Parents and Youth Ministry
The success of a youth ministry of a church is heavily dependent on parental involvement in the lives of teenagers. At this point his life, a teen's most important human relationship is the one he has with his parents. The youth group of Berean Baptist Church believes strongly in the following statements about the relationship between parents, teens, and the youth group.
- Parents, not the youth staff, are ultimately responsible for the discipleship and spiritual maturity of their children. (Deut. 4:9-10, 6:1-9; Prov. 22:6, 29:17; Eph. 6:4.
- Youth leaders should work in conjunction with parents to reinforce the truths of Christ-likeness already being taught in the home. This is done with the common goal of spiritual maturity.
- Youth leaders should offer support to parental authority that is biblical in nature seeking to "turn the heart of the children to their fathers" (Mal. 4:6).
- Youth leaders should seek to maintain strong, open lines of communication to parents and vice-versa, in order for information and concerns to be shared freely and openly.
- Intentional, regular meetings should be scheduled between the youth leaders and parents in order to foster an environment of open communication, keep parents informed on issues that youth are facing, offer encouragement, and reiterate youth philosophy.
This list is by no means exhaustive but it does set a frame work for our ministry. Successful youth ministry can only take place with the cooperation of both youth leaders and parents.