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So my son is great, both of them are of course but Beckett is unique.  He has autism, and while I will never let that label him or make he feel he is less it is something he has, and he will forever.

I was talking with my wife the other morning about how his treatment is going.  He works with a person 20ish hours a week and does speech as well.  He is doing great and progressing and I made the comment about how he is progressing faster than I though he would.  I asked my wife if that’s typical (she is a psychologist) and she said that it all depends how much work parents put in at home.  She said “how most kids progress has to do with the amount of time parents put in too.”

I started to think of our church model and our discipleship model and that in the end we can do all the church, all the JHM, all the camps and life groups throughout all their years in Junior High and in High School but it all adds up it FAILS in comparison to the time and influence parents have with students.  That if we want all those elements to really work, we have to do it in partnership with our parents.

There is so much pain in the our world, our city, our schools.  In John 3 like many places in the bible Light and Darkness are talked about, the imagery of death and life, of this world and Jesus.  While we don’t have every answer, nor will we ever have every answer this side of heaven I think we can all look around and say that something is very wrong.
 
We have to keep partnering, equipping and partnering some more with you our great parents.  Student ministry will never be truly biblically successful outside of parenting with our parents.  To keep dialogue open and keep working for the hearts and minds of our students.

“how most kids progress has to do with the amount of time parents put in too.”
We are recommitting to put in all we can so you can put in all you can for the benefit of your student.
 
More to come!

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Justin Herman

Junior High Pastor at Mariners Church
Hi my name is Justin and this is my blog. I love Jr. High ministry and leadership so I talk about that a lot. I work at the church of my dreams getting to oversee all of Jr. High with a great team who are the best in the business. I'm married to the woman of my dreams, Brittany and we live in Southern California.

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