I am thinking about refining my title. Right now I am actually an associate pastor, but the title that I tell people is youth minister. The problem is that ministering to youth should only be half of my job (of course right now it is barely 1/4 of my job because of all of the other responsibilities I have, but that is a whole other post). The other half of my job should be the parents of those youth. I think a much better title would be minister to families with students, or something in that line. My job shouldn’t just be to the students it should be to their families as well.
That has been percolating in my head for a few weeks now and it really came home to me on my little sabbatical. If you haven’t checked out the KNOWN curriculum from Lifeway it is really worth the look. One of the cool things they are trying to do is reconnect student development with parents as it should be. This week I have been trying to figure out what I can let go of so that I can more effectively minister to the parents in my church. I will have to keep looking, but right now this seems like something that should be a priority.