Ask any youth ministry veteran what they wished they did more of in their first few years of ministry, and partnering with parents will probably be in their top 3, if not their top wish. It is so important to get on the same team as your parents in youth ministry. This book will help you be the assistant coach to the head coach (parents) that you can be.
Book Review: Team Up by Phil Bell
Pep Talk. Skeptical of involving parents in your ministry? Well, at least read chapter one and then let me know what you think. The author does a great job grabbing the reader’s attention in the first chapter to explain the importance of parent involvement.
Practice Makes Perfect. At the end of each chapter, the practice drills are dynamite. They provide ways to implement everything you just read. These could also be put to good use in parent meetings.
Super Practical. Man, I came away from this book with tons of ideas for parent meetings and boosting my relationships with parents. How do you do parent meetings, how do you communicate, how do you _______. It’s all there and the steps are all written out. Right on Phil Bell!
Gimme Some Cheat Codes. The only thing I really feel like this book is missing is some devotional or lessons for parents using God’s Word. It would be nice to get some example of lessons or portions of the parent seminars that were mentioned in the book. I’m not looking to copy the entire presentation, but passages used, more detail of topics covered, and lessons that proved to be effective would be beneficial for the reader.
The Grade: A-. Talk about a practical ministry book that everyone in youth ministry should read. This would be the one. After reading it, I texted a few of my youth ministry buddies right away and told them about this one. So this me telling you all, get this book and be encouraged by ways you can minister to and with parents.