Friday, February 19, 2010

Perspectives From the Field: My Journey as a Parent in Youth Ministry

I remember the first few times I went to help out at the youth group meetings at our church. My daughter was not too happy with the idea at first. But, soon she enjoyed having me there.

It is great being an involved parent. You get to see the progression of the youth, including your own. It also helped me as an adult -- with my faith walk and in my understanding youth of today.

One of the joys of being a youth worker and a parent is the relationship you can develop with your own children. It is amazing to see the growth of young people as they become adults. Plus in today’s society, there are so many temptations youth face daily.

To me, it was important to be a youth worker because I wanted a firmer relationship with my children, and the people influencing them – those with whom they hung out. As time has gone by, relationships developed between myself and the youth I have worked with over the years. That process of engagement also helped me to be more comfortable with doing more in my church.

Every parent should be involved in some way, shape or form with the youth of/in their congregation. What better to show your children that you really care about them? Even if they complain at first, they will come to enjoy having you there.

Lori Watson
Pleasant Hill UMC, Pleasnt Hill, MO
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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