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.

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.


  1. I think this is an interesting question. My pull is to say that parents do not know how to disciple their kids however my view on this is changing. I actually believe parents disciple their kids very well. The National Study of Youth and Religion points to the conclusion that parents are effectively discipling their children into the same marginal faith they themselves live out. Ouch!