I believe that has been happening for over a decade within the Youth Ministry and Children’s Ministry Nation.
It was as if we collectively woke up and said, “We need to minister to the whole family, not just the kid.”
This immediately spawned a new question, “So how do we do that?”
Answering that question has now become my life’s work. It is the reason I created Parent Ministry.
Everything changed for me when a ministry mentor challenged me. He leaned forward and said, “Stop praying to see teenagers become Christians, but ask God to use your ministry to give teenagers a Christian family.”
I began to re-think everything about the way I led my student ministry.
Here are 3 game changers that happen in your ministry when you focus on Parent Ministry:
#1 You Follow God’s Blueprint
When you study the Old Testament you see clearly that God’s Plan for passing down faith was to pass it down through the family from generation to generation.
In Deuteronomy 6:4-9, the pace was set in a section of Scripture referred to as the Shema. It tells parents to teach their children God’s Word and God’s Ways.
I am just crazy enough to believe that there is still unexplored territory in the frontier of student ministry and children’s ministry. I don’t think the whole book has been written.
In fact, I believe God is calling us to focus on family ministry to bring balance to all the years we ignored them.
Since the beginning of student ministry in the 1940’s and 1950’s we have spent over 70 years focusing on teenagers and learning how to connect to them. Let’s spend the next 700 years teaching their parents what we know, and setting them up to connect with their teenager on a spiritual level.
The Shema has said for generations what recent research has affirmed. The parents are the greatest spiritual influence in the life of a teenager, not us.