Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Parents, I'll Make a Deal With You

Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

I love being a student pastor. I love being Cross Culture Church's student pastor. I work with a whole team that loves students. We get the opportunity to hangout and influence the next generation. How cool is that? We teach the Bible, make progress in student's walks with Christ, have fun, and encourage each other. But here is the thing, we have a very limited amount of time with your student.

Waking hours in a week: 119
    • Hours in school: 40
    • Hours in extra-curricular activities: 10
    • Waking Hours at home: 57
    • Hours texting/snap chatting a week: probably 8+
    • Hours in Church: 4
On a good week we'll see any of the students (if they're at life group and church) 4 hours. That means if they are very faithful we hang out for about 3% of their week. That's not a lot of time to build relationships, but we try to make the best of it.

Teenagers are going to have problems (duh), and parents, one day you're going to come to end of your rope and you're not going to know what to do. I hope you'll call me. I certainly don't know it all, but I'll do my best to talk to you through some stuff. We'll make plans and pray through how to help your teen. But The Cross Culture Student team can only influence your teen as much as they know and trust us.

Trust is something built. It comes through years, time, conflict, and honesty. We're on your side, we'll try hard, but if your student doesn't know or trust us there is very little we'll be able to do.

Trouble is going to come and you're going to want a Christ-following third party on your side. We can be those people. Get your student involved! Make youth group a priority. Not only will it help you and them as they learn the Word of God and apply it to their lives, it will help you later when your student trusts us and cares what we say. That 3% could change your students life. Let's make a deal. We'll work together to get your student through some of the most confusing years of their life. We'll share the burden.