Disrespect of World Race Parents

May 3, 2016 by missionsandmysticism

A Note of caution to World Race parents…  You may also want to read our post called, “Seth as Papa and Daddy“, he seems quite happy to take them from you so he can be the replacement intending to rewire the kids with “deeper ways of thinking”…unfortunately our family is all to familiar with where that leads…

From Seth Barnes’ Blogs:

  • Parents who don’t disciple their kids  “Some of them call or write me to ask detailed questions about what’s going on with their kid. Many want to get a regular phone call update from them – something we discourage as it keeps young people stuck and unable to grow. These parents have got elastic apron strings that sometimes stretch as far as Africa. It’s exhausting for us. Sometimes I just want to refuse to take any young person whose parents can’t prove that they really get this point. It’s a fool’s errand to try and fight them. I want to tell them, “Hey, you did such a great job with your kiddo – why don’t we send them back home to you so you can have another whirl at it?”
  • Parents who are missing the plot  “So, I want to ask Tommy’s mom, “What is it that was so special about what Tommy was doing at home that has you so worked up, lady?” I mean, get a grip. Get some perspective!“…”And maybe, against her will, his example will drag Mom, kicking and screaming, to a point of realizing her destiny in spite of herself.”
  • An out-of-control mom  “A lot of parents need to get a life. Some are WAY too involved in their children’s lives.”
  • Let them go “Although the World Race has dramatically impacted the majority of those who have gone on it, there are many days that Michael Hindes, the World Race Director, and I have been ready to quit. And the reason is not the racers or their experience themselves. It’s their parents. Parents wear us out sometimes.”
  • Responding to unfair criticism  “Our objective at AIM is to thrust over-protected young people out into the world to formulate their own world view and collide with their destiny.”
  • From the World Race Parents Guide  “Everything starts with a call to leave the old security and structure and lean into the challenge of moving into the unknown. They are asked to leave their homes, and the comfort of current close relationships…The journey away from the familiar is imperative to this goal: they must journey away from the guidance of family, the security of friends, and the predictability of their everyday lives. They must learn to rely on their own pursuit of the things of God. Even if they’ve been taught good worldviews and theologies, they need to move beyond the spoon-feeding into new and deeper ways of thinking.”

From Michael Hindes-former World Race director

  • Michael to parents “They need places with close community that will challenge the behaviors and attitudes that we have previously excused.  In short, they need places to grow up and grow away from us.”
  • Blog (now closed) of Michael Hindes “I’m an antagonist by nature, an instigator, a provoker, some might even call me a bully (although I don’t think so). My goal in ministry has always been to challenge people’s beliefs…I’ve spent the last several years with the 20’s something crowd and have been very shocked, even dismayed at how much they’re dug in already regarding their understanding of God.

As an instigator, I try to wrestle with them. I want to see if we might deconstruct at least some of their presuppositions…  You know like challenging their views about the Spirit, the Word, His voice, the Kingdom…I actually had a 25-year-old ask me if I believed in the virgin birth, the atoning sacrifice, Jesus’ bodily resurrection, and our eternal reward? There was no room in their mind for any “true believer” to think differently about anything they’d been taught in Bible College.


With this information in mind, read this “manifesto”, “As a World Race Parent, I…”#5 says, “Know that educating myself on the process of abandonment, brokenness and dependence, specifically by reading Kingdom Journeys by Seth Barnes, will help me understand why my Racer needs to do the Race” and #6 “Will allow my son or daughter to do the hard work of abandonment and brokenness and will resist my temptation to rescue them from that.”

God’s Word Says:

2 Tim 3:14-15 “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Deut 11:19 “You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and mother”

See also The World Race Parent’s Guide


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