Over the last 14 years of working with youth in different capacities, I realize that when parents show an interest in their child’s spiritual growth, it helps increase their child’s understanding of God’s love and amazing Grace. God has given us, as parents, both the responsibility and the tremendous opportunity to help our kids grow strong in their faith.
For youth directors, it can be a little disappointing when they see very low parent involvement within the youth ministries. In my current context, we serve about 40-60 kids each Wednesday. A lot of parents will drop their kids off without coming inside to see what their kids are learning. Other youth walk or find a way on their own to get there each week.
As youth leaders, we must continue to invite and keep some kind of communication with the parents. This can come in the form of calling them, sending information home with the youth, or just inviting them to one of the many activities during the week.
We must keep focused on the youth who come each week. And at the same time, we need to continue to pray that parents realize God has specifically placed the responsibility for motivating their children’s spiritual development on themselves because they are the parents.
In the Bible, we read in Deuteronomy 6:6-7(NIV)
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
I love the quote, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is true in all aspects of our children’s lives, especially their spiritual life. They need the Church, the community and their parents.
Thank you God for our youth!
by Earl Williams
Youth Director and Safe & Sacred Space Trainer
Grace United Methodist Church, Emporia, KS
Loving God, Loving Neighbor