For the past several days, I have been searching for curriculum. I’m trying to find some sort of DVD, or book series, for our new Parents Small Group. But overall, I’ve been pretty discouraged by the search process. This is what I have discovered: Most of the “Parenting Series” focus on 1) how destructive and stressful teenagers are; and 2) what we need to do in order to not let the “world out there” ruin them. Ummm…
I’m involved with youth ministry because I think teenagers are alive and full of energy. Teenagers are authentic, genuine, and willing to say what they really think. Teenagers are openly seeking ways to connect with God and Christ—to have a relationship with the one who created him.
We don’t need to be afraid of teenagers. What if there was a parents’ book that focused on how we could learn from teenagers instead of the other way around? What if there was a series that focused on how to engage in contemplative ministry with your children at home? What if there was a series that focused on how today’s youth can interact with the world in which we live, seeing the beauty of God’s creation—not as a place to be feared?
Just some thoughts. And, if you know of any great curriculum please let me know.
Update: See a follow-up to this post at Digital Orthodoxy.