Hey parents! Happy August! Can you believe a new school year is already here? You’re probably busy trying to enjoy the last few moments of summer, so we’ll keep this brief so you can get back to the beach.

Here are a few things coming up in our ministry . . .

If you’re new to our ministry (or you just want to hang out with us for a few minutes) we’d love to see you at our Open House so we can introduce you and your teenager to our youth ministry! Get the details on our website.

We’re kicking off this school year with an all-night event designed to help your kid connect with their small group, invite friends, have some fun, and hear a little bit about Jesus. Get the details on our website!


Do you have any friendships you can really count on — the kind of friendships you might call your “lifelines?” God designed us to have friendships we can trust, but God also knew we’d need some help figuring out how to build friendships that are lifelines for each other. In this 4-week series, we’ll look at the kind of friendship Jesus models for us: friendship that lets us be real, gives us a chance to grow, gives us a group when we feel alone, and can even change the world.

Your teenager will probably hate that we’re telling you this, but we’re going to tell you anyway. You should know who your teenagers’ friends are. You’re there parent, after all. Be curious about the people who are influencing your kid and try to get to know them.

If you’re subscribed to Grow Your Ministry, now would be a good time to attach Parent Tip Video #1 from your Parents section.

Have you heard of The Culture Translator by Axis? It’s a weekly podcast and email and its goal is to help you gain insight into how pop culture, technology, and media influence your teenager.  Check it out here.

We might be a youth ministry, but teenagers aren’t our only priority. We’d love to hear how we can better serve you and your family, too. So we’d love it if you’d complete a quick survey so we can learn from you. [If you’re a Grow Your Ministry subscriber, attach or link to the Annual Parent Survey.]