Dear Parents

We believe that you have one of the most important ministries at Otterbein Church. There are few others that have the position and ability to leverage influence and change lives like you do. God has given you a platform to minister to your children in a way that no youth leader ever could. You have the opportunity to be the greatest mentor and spiritual leader your teen has ever seen. Here at OC Student Ministries it is our desire to come beside you and partner with you as you minister to your teen. Imagine the impact we could have if the home and the church were united in one mission…to reach teens with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Resources

The Internet has become a great resource for investigating anything and everything related to youth culture. Since the Internet is an important part of the lives of teens, parents need to be aware of what’s out there on the Web. In addition, the Internet provides many great informational resources on a variety of topics for those who are raising teenagers.

1. Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
A Christ-centered organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers. CPYU helps parents, youth workers, educators and others understand teenagers and their culture so that they will be better equipped to help children and teens navigate the challenging world of adolescence. The site for incredibly helpful “Links!”

2. Orange Parents
Expand your ideas, skills and influence as a parent by connecting to a wider community of parents and leaders through this blog.

3. National Center for Fathering
A great site for Dads! Fathers can find practical fathering tips, research on fathering, information on the fathering movement, humor and an online version of Today’s Father magazine.

4. Al Menconi Ministries
Al Menconi’s mission is to educate and equip parents, leaders and youth to consider the values communicated in their entertainment. The site contains reviews of music and video games as well as articles on the entertainment industry.

5. Relevant Magazine
Relevantmagazine.com is a publication covering God, life and progressive culture. This hourly-updated website is the forerunner to the print version of Relevant magazine. Both versions discuss faith, career, relationships, music and film. Relevant is a good source for new and bold discussion of culture and faith.