Helping Parents be their Best

Podcast IconIt’s hard being a parent. No matter how many training manuals there are out there on how to best parent children, it is hard. As a student minister your primary focus is on students. However, you also have a secondary focus on parents. Not only are you working with parent/child relationships, but you also have an opportunity to help parents be the best.

Even though you may not personally be a parent yourself, you can still help parents be their best. That is why Tom invited Cory Sullivan back on the podcast. He recently wrote a blog post entitled, “Don’t forget the Parents.”

So, in this episode Tom and Cory talk about:

  • What Cory has been up to lately
  • Why did he write the post about parents and what that means for student ministers
  • How student ministers can set parents up to be their best

Cory is a great resource and you can find him here.  You can also follow him on Twitter here ( He’s a great resource so hit him up and pick his brain.

Also, if you are looking for someone to coach you in Student or Online ministry, email Tom ( to set it up.

What about you? How have you set parents up to be their best over the years? What do you do? Share your experiences below or on social media using #ymsidekick so we can all learn from each other.

To email Tom some ideas on future episodes email him here.

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Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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