For Parents of Youth

Faith Formation for Parents

Parenting Circle: “Ready or Not”

The Social Dilemma Discussion Guide

Mark Yaconneli – The Hearth Community – Storytelling

Praying in Color – Blog

See the reading list below for tons of books to dive into, all recommended by Allison Billings and Rev. Michelle Thomas-Bush.

In a Crisis

Pastoral Care at MPPC
24-hour phone: (704) 927-1251

Other Resources:


TalkSpace | Betterhelp – Online counseling that accepts most health insurance plans – Discuss your teen’s issue or situation with a therapist, then connect your teen and therapist through the app. Counseling is confidential but the therapist will alert you if an intervention is required. Psychology Today: Therapist Finder – An extensive database of counselors in Charlotte with photos, profiles, and specialties. E-Counseling Directory – A database of counselors offering teletherapy and online counseling. Suggested Counselor List from Allison and Michelle:
  • Candice Bazemore: 704-365-7777 ext. 308
  • Paula Cherry: 704-364-4333 ext. 104
  • Robin Fine: 704-364-4333 ext. 116
  • Leah Marone: 704-641-4375
  • Anne Payne: 704-869-2284
  • Warren Steinmuller: 704-376-7654 (family therapy)
  • Kathryn Sain: 704-763-1430
  • Ryan Wishart: 704-816-0667
  • Ian Murry: 704-552-0116
Samaritan Center (Presbyterian Psychological Services) – Spiritually integrative therapy and pastoral care

Reading List

Parenting Youth and Teens

Getting to Calm by Dr. Laura Kastner

Wise Minded Parenting by Dr. Laura Kastner

Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids by Kara Powell

The Spiritual Child by Lisa Miller

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth – A great read on how to help children succeed and how to apply these lessons to ourselves.

Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey

How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Parenting Forward by Cindy Wang Brandt

Faith Formation at Home

Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home by Traci Smith – Ideas for how to practice faith at home through simple traditions, ceremonies and spiritual practices.

Faith at Home by Wendy Claire Barrie – Overview of useful tools for practicing faith at home. From an Episcopal Lens, but not limited to Episcopal Experience.

Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family by Kara Powell – Practical ideas for faith at home.

Faith Formation in a Secular Age Andrew RootA helpful take on the current culture and climate for youth and young adults in the church, and practical thoughts on reaching youth.

I Wonder, Engaging a Child’s Curiosity About the Bible by Elizabeth Caldwell – A thoughtful guide for helping children engage the Bible.

Together We Pray by J. Bradley Wigger – A family prayer book with many useful prayers.

Sabbath in the Suburbs by MaryAnn McKibben Dana – Thoughts about keeping the sabbath as a family.

New Zealand Prayer BookBeautifully written prayers and liturgies, contains some family litanies as well.

Devotions by Mary Oliver – Lovely book of poems that can be read around the table or at other times in a family’s day.