Today we have a guest post from Kara Powell, the Executive Director of Fuller Youth Institute and author of several books (including Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, and Help! I’m a Woman in Youth Ministry), who flew in recently and wrote about her experience with the Orange staff. You can read more from her here.
Last week I got to spend 24 hours with the great leadership team of reThink in Atlanta, Georgia. I first met Reggie Joiner last fall and we had a great connection.
With Reggie’s team, we had a great discussion about how to best engage with parents. The reality is that parents are the primary influence on their kids – far more influential than church leaders. And yet the last thing parents need is to be motivated by a sense of guilt or a long “to do” list of all the behaviors they should be doing that feels overwhelming. It feels overwhelming because it is overwhelming.
Reggie gave me the new book he co-authored with Carey Nieuwhof called Parenting Beyond Your Capacity. I love their definition of spiritual leadership for parents: “Spiritual leadership means parents assume the primary responsibility to help their kids take the next step in their pursuit of a relationship with God.”
It’s one step forward.
That reminds me of an invitation at our church that we’ve extended – help one person who doesn’t know Jesus yet take one step closer to Him.
I love that focus on “one step forward”. It’s so do-able and motivating, while not being overwhelming.
What do you focus on in your ministry to help parents take another step?