Partnering with Parents

Articles on Rooted

Youth Ministry With a Mission: Partnering With Parents for God’s Glory by Mark Culton

Family Milestones and Parent/Child Discipleship by Seth Stewart

Should the Youth Pastor Disciple Parents? Mike McGarry

A Parent’s Perspective Part One; What I Pray For in a Youth Pastor by Anna Meade Harris

A Parent’s Perspective Part Two: What I for in a Youth Pastor by Anna Meade Harris

How Grace Informs the Youth Leader’s Relationships With Parents by Liz Edrington

What Youth Pastors Would Like to Tell Parents: It Takes a Village by Kerry Trunfio

What Youth Pastors Would Like to Tell Parents: The Culture is More Hostile Than You Think by Taylor Mendoza

What Youth Pastors Would Like to Tell Parents: Changed by Beholding by Seth Stewart

What Youth Pastors Would Like to Tell Parents: You Are First, I Am Fifth by Kris Fernhout

Partnering With Parents: Give Them Some Space by Shaun McDonald

Partnering With Parents: The Student Minister’s Balancing Act by Davis Lacey

Partnering With Parents: A Conversation with Liz Edrington, Andy Cornett, Sarah Seibels and Dave Wright podcast


Shift: What It Takes to Finally Reach Families Today by Bryan Haynes. Building a family ministry that serves throughout all the milestones of child rearing.

Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples by Timothy Paul Jones. A handbook for church leaders who want to equip parents to be the primary disciple-makers in the lives of their children.

Perspectives on Family Ministry: Three Views by Paul Renfro, Brandon Shields, and Jay Strother. Learn three strategies — Family- Integrated Ministry, Family-Based Ministry, and Family- Equipping Ministry — to disciple parents as they disciples their children in the home.

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel Siegel- An excellent book on teen development; helpful both for youth minister and for parents.

The End of Youth Ministry? Why Parents Don’t Really Care about Youth Groups and What Youth Workers Should Do about It by Andrew Root. Root’s book will go a long way towards helping youth ministers understand the choices parents face, and how they are making decisions for their families.

Family Discipleship: Leading Your Home Through Time, Moments, and Milestones by Matt Chandler and Adam Griffin. One of the many strengths of the book is that it helps parents develop a plan for spiritual discipleship that is utterly uncompromising on its commitment to God’s truth and graciously flexible to the individual family.

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