September is here, which means the new school year is in full swing! Thanks for letting us invest in your teenager for another year. We can’t wait for what’s ahead!

Here are a few things coming up in our ministry . . .

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: PARENT & SMALL GROUP LEADER BREAKFAST
Next month, we’re creating an opportunity for you to connect with your kid’s small group leader so you can better love, lead, and influence your teenager together. Don’t miss it! Get all the details on our website.

BOSS: A 4-WEEK SERIES ON AUTHORITY

Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to scream, “You’re not the boss of me!” (You can also raise your hand if you have, in fact, actually screamed it.) Especially when we’re teenagers, we tend to push back on the people, places, and things that control and hold authority over us. But here’s the catch: whether we admit it or not, we’ve all given someone (or something) control of our lives. In this 4-week series, you’ll challenge students to consider who, or what, they’ve allowed to be their boss. Because whether it’s the god of me, the god of stuff, the god of worry, or the god of obsession, we all know what it’s like to have an authority problem.

It’s not always easy to get your teenager to talk to you. We get it. But here’s a trick: if you want your teenager to say more, you may need to say less. Ask an open-ended question, then wait. Silence can be your friend.

If you’re subscribed to Grow Your Ministry, now would be a good time to attach Parent Tip Video #2 from your Parents section.

Once in a while, a book comes along that makes you think, “I’d like to buy one of these for every single person I know.” When it comes to parenting teenagers, this is that book for us. It’s called The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans. It even comes in audiobook form.

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