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How to Serve Parents in Youth Ministry

We love parents who are doing their best, and some who seem to be doing their worst.

We find a way through prayer.
We ask, God what do I need to be today as your catalyst?
The reaction you are looking for—that’s what I want—so mold me and shape me so that I might be able to connect teenagers and their families with the grace of Jesus Christ.

I know my youth pastor prayed for our family.
There’s no way he didn’t.
I also know that he never knew how crazy things really were sometimes.
He was aware and intuitive, knowing some things about us.
But because our family life was mostly private—he could never know what I knew or what my parents knew or what we were going through, completely.

He did know how to serve us, love us and be the catalyst—a bridge—where high faith importance wasn’t quite getting me to the other side, and when he did that, I walked across and said hello to Jesus.

Don’t feel so pressured to get it all right. You’ll be all right when you get on your knees, listen, and then lay down your life.

This article originally appeared here.

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Brooklyn recently founded The Justice Movement, a church youth movement that helps teenagers help others. Her priority is to inspire and resource youth to break cycles of poverty through faith in action. An ordained pastor, Brooklyn has served in full time youth ministry for the last 16 years, authored numerous books, contributes and communicates for Orange Leaders, and speaks at camps and conferences. She, her husband Coy, and daughters Kirra and Mya live in Lakeland, FL where they like being outside, playing with their dog Marley. www.brooklynlindsey.com @brooklynlindsey/ www.justicemovement.com @thejustmove