Mom on a Mission Trip?

helping-parents-connectWith summer trips just around the corner, involve the parents of the students you lead using this handy new resource from Leader Treks!  It gets parents connected to the experience before, during, and after the mission trip.  Who knows?  It might whet their whistles enough to join you on next year’s family mission trip!

Leader Treks produces stellar leadership material – and they’re great folks!  Check out the new book here – and then peruse the rest of their resources!

Who Do Kids ‘Belong’ To?

This video has created quite a stir!

On the surface, I understand why people are wary and suspicious of this philosophy.  As a parent, I believe it is my absolute responsibility to raise my kids well – to invest in them – to build, if you will, good people.

But as a student pastor, I also recognize what a tough and lonely job that can be.  I love partnering with parents to assist them in their own ‘building projects.’

Here’s the subtle difference:  one philosophy suggests that parents and ‘community’ serve equally and combined…possibly even suggesting parents turn over the building plans to someone else.  I believe that parents, however, are the primary builders — and, frankly, the most important ones.  My see my role as a community member as assisting in their building project when and where needed and allowed.

And for the record, as parents, we don’t ‘own’ our children – but we fully own the responsibility for raising them…and if there are flaws in our design plan….well, then we own those, too.


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