The Middle Years Ministry

Formerly "The JH Uth Guy", THE MIDDLE YEARS MINISTRY is a Site Dedicated to Providing Resources, Ideas, and Help to Pastors, Leader, Directors, Teachers, Mentors and Anyone Else Working in
the
Pivotal and Important 5th-9th Grade Years. The "Middle Years" are not children's ministry, not high school ministry, and are more than just Middle School. It is a unique and specialized ministry.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Top 10: Why Parents CAN Make Great Leaders? (*Hint & Help #16)

Parents of your students, parents of former student, or just in general people who are/have been parents CAN make great leaders.  The key word is "can".  I am not saying that every parent and all parents are great leaders.   Honestly there are quite a few parents, while well meaning and trying to come from a good place, just need to park the helicopter and give their kids just a little bit of room to breath.

I am also not saying that if you are not a parent, it disqualifies you from being a leader.  This is an encouragement for all us out there, much like myself for many years that would never let parents be leaders other than a few small roles here and there.   Especially when I was a young youth pastor, I did not want parents as leaders.

Here are the top 10 reasons to consider using parents as leaders and why parents CAN and MAY be great leaders...

10. Maturity- An adult that is a parent CAN be more mature.  They CAN be less likely to say something dumb or respond immaturely to a situation.

9. Life Experience- A parent CAN add some great things to your ministry and to conversations and teaching because they have more life experiences.  They CAN bring the good and the bad of their past mistakes into a small group time.

8. Relationships with Other Parents- The right parent as a leader CAN be your greatest defender and communicator.  You CAN send a parent out of your ministry armed with all the good stuff into their circle of influence with other parents.   Parents CAN be more likely to listen to another parents when it  comes to your ministry.

7. Time Management- Parents CAN be better managers of time, because they have to be already.   While they may have a million things "on their plate", they CAN know how to balance it.

6. Training- Parents CAN come to you already trained.  Whether it be from a work setting, another ministry, or some other way.  Parent CAN more likely to come to already prepared with the tools to be a great leader.

5. Reliability- Being a parent CAN mean that others are relying on you (*kids, spouse...), so parent CAN be more reliable.   They CAN be use to living up to other expectations and being relied on, so when it comes to your ministry they CAN be reliable.

4. Resources- Parents CAN have resources that you don't know about or might have never thought of.  They have work connections, local connections, and the inside scoop on all kinds of things.  They CAN be a wealth of information and be a go to in finding last minute resources and help.

3. Patience- Parents CAN be patient.  Not all parents are patient, but as a parent they have learned the maturity and life skill of being patient with silly actions, dumb questions, and just plain annoying little people.

2. Respect- Parents CAN come to your ministry already pre-loaded with an element of respect.  They are a parents, so automatically the CAN get and have respect, even before it is truly earned.

1. WISDOM- Father knows best and Mom always said? Parents CAN bring to your ministry more than knowledge and understanding.  They CAN bring to your ministry Wisdom. They CAN bring to their role as a leader Godly insight and discernment.

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