I had a discussion with a volunteer small group leader that I have often in student ministry. It went something like this.
"Susie (generic girl name) says she no longer believes in God, should I talk to her parents?"
Other questions that come up are, "he tried cigarettes, should I tell his parents?" or "she's dating THAT guy, should I talk to her parents?" or "he said a bad word..."
You get the idea.
As we seek to disciple students and partner with parents when do we bring parents into these kinds of conversations? Our small groups are governed by principles of confidentiality but as you know that doesn't mean you never share what's going on in a kids life.
So, here's the question...
When do you bring parents into the loop as it relates to "confidential" conversations with kids?
I have some ideas but wanted to hear what ya'll (I'm in Texas) have to say first.
Let's learn from one another...