Parents,

The Youth Ministry at St John UMC is not just a place for teenagers! It’s a ministry to you as well!

Below are some  of the resources that I trust to keep me informed on teen culture. I hope you will find them helpful in equipping you for a positive spiritual influence to your youth.

Center for Parent and Youth Understanding http://www.cpyu.org/

This is a Gold mine of searchable youth culture resources going back years.There is a constant flow of up to date reviews of what is going on in the world of teens. There is a Podcast, blog, Facebook updates, and Twitter posts. This site is not about shock and awe but helps make sense of the confusing world of youth culture with practical suggestions targeted at how to respond to all of this. The director of CPYU, Walt Mueller posts on Facebook and updates in your inbox, if you want the posts. You only need to give them a name and your email address.

Sticky Faith http://stickyfaith.org/parents

This is a whole movement of concerned parents and church leaders who are passionate about making faith stick with kids and kids stick to their faith for life. Dr. Kara Powell leads the charge with her book Sticky Faith but she has videos, an e-journal even events for parents of teens.

Parenting Teens http://parentingteens.about.com/

I signed up for this one a while back and I am so glad that I did. Hundreds of practical, well researched articles that make sense. Amy Morin provides understandable insights into adolescent development and behavior. The site provides a Blog that you can receive.

The Source for Parents http://www.thesource4parents.com/ParentingHelp/ParentingHelp.aspx

The Source for Parents connects you to a bunch of sites I left out. You could go all morning clicking on the links and following the leads to other valuable articles, book reviews, and websites.