Parents are busy with their jobs, endless household chores, attending games and recitals, and on and on and on. But many parents deeply desire a level of Christian development for their children and youth, some hope to raise caring and committed Christians.
How can the church reach well-intentioned parents to bring them into the life of the church, and why should the church even try?
In George Barna's research for Revolutionary Parenting, he says, "If we want to raise children who love God passionately and put God first, then we need to love God passionately and put God first. Kids learn what we do. (Scary, but true.)" The "we" in Barna's statement isn't referring to Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, LOGOS leaders, or even pastors. It's referring to parents.
In LOGOS intergenerational ministry, we understand that role of parents. To bring children and youth into an abundant life-giving relationship with God through Jesus Christ, parents' involvement is absolutely necessary - and not simply as just another item on parents' already crowded schedules, but as the most important path to growing faithful, Christian families.
I think of Anne. Her children loved LOGOS from the start. And she, with her already busy schedule, was, understandably, hesitant to commit. But, believing in the significant role of parents in ministry with their children, LOGOS leaders asked her to prayerfully consider helping in the kitchen. She accepted and soon began experiencing abundant blessings in kitchen ministry. And her whole family's commitment to growing Christ-centered relationships took on new life.
Reaching parents is tough but vital at the same time. Remembering why parents should be involved is the key. We must do whatever it takes to connect parents to the church to grow faithful disciples of all ages.
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