Youth Ministry Feeds the Church and the Family

Mike McGarry | April 30, 2016

As youth workers, it’s essential to remember every student has a family he or she returns to when leaving youth group. 

We can talk about how we view ourselves as a support to the family, but too often we are guilty of paying only lip service to this notion. Ministry to parents must be more than a good idea.

In Deuteronomy 6, Moses wanted to ensure that the coming generations would remember their history and remain faithul. In the midst of God’s deliverance of Israel, it defies comprehension that parents would neglect teaching their children who the Lord was and what he had done for them.

And yet, just two generations after leaving Egypt there “arose another generation after [Joshua’s] who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10).

This command to parents in Deuteronomy 6 was set within the broader context of renewing Israel’s covenant with God, and followed the rehearsal of the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy 5.

If their children were unfaithful, Moses knew the Lord would destroy them (Deut. 6:15; 7:1–3). It was of utmost importance, then, that parents remain faithful in teaching their kids to fear God and keep his commandments.

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