Maximize Your Student’s Church Experience
More and more children and teenagers are becoming involved in church. They find that youth ministries are a safe place to make friends and have fun–and a wonderful way to find spiritual support and insight in a confusing world.
But if you’re a parent of a student in a youth ministry, you may have some questions:
·What actually goes on in group meetings?
·How trustworthy are the leaders?
·How can I be more informed, or more involved?
·What if I disagree with a leader?
·How can I support the leaders more effectively?
·How can I help make my student’s experience with church as powerful and positive as possible?
In After You Drop Them Off, youth leader and author Jeramy Clark provides trustworthy answers to your questions, along with practical suggestions, biblical support, and “real-life” parents’ comments and stories.
About the Author
Jeramy and Jerusha Clark have ministered in churches for a combined twenty-five years. After meeting at The First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, where the Clarks both served in youth ministry, they moved to Monument, Colorado, where they worked with students at Tri-Lakes Chapel. Currently, Jeramy, Jerusha, and their two children live in Escondido, California, where Jeramy is the pastor of Life Design Ministries at Emmanuel Faith Community Church. They have coauthored three books on relationships: I Gave Dating a Chance, He's H.O.T., She's H.O.T., and DTR: Define the Relationship, as well as contributed a chapter to NavPress's Five Paths to the Love of Your Life (2005). The Clarks' 2005 work After You Drop Them Off: A Parents' Guide to Student Ministries helps families maximize their children's youth group experience. Jerusha has had three solo projects with NavPress: Every Thought Captive: Battling the Toxic Beliefs That Separate Us from the Life We Crave (2006), Inside a Cutter's Mind: Understanding and Helping Those Who Self-Injure (2007), and The Life You Crave: The Promise of Discernment (2008). Both Jeramy and Jerusha love serving God within the church and through the written word. Jerusha Clark has coauthored four books with her husband, Jeramy, three of which deal with the ever-important topic of opposite-sex relationships. Jerusha published her first solo work with NavPress, Every Thought Captive: Battling the Toxic Beliefs that Separate Us from the Life We Crave, in 2006. She then released Inside a Cutter's Mind: Understanding and Helping Those Who Self-Injure in 2007 and The Life You Crave: The Promise of Discernment in 2008. Her upcoming book, Living Beyond Postpartum Depression: Help and Hope for the Hurting Mom and Those Around Her, will be released in spring of 2010. With Jeramy, a pastor at Emmanuel Faith Community Church, Jerusha thoroughly loves raising Jocelyn and Jasmine, their adorable daughters. Jerusha's ministry passion is to help women more fully glorify and enjoy their God.
Jeramy Clark (M.Div.) serves as pastor of high school ministries at Emmanuel Faith Community Church. His thirteen years of youth ministry experience have taught him invaluable lessons about working with families. He lives in Escondido, California, with his wife, Jerusha, and daughters Jocelyn and Jasmine. Together, Jeramy and Jerusha have written three books, including "I Gave Dating a Chance,"