Parent Resources

At NBY we see ourselves as partners to parents. We believe that God has given the primary responsibility for children to their parents. This resources page is an attempt to empower and inform you parents. The call to disciple kids is messy, awesome and daunting. We don’t always know where to start and we often feel unqualified for the task. We hope that this resource will give you a place to start your epic journey. We will periodically update this page as we continue to read and research youth culture and discipleship methods.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deut. 6

If there are any topics that we haven‘t covered or that you’d like more information about or if you have any general questions about youth/parenting, feel free to ask us!

Family Discipleship

Parents are called to disciple their children. This is made clear in the Scriptures (Proverbs 22:6, Deut. 6:5). We are all making disciples of our children already. These resources will help you to think about and make a strategy for discipling your kids!

Videos

Matt Chandler || Family Discipleship

> In this sermon Matt Chandler gives the basics for what it means to disciple your children.

Grace Liberates Your Parenting || Paul Tripp

> This is a 19 minute video that explains the way to give your kids the Grace/Love they need, you must ask Jesus to help you deal with your own sin FIRST.

Parenting with Grace and Discipline || Paul Tripp 

> In this 11 minute video, Paul Tripp discusses how the good news of Jesus influences how he parents. He gives an amazing example of how he graciously addressed his 16-year-old son who had lied to him. 

-> In the following videos, Paul Tripp answers questions about discipling children. They are each a couple of minutes long.

How To Disciple Your Children for Mission || Paul Tripp 

How Can Children be Included in Missional Living? || Paul Tripp 

How Do Children Become Kingdom Minded? || Paul Tripp 

What Happens if Children Resist Gospel-Centered Living? || Paul Tripp 

Books

Family Worship || Donald Whitney

Gospel Family || Jonathan Williams

The Bondage Breaker || Neil T. Anderson 

–> This is a book that discusses how to break free of sins and was instrumental in developing our New Bridge Living Free Class.

Fathered By God || John Eldredge 

–> In an age when true fathers are in short supply, how do you find the path to manhood? How do you steer clear of the dangers? John Eldredge calls men back to a simple and reassuring truth: God is our Father. In life’s trials and triumphs, God is initiating boys and men through the stages of manhood from Beloved Son to Cowboy to Warrior to Lover to King to Sage. Fathered by God maps out the path of manhood: not more rules, not another list of principles, not formulas, but a sure path men have followed for centuries before us.

Articles

Resources/Blogs

Family Blog || The Village Church

–> Here is a great resource of articles giving guidance for Family Discipleship. 

Parenting Blog || The Village Church

–> This is another resource of articles addressing the issues you face while parenting. 

Articles || Desiring God

–> Come check out different articles from this website. Just make a search at the top of the page such as “Parenting” or “family.”

Family Blog || Verge

–> Their purpose is to resource parents to be on mission to and with their children. 

Parent Resources || Youth Ministry Unleashed

–> This is a Youth Ministry website that gives you 5 different links to valuable resources such as: “Center for Parent and Youth Understanding,” “Sticky Faith,” “Focus on the Family,” “Parenting Teens,” and “The Source for Parents.”  

Social Media

Social media is EVERYWHERE!! In a digital age where our kids have more access to everything at their fingertips, what do we do?? Don’t freak out, that’s the first step. The second step is to educate yourself- here are a bunch of articles to get you started. The third step is to prayerfully consider and then graciously start to talk with/disciple your kids in this area of their life.

Videos

5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now

> This video offers a scientific perspective on how social media changes our brains. Interesting!

Book reveals “shocking” sexual harassment in social media lives of teens || Nancy Jo Sales

This is a CBS interview about the affects of social media on teen girls.

Books

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers || Nancy Jo Sales

> I have not read this book yet, but it seems to offer some good perspective on Social Media.

Articles

Safeguarding Your Child’s Smartphone or Tablet || The Village Church
–> This article discusses basic restrictions on texts and apps. Plus encourages you as the parent to continue to communicate your expectations to your kids. 

Underage Tweeting || The Village Church
–> Have you ever thought about what age it is appropriate for my kid to use different social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook? We must set clear expectations for our kids based on their age and maturity.

Sexuality

Sex is a huge topic in our culture! How do we engage with our students on this?? Good question.

Videos/Sermons

How Should Teenagers Handle Relationships With the Opposite Sex? || Desiring God

–> This is a 3 minute conversation with John Piper talking about when and how it is appropriate for a teenager to date. 

A Beautiful Design Sermon Series || The Village Church

–> This is an amazing Sermon Series about God’s intended design for men and women. High School students would truly benefit from seeing how Matt Chandler lays out men and women’s Purpose, Hurdles, and Redemption! 

Books

Teens and Sex: How Should we teach them? | Paul Tripp

This is a great book! Very short!

Every Young Man’s Battle || Stephen Arterburn & Fred Stoeker 
–> This is an awesome book that shows you how to rise above today’s debased, self-seeking culture by examining God’s standard, training your eyes and mind, cleaning up your thought life, and developing a plan. 

Every Young Woman’s Battle || Shannon Ethridge & Stephen Arterburn
–> This is the woman’s version which specifically addresses issues that women go through and gives practical, biblical tools in the Battle sexual integrity.

Articles

Should My Middle Schooler Date? | The Village Church
–> This article talks about whether or not we should let our middle schoolers date.

God’s Design for Sex Series || Stan & Brenna Jones
–> This series is probably best for pre-teens – children who are in elementary/grade school. I put this resource online just in case you have a younger child at home. 

Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Mahaney Whitacre
–> This mother daughter team give insights and suggestions about how to “really talk” to each other about how to become a godly woman. Tips and study questions make it easy for moms and their pre-teen and teenage daughters to read, share, discuss, and grow.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex || The Village Church
–> With the topic of sex being discussed EVERYWHERE, you are encouraged to be proactive to (1) Be the First Word in your kid’s lives, (2) Keep the Conversation Going even if it’s awkward at first- have a game plan, and (3) Be in their World. 

Talking to Your Kids About Sex || Mark Driscoll 
–> This is a similar article but discusses the statistics how when kids get involved with these activities. The best options is to start having the conversation early and have follow up conversations. 

The Why and How of Internet Safety | The Village Church
–> There are some startling statistics in this article that you really need to read, and some very easy practical safety measures in regulating usage.

Pornography

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Homosexuality

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