My previous article considered the role of parents in youth ministry. Direct Parental Discipleship is the responsibility of each parent. How should we apply that responsibility within a local church youth ministry?
In this series, I am presenting principles and ideas in pairs. Some principles specify approaches to ministry that are somewhat opposed to other approaches. Direct Parental Discipleship is such a principle. Any discipleship effort that isn’t directly performed by the teen’s own parents violates this principle to some extent. The principles in this article do not oppose each other. But they do compete with each other for time and resources.
Focus on Our Youth
The first principle is that we should focus our ministry resources on our youth. The parents we serve should strongly desire training for their children.
Proverbs 22:6, ESV
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
The simple message here is that good training will lead to a stable adulthood of following after God.