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After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry [Kindle Edition]

Jeramy Clark , Jerusha Clark
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Book Description

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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3211 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400070279
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (June 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086N7BO6
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for the Parents June 12, 2006
As a youth leader, I would make this required reading for every parent if I had the budget and the power. Since I have neither, I will simply give my strong endorsement. The heart of this book is one of partnership. This is a theme that I feel passionate about and "After You Drop Them Off" provides a clear picture for becoming allies. The detailed descriptions and clearly communicated heart is important for both `rookie' and `veteran' parents.

Clark has a great skill of painting a picture of biblical principles in action in the relationship between a youth leader and a parent. I especially appreciated the perspective on being considerate to the youth leader as an individual. Whether that is through caring while constructively criticizing or simply encouraging your students leader without prompting, I feel like I would personally want to be treated this way.

This is also a great book for youth leaders. Not only will your head be continually nodding in agreement as you read, but it gives you insight into the parents world. Having worked with students for nearly nine years and not yet having my own children, it is easy to misunderstand where parents are coming from.

Any parent that wants to take an active role in the life of their young person should pick up a copy of "After You Drop Them Off". It will provide clarity and practical steps that parents can take to better their relationship with the allies they have in youth leaders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How-to Manual for Parents of Teens in Youth Ministry December 13, 2012
Having been involved in more than half a dozen different youth ministries in three regions of the country, I was interested to see what Jeremy and Jerusha Clark had to say about youth ministry in their book After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry After decades of being a teen, becoming a volunteer in youth ministries and now as the parent of a teen, I have noticed a change over the years in teens and their parents.

While some things have remained constant, I believe we will see a major paradigm shift in youth ministry over the coming decade. With parents working long hours, at least one non-present parent becoming more common and some parents who are tired of parenting releasing young teens to their own devices, teens are beginning to parent themselves more than ever.

Jeramy Clark mentions several times that even as they were writing this book, they were beginning to see youth ministry shift from just ministering to teens to a focus on ministering to the entire family. I personally believe as more teens crave a loving, godly involved parent(s) in their lives, youth ministers will no longer be young peer-like recent college graduates, but more older couples who take on the role of additional parental support. Clark doesn't mention this shift per se, but he does use the parents of his teens in a wide variety of roles, even calling them staff.

Clark begins the book as if talking to unchurched parents who have never observed a youth ministry before. If you are short on time and have been in church most of your life, the first two chapters can easily be skimmed in favor of the meatier later chapters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars fine December 1, 2012
By sc2424
The book entitled After You Drop Them Off is subtitled, "A parent's guide to student ministry," written by husband and wife team Jeramy and Jerusha Ann Clark. The authors speak from their own perspective as youth leaders on many topics related to youth ministry (like high school age youth.) The author writes on such topics as how to know what's going on in the youth group meetings/events, how to get to know the youth staff, how to best pray for your youth ministry, how to give constructive criticism to the youth director, etc.

To me the book wasn't anything surprising. I have children who will (sooner than I care to believe!) be entering the "youth group" age, so I thought maybe I ought to read this book. Well, truthfully, if I had not committed to review the book I might not have finished it. A lot of the information in this book seemed like just logical stuff, or maybe just normal courtesy. Yes, it was in the youth ministry setting, and the points made are valid, just nothing earth shattering :) I will qualify these comments by saying that I was a kid brought up in church/Christian school/Christian campyouth group and as an adult I've been involved in different capacities in the children's and youth ministries, so maybe I'm more familiar than some in the intended audience. Maybe to someone who doesn't know what youth group is would get a lot more out of this book than I.

So--I'll give my recommendation as this-- if you don't know a lot about youth groups/youth ministries, you may find this book to be helpful to you!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book Review - After You Drop Them Off by Jeramy Clark February 5, 2013
One of the biggest parts of any youth ministry is connecting and working with parents. Parents are the lifeblood of any youth ministry, simply because the goal of youth ministry is to reach youth for Christ. What better way to do that than building relationships with parents?

However, parents often don't see youth ministry the same way. Some see it as free babysitting; others see it as a way to separate the youth from the rest of the church, and yet still more view youth ministry as simply a Christian social time. Almost all of these misconceptions are because parents don't understand what youth ministry is about, why it exists, and what happens in a youth ministry.

In order to address this lack of understanding, Jeramy Clark wrote After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry. This simple guide is designed to help parents understand the purpose and the necessity of a youth ministry, as well as what goes on there, and how they can get involved.

As a youth minister of more than twenty years, I found a mix of great information and not so great information in After You Drop Them Off.

Let's start with the not so great first. Clark has several years of experience in youth ministry, and has done a great job of sharing what he's learned. However, his experiences, his students, and his churches are not the same as every other youth minister out there. So, much of what he writes is simply generic, across the board, information. A lot of his suggestions simply wouldn't work in the churches I've worked with.

That's not necessarily bad; it's just not great.
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