For Youth Workers
Welcome Youth Pastors and Youth Workers!
I have been a youth pastor (for a decade) and volunteer youth
worker, I know the delicate balance of ministering to other
people’s teenage children. Now that I am a parent of two teens
involved in a church youth ministry I understand the parent’s
perspective as well. Hopefully, I will be able to share some things
with you that are of use in your ministry, particularly in the area
of Christianity, pop culture, and some of the controversies that
MySpace and Christian MySpace Alternatives for Teens and
My new book MySpace for Moms and Dads (March
2007) is an excellent tool you can use to help parents navigate the
emerging technology while making sure their teens are safe. This
also gives you a chance to connect with parents of teens, while
encouraging them to connect with their teenage son or daughter.
Consider starting a parents group using the book, which includes a
list of Christian MySpace alternative sites.
Helping You Handle Harry Potter in a Biblical Way
I am especially sensitive to the precarious position you are in
when dealing with such controversial and spiritually important
topics as those related to Harry Potter. Therefore, I recommend the
following articles and materials to help you as best I can:
YouthWorker Journal Article:
Is Harry Potter the New ‘Peace Child’ which deals with
using Harry Potter in cross-cultural ministry to the youth culture.
Caught in the Middle with Harry Potter
(first published in The
Harry Potter and the Disputable Matter:
An Interview by Anne Morse for BreakPoint
How to Handle Harry Potter -- for fans and foes (first
published in Today’s Christian Woman)