Part of the reason I started this blog was to write about the adventure that is parenting teenagers. Being a student pastor I have a unique perspective on this, but I don’t have first hand knowledge of raising teens as my boys are 8 and almost 4. We understand that parents are in uncharted territory in raising today’s teens. The culture has changed so much in the last 20-30 years that parents are at a loss when trying to navigate things like students and cell phones, social media, google, being insta-famous, etc.
Because of the reasons listed above, we have started a community group for parents called POTS (Parents Of TeenS) that meets on Wednesday nights during our Student worship time (6pm-7pm). This group is designed to do 5 things…
- Create a safe place for parents– We want to encourage parents to be open and discuss the highs and lows of raising teens. We want to help you realize that you aren’t alone in struggling with your teen and today’s culture
- Be Biblical about it- We want to help you know and understand what the Bible says about parenting. We also want to give you practical steps for implementing those Biblical doctrines for parenting in your house.
- Give you a mentor- We have an awesome couple (Jim and Vev Arrington) that will be leading our parents group. They will tell you that they aren’t experts, but they raised 2 daughters who are now adults and spent decades in public education. We wanted to give you the opportunity to pick their brains on what they did right and wrong with parenting and give you someone to use as a resources.
- Connect you to the Student Ministry- Lastly, we want you to know that parents are important to your student ministry. We may be called the Student Ministry, but we desire to minister to students just as much, if not more, that we do to the parents. We want you to get a glimpse of what we do on Wednesday nights.
- Grow you closer to your student- We desire for you to grow closer to your student through POTS. This desire will be carried out by you discussing the same or related topic in POTS to the topic I will be preaching about to your students in Student Worship at the same time. This way, you can have practical discussion with your student after you get done and have a starting point for discussion based off of what both of you learned that night.
We are extremely excited here at FBCE Student Ministry to see how God is going to use POTS to turn the hearts of parents and teens toward each other. Our desire is to see God glorified in all the families in our church and community. Hope to see both you and your student this Wednesday night, January 24th, at 6pm.
Yours in Christ,