Involving and Caring for Parents — The Most Important Youth Workers in Your Community

Breakout by Marv Penner | The parents of our students can be the biggest pains in the neck, or they can be our best partners as we seek to meet our students’ diverse and complex needs. With more than 40 years of next-generation ministry experience, Marv Penner has developed a practical model that turns parents into allies. This seminar goes beyond suggesting that you ask parents to drive the van and bring cookies to the next lock- in. Here you’ll learn practical ways to involve parents in the critical role of providing spiritual nurture for their own children. We’ll talk about the diversity of contemporary family structures that must be taken into account, and we’ll offer encouragement to younger youth workers who may feel that their age disqualifies them from working effectively with parents.