Back to School: Meet the Parents

So the teenagers are heading back to school.  Maybe your office will finally get cleaned now.  After making your trip to Goodwill with all the unclaimed junk left over from camp, consider spending the first few weeks of school making contact with moms and dads.

Youth Ministry Back to School

School starts and we’re nursing kick-off weeks and asking kids about their first few days of classes – But just as their routines are all new, so are Mom’s and Dad’s.  So seize that opportunity:

  1. Write a note to every parent.  “Hey Mr. Jackson:  Praying for Michael as he heads back to school this week.  Praying for you, too.  Let me know if I can pray for something specific!”  ~darren
  2. If you know of specific students who may struggle with the first few weeks of school, invite the parent(s) out for coffee.  Chances are if things are stressful the first few weeks of school, they’re gonna be stressful at home, as well.  Mom and Dad might need a place to drop some baggage, seek some counsel, or just escape for a few moments.
  3. In a tough economy, you’ll have a few families struggling to make ends meet.  Things like back-to-school clothes or basic supplies will not be in their budgets.  Use benevolence of missions money to provide some needed gift cards to alleviate stress for those families.
  4. Ask the senior pastor to plan a family focused sermon series for the first month of school.  Folks are getting back to ‘routine; when school starts and may intentionally make room for church during those first few months.
  5. Be a cheerleader.  After a few months of summer vacation, kids won’t like going back to routine.  And mom and dad will be insisting on it.  When you catch kids complaining, try to put a positive spin on what their folks are trying to accomplish at home.

So as you’re basking in the sleeping-bag-free corners of your office and leaning into the lives of students as they head back to school, don’t forget Mom and Dad.  An investment in them (any time of year) is an investment in students.

Darren

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