How To Reach The Next Generation
Unfortunately the modern definition of good parenting has been reduced to care-giving. Provide food, clothing, shelter, affection, a good example, and chauffeur them to the right places so others can teach them. That has not worked in the past, and it is not working today.
I'm calling for parents to once again embrace their God-given calling of personally discipling their kids. Here's what I mean. For years I believed that the parenting task was to make sure that their kids were discipled (taught how to follow Christ). It didn't matter who did the discipling, as long as it got done. But then I had a breakthrough. I came to see that it DID matter who did the discipling. The parenting assignment is not just to make sure discipleship gets done, but to be the primary discpler in your child's life. Parenting is discipleship. Can you get help from others? Yes, as long as you are the primary discipler in your child's life.
The key to reaching the next generation for Christ is parents getting serious about discipling their kids -- not delegating this task to the Sunday School teacher, youth minister, pastor, or Christian school teacher. For me, this means three nights a week, EVERY week, I sit down with my kids and teach them about God. This is how to reach the next generation.
Parents, you are much more important, and much more qualified than the church has led you to believe. You are called and qualified to disciple your kids. Don't hand your kids off to others and hope that the job gets done. Take charge. Sit them down and teach them to follow Jesus.