Believing in parents, is essential for churches and parents to partner together…do we believe this? And if we do, how do we demonstrate this within the walls of our own ministry?
Hear from Kelly Dolan, blogger and Orange attender…
This morning I attended a breakout called Orange-ology, the Teen Years, which was an introduction to the Orange philosophy within student ministries.
As a first-time Orange Conference attender, and someone who has served parents of students over the past few years, I was most interested to hear presenters Stuart Hall and Jarod Herd talk about the role of parents.
One major emphasis was the deep need for youth workers to believe in parents, and how a lack of trust often causes youth workers to take on way too much responsibility for the spiritual development of students. The danger is that we effectively place ourselves in a position reserved only for a parent.
One thing I’m interested in learning more about (perhaps this afternoon?): Given the fact that almost 40% of children will grow up without one or both biological parents in the home, how does the role of the church leader need to change? And, is there an ever-increasing need for a different kind of influence/authority in students lives altogether?
Essentially, is there a role that only parents can play, and will those roles change as the picture of the traditional family changes?