We talk all the time about wanting to help parents be good parents through the Church. After reading a lot yesterday in YouthWorker Journal [YWJ] about discipling the youth in our ministries, and after sitting in a discipleship-focused group gathering yesterday morning, Michael and I talked about how to get the youth ministry here to that place of disciple-formation, as it was intended.
YWJ’s articles talked about what we’re missing — from ministry, from parents, from general expectations of teenagers — and how to refocus on what’s important.
And today, I stumble across this open letter to parents, from a parent of young adults. I wish every parent in youth ministry here could read it:
Keys to Making Your Kid Apathetic About Faith
- Put academic pursuits above faith-building activities.
- Chase the gold ball first and foremost.
- Teach your kids that the dollar is almighty.