We prepare ourselves to work with hurting teens. We read up on strategies and resources. We surround ourselves with people who are counselors, psychologists and crisis professionals. But, what happens when it’s a hurting parent in your ministry?
Just like teenagers parents are hurting because life is messy. They might be hurting because:
- Their teenager is hurting.
- They are going through a divorce or death.
- They do not know how to communicate with their teenager.
- They are scared that they are failing as a parent.
No matter the struggle parents need pastoral care. As a youth minister you need to be there for the parent because it affects the teens. If parents are hurting then the teenager will know and it could cause worry, and frustration. A healthy youth ministry is there to serve both parents and teenagers.
To help a hurting parent you need to make sure you: Continue Reading →