry. None of us anticipated how much it would also impact our entire church staff dynamic, breaking silos and fostering more collaboration than ever.
Despite all that was already great about camp, something different happened this summer. Our senior pastor came with us. I’m sure I looked surprised, because he emphasized that he was serious, and that he even wanted to ride on the bus.
Last winter, one of our volunteers suggested a new kind of parent meeting she had experienced at her home church. The idea sounded like a winner. Two weekends ago we finally took the chance to try it out. The result? Our most fruitful, best-attended high school parent meeting in my past ten years of ministry.
Recently I did something new that helped me better understand common family rhythms in my context. Each year at school parents are asked to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences. Hearing from some other friends who had tried this model in ministry, I decided to host Pastor/Parent Conferences with families in our ministry.
This past weekend, my seven year-old and I made a double batch of brownies. Brownies are somewhat of a family specialty for us (it’s all about the butter and the extra chocolate chips). None of these brownies went to the five Powells.
After our daughter moved away to attend college, we realized that we had not prepared her very well for the reality of what she might encounter. My husband and I had been open with our children and had shared what we experienced in our college years. Yet even as a high school guidance and college counselor, I was surprised at how much I underestimated the influence and exposure college students face.