On our youth retreat, I gave our students a survey. One of the questions was “Do your parents engage you in conversations about spiritual matters?” Here are their answers …
- Never – 9.5% of students
- Infrequently – 43% of students
- Regularly – 47.5% of students
The numbers are actually higher than I expected. What may be surprising to parents is that there is a very strong correlation between spiritual growth and parental involvement. In other words, what happens at home is far more important than what happens at church. Our job in ministry is not just to teach our youth, but to equip and encourage their parents to do the same.
Have you seen this in your ministry? What are your thoughts about equipping and training parents?