No matter how we feel about what the perfect family should look like, the reality is that the non-traditional family is sitting in our pews and buying homes behind the church property. Due to the changing world around us, we no longer can identify the definitive “other side of the tracks” with a particular set of problems. Parents long for their children to grow up and be a successful member of society, whoever they are.
Leneita Fix is the missions/training coordinator for BowDown Church and Urban Youth Impact in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is the author of The Beautiful Chaos of Parenting Teens: Navigating the Hardest Years You Will Ever Love, No Teenager Left Behind, and Everybody’s Urban. She has spoken to national audiences at conferences and churches such as D6, Simply Youth Ministry, Indiana State United Methodist Conference, Christian Community Development Association, as well as several local and national trainings.