Whether you would consider your ministry area to be “children’s ministry” or “family ministry,” most church leaders understand that God gives primary responsibility of children’s discipleship to their parents. In Deuteronomy 6:7, it says,
“You shall teach [God’s 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.” (ESV)
Children’s ministry and family ministry leaders declare this truth to parents in their ministries, regularly. However, in many (not all) instances, parents still are not discipling their children, even when they know they have the responsibility.
In his book, Family Ministry Field Guide, Timothy Paul Jones describes children as “bearers of the gospel to generations yet unborn.” Since this is true, we MUST help parents understand the gravity of family discipleship.
Vote on your opinion, as to why parents are failing to disciple their children, and leave a comment, in the comment section, on what you think we should do about this alarming trend.