Partnering with Parents

Partnering_with_Parents_Main_Pic Especially for a 20something youth ministry type, it can be somewhat intimidating to partner with a parent. After all, they remind us so much of our own!

Neil Young recently suggested a few notes regarding being a childless or single youth worker. They included spending time getting to know parents, asking a lot of questions, being humble enough to being an expert in what you are an expert in and not needing to know-all, finding others who can help you, providing resources to parents, and remember to start with what you have in common – all parents used to not have kids. 

John Rinaldo called attention and provided a good list regarding partnering with parents as well.  Some of the suggestions he provided included: Have an evening committed to prayer for families and the ministry, distribute a list of helpful parenting websites/podcasts, have a retreat just for parents, take parents out to coffee and connect with them, and (my favorite) at parent meetings, don’t serve normal youth ministry food (i.e. pizza). Go all out and offer some good stuff, like chocolate covered strawberries. UPDATED:  Christopher Wesley also has some great tips regarding parent meetings!  <image source>

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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