Role of Parents and Families
Scripture is clear that parents have been given the joy and responsibility of raising their students in the ways of Jesus. Scripture is also clear that parents are not alone in this; the church has a responsibility to encourage and equip parents. As students experience both pain and joy in life, the partnership between parents and the church can help students see their lives in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Deuteronomy 4:9 – Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
Psalm 78:1-7 – 1 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old— 3 things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. 5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, 6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Proverbs 22:6 – Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 – 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
Role of The Student Ministry
We want to come alongside parents as they take the lead in the spiritual development of their students. It is our hope to equip, encourage and minister to families by providing resources and opportunities that help them worship and learn together.
The hope of the student ministry is to partner with parents. Below are just a few ways that we can get the ball rolling in this area, but this is just a start for us. We want to continue to grow in this area of defining our partnership more clearly.
1. Come to a ministry environment
This includes Wednesday nights, LIFE Class, or one of our ministry events. See the calendar for more info.
2. Serve in the church together
There are a number of opportunities throughout the year for parents to serve the church and community alongside their son or daughter. This could mean everything from being involved in one of our mission projects to being a LIFE Class teacher or adult leader.
3. Utilize Family Resources
We have a list of recommended books for students and their parents to help point you towards the Lord together.