Encouraging a youth leader

G’day parents,

This last week I was fortunate enough to receive some un-asked-for encouragement from a few people in my life. It was great and reminded me of something very true: no one ever gets tired of being encouraged! (They might get sick of being encouraged in a patronising way but that’s not really encouragement in my book ;-).

Anyway, I thought I’d let you know that when it comes to encouragement, youth leaders really value it, especially from a parent of a youth they lead. Youth leading can be pretty emotionally draining at times but whenever I’ve had a parent offer me some encouragement it’s filled me right up.

So, can I please encourage you to encourage the youth leaders you know? It can sometimes be a challenge as a lot of what they do isn’t particularly visible but even if you encourage them on the small details, it will help them greatly in their role as leader of your kids.

Also, from a selfish point of view, I always find that when I encourage others, I tend to feel pretty great too. I think God set it up that way 🙂


P.S. Don’t miss our goodbyes to Andrew Bowles this Sunday at both Diamond Creek Services and on Saturday evening.


Millennials, internet addiction & other people

G’day Parents,

I’ve recently watched a few interviews with leadership guru Simon Sinek. He’s been talking a lot about the millennial generation (the generation that came before today’s youth). It’s good stuff.

I recommend watching this video as it has lots of insights into technology, culture and parenting. Whilst it is primarily about young adults, I can see a lot of this stuff filtering into youth culture right now.

As for St. John’s, our 5pm dinners/activities will begin again on April 30. This Sunday you can join us for the prayer meeting at 5pm, from April 30 it will move back to 4:30. We’ve had some good youth turnouts for prayer in recent weeks.


This week’s Sunday@6 is about parents! (A bit anyway…)

G’day parents,

Actually the next two weeks will mention parents in various important ways. To be honest, this Sunday will be more on the negative side of parenting as we look at the issue of family violence. It’s arguably our local community’s biggest problem and we’ve made a commitment as a church to learn more about the issue and seek to offer a positive response. We hope this Sunday night will be a big step towards us understanding the issue more deeply and give us an idea what actions we might need to take in the future. We’ll interview the social worker from Diamond Valley College and hear from our senior minister Tim, about a biblical foundation for response to family violence.

The following week will be a bit different as we ask: how do we bring love into relationships where one person is in a position of authority (e.g. a parent or a teacher)? The bible is actually really big on things like respect and honour for our parents so I think you’ll like what we have to say 🙂

They’re both important services which will not be replicated in the morning service as they are teaching through a different series. Hope to see you and your family there 🙂


What are you looking for in a parent meeting?

G’day parents,

This week I need your help. The previous two years we’ve had an occasional parent session during Crave or on a Sunday. I would say they were mildly successful; parents who attended seemed to find them valuable but I reckon we could do them better going forward.

So, participation time, if you were to attend a parent meeting organised by St. John’s, what sort of things would you be looking for? What issues would you like to discuss? What style of meeting is it (e.g. presentation or discussion based)? In what ways would you like to be equipped in your parenting when you leave the meeting?

Please email me your thoughts, I’d really appreciate it 🙂 kirk@stjohnsdc.org.au


Free Parent Tech Guide

This free guide might be very useful for you as you attempt to navigate the ever changing technology that is so prevalent in the lives of teenagers. Here’s how they describe themselves:

Our goal is to provide a resource for parents to help navigate the challenges faced by technology and teach our children how to use technology in a way that honors God.

Looks like a great resource. Click here to check it out.

Thanks to Josh over at Download Youth Ministry for the tip off.