Adult Volunteers are essential for our Youth Ministry. The responsibility to come alongside students and teach them, mentor them and be Christ-like models for them is a weighty one, but one that also comes with amazing rewards! How might you use your gifts to help in our Youth Ministry? Here are some ideas:
- Teach Sunday School
- Lead a Small Group at Dig
- Teach or “Mingle” at Underground
- Help lead worship at Underground
- Plan or Chaperone Launch Events/Retreats
- Provide Snacks for Events
- Mentor a Student
- Help with Media
- Pray for our kids and our ministry!
- How else might you use your gifts to serve?
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 says: You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
According to this passage, parents play the biggest role in helping students to build their lives on the Word of God. Our goal is to assist you in this not only by teaching and mentoring your children, but also by providing you with resources on parenting teenagers.
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Here are a few helpful links to aid you in your role as a parent:
- Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (A guide to help you and your kids better understand youth culture
- Rooted Ministry (Rooted Ministry offers a place to reflect theologically on how student ministers can ground their message and ministries more deeply in the Cross and the Gospel of grace.)
- The Source for Youth Ministry (Ideas and resources for youth ministry, youth culture and parenting)
- Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM equips students to serve now as well as in college. This is a resource to help you find great training opportunities for your kids)
- Plugged in Online (Want to know more about pop culture? Plugged in comes at it from a Christian perspective)
- iShine Ministries (Designed for parents of middle school students, iShine provides an alternative for your child to experience media in a way that is healthy and safe for their minds and hearts)
- Digital Kids Initiative (Providing information and resources for parents, youth workers, and educators to help kids navigate their digital world)
Recommended Books for Parents
- How Children Raise Their Parents by Dan Allender
- The Next Story by Tim Challies
- When Kids Hurt by Chap Clark and Steve Rabey
- Growing Up Christian by Karl Graustein
- 99 Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers by Walt Mueller
- The Space Between by Walt Mueller
- Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey
- Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp
- Hurt 2.0 by Chap Clark