Every youth leader, volunteer, or pastor has failed at some point in their communication or interaction with their teenagers' parents. Most youth workers are still pretty young themselves, and most parents are guarded and protective of their kids. These factors combine to create a minefield for parents and youth workers to navigate.
Youth ministry mogul Mark Oestreicher starts off A Volunteer Youth Worker's Guide to Resourcing Parents by admitting some of his own failures in his interactions with students' parents. But then Marko uses the rest of the book to explore the importance and deep significance of being intentional with parent contact and interaction, and not letting family ministry slip through the cracks in favor of teenager-only ministry.
If you've had some discouraging interactions with parents lately, this book might help provide a new perspective, allowing you to show some grace, both to yourself and the parents you're trying to minister to.
In A Volunteer Youth Worker’s Guide to Resourcing Parents, Mark Oestreicher explores the importance and deep significance of being intentional with parent contact and interaction, and not letting family ministry slip through the cracks in favor of teenager-only ministry.
Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and former president of Youth Specialties. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0 and Middle School Ministry, Marko is a sought after speaker, writer and consultant. Marko leads the Youth Ministry Coaching Program and other projects under the banner of The Youth Cartel. Marko lives in San Diego with his wife Jeannie and two teenage children.