4 Types of Parental Involvement in Student Ministry

Jonathan Mansur | July 13, 2015

What role do parents play in your ministry?

How do you get more parents to volunteer? 

Questions like these are often asked in student ministry circles, but there’s one inherent issue with them all. They assume you (the youth pastor) are the key spiritual leader in the lives of teenagers, that parents are to help you in your ministry to their teens. But the Bible never makes this assumption. Rather, it assumes—and commands—parents be the key spiritual leaders in the lives of their teenagers.

Biblical Commands 

Woven throughout the Bible we see parents as the primary disciplers for their kids (Prov. 1:8; Ps. 78:1–8; Eph. 6:4). Perhaps the clearest example is Deuteronomy 6:7:

You shall teach [these words] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Whether or not they take up that role, parents are the main spiritual influence for their kids. Sociologist Christian Smith conducted the largest study ever on the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers. In Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, he concludes:

The single most important social influence on the religious and spiritual lives…

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