If I could only share one thing with parents, it would be this:
If you are concerned about young people having
a lackluster, less-than-consequential faith
and demand to know why,
look no farther than the model provided by yourselves
and the adult faith community around you.
This comes from Kenda Dean’s book Almost Christian. It is based on the research of the National Study on Youth and Religion.
If we as youth ministers want something more of faith from young people then we must partner and collaborate with parents and other adults. The above line is not meant as an indictment as much as a challenge and invitation. Teenagers are imitating a kind of faith that even they do not feel is overly consequential but it is one that they are learning from home and church.
What would be your one thing that you feel should be shared with parents?