A Youth group is not only about your teenager. Youth ministry, done well, includes and impacts the entire family. Practical Wisdom for Parents is not a book about how to make your teens sit down and have a family devotional. Instead, this book will help you and your teen thrive and flourish during these important years.
David and Walter give numerous practical suggestions on how you can work alongside and support those leading your youth ministry, including a variety of ways you can support and be involved in your teen’s youth ministry experience. Many of their ideas are “behind the scenes” that don’t require you to teach a class or lead a devotional. However, your partnership role with your youth ministry leadership will be clearly articulated throughout.
Dr. David Fraze is the James A. Buddy Davidson Endowed Chair of Youth & Family Ministry at Lubbock Christian University. He has served over twenty years working with adolescents as full-time youth minister (Green Lawn Church of Christ, Lubbock, Texas, and The Hills Church, North Richland Hills, Texas) and eleven years working with adolescents in part-time church and para-church organizations. Fraze lives in Lubbock, Texas, with his wife and their son and daughter.
Dr. Walter Surdacki has served as Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Lipscomb University since 2008. Surdacki spent over sixteen years working with adolescents as a full-time youth minister in local churches in California (Torrance Church of Christ, Malibu Church of Christ, and Campbell Church of Christ). Walter lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Amy. He has two adult daughters, Madeline and Abby.
“David and Walter have written the guide I want every parent to follow, and that I want every youth pastor to be able to give to parents. Teenagers are formed best when parents and youth leaders are partners, and this guide offers the practical roadmap churches need to make that possible.”
—Kara Powell, PhD, Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, Chief of Leadership Formation at Fuller Seminary, and co-author of 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager
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