This was the discussion question that each student had to answer: In

This was the discussion question that each student had to answer: In your post, please address the following items:
Consider what your thoughts are on youth ministry in relation to the family.
Create an argument for or against a partnership between youth ministry and the family, including scriptural support for your argument.
Briefly discuss the topic of how this partnership can help or hurt a youth ministry in a contemporary world.
The student must then post 2 replies of at least 200 words. Please be positive when replying. Please reply separately.
Student 1
Consider what your thoughts are on youth ministry in relation to the family.
It is vital that the family is in relation to youth ministry. I think that families need to be made aware of what is being taught within the classroom, and activity sent things so that they are made to feel involved to what their teen is learning. This can be beneficial for the parents and the student because in my experience a lot of times the parents either drop their student off, or the bus ministry is used to pick them up and that is how the student arrives to church. What I am saying is that a lot of times the student attends church and the parent does not. If the parent sees growth in their teen, then maybe they will feel obligated to attend church as well. This can be a time to restore the parents’ personal faith in God and the church, and in which I have seen this many times over the years. Furthermore, “The goal of family ministry is for parents to see themselves and their families in light of the gospel. Certain habits and practices will inevitably result from such a vision.”[1] This can also encourage then to spend time together at home in the bible and learning and growing as a family.
Create an argument for or against a partnership between youth ministry and the family, including scriptural support for your argument.
Without a doubt it is vital that partnership is made between youth ministry and family. It is a parent’s job to raise up their child in faith and lead them to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Scripture states that, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 ESV) It is the responsibility of the parent but sometimes there is a lack of direction, and this is where youth ministry is vital in parenting with family ministry to give direction for both the student and the family. The textbook makes a great point, “if parents weren’t at least trying to engage spiritually with their children, it was primarily because they were in denial about their role.” [2] Sometimes parents are not aware of their role to teach and guide their children in this area, and a lot of times this results in the lack of direction within the home.
Briefly discuss the topic of how this partnership can help or hurt a youth ministry in a contemporary world.
The textbook by Geiger, and Borton states, “Alignment is the product of people unified around a common purpose. If student ministries are going to complete their mission and effectively reach students with the gospel, alignment is imperative.”[3] It is vital that this partnership between the youth ministry and family is in direct alignment. Both the family and youth ministry are the future of the church and the growth of the body of Christ. If both are in alignment with each other then they can create a effective goal and mission of seeking those around them and leading them to Christ by example.
 
 
 [1] Jones, Timothy P. Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples. Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2011. 
[2] Jones, Timothy P. Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples. Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2011. 
[3] Eric Geiger, Jeff Borton, and Eric Geiger Jeff Borton, Simple Student Ministry: A Clear Process for Strategic              Youth Discipleship (Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2009).
Student 2
I believe youth ministry is in complete relationship with the family. Our culture has shifted dramatically that I believe has led us to forget the roles families had in discipling their children. I don’t ever remember reading scripture at home with my family growing up. I only read it while at church or at youth groups. Now, I never want to miss out in reading and discussing scripture with my husband at home. The difference is what the priorities were from my home growing up to my home now. As I have dove deeper into scripture, I have learned the need for the existence of the relationship between families and youth ministry. 
I first consider the verse that tells us that we belong to God first, even before our own earthly parents (Ex. 13:12 ESV). This verse can be mis-understood by it being perceived that it is not the responsibility of the family to lead their youth to God but is the church’s responsibility. What I believe this verse is telling us is to make sure that parents understand the importance of teaching our youth this truth. That is the relationship. Parents are to help connect their child to God. Yes, youth ministers are there to help with leading youth to Christ, but they do not have the blood-relational bond that the parents have. This bond is so powerful and was created by God for a purpose. I believe one purpose of this bond is to get a taste of the type of bond only God can provide. The “I love you no matter what you do” type bond. Family is also the closest source of consistency in a child’s life after God. That being said, the family will have much more time to impact their child’s life than youth ministers will ever get. Some families might say that their schedules are way too busy and jammed packed, but their children still come back home to sleep, I hope, every night. Our text even proves that parents know they are the sole disciple makers of their children. [1] 
I believe re-emphasizing the need for there to be a relationship between youth ministry and the family will help the youth in the long run. Just as Timothy Jones’ book references from Ephesians 6 about how evil will warr against parents in bringing up their children in the Lord, they will need God’s strength to overcome this evil (Eph. 6:4,13-20). God uses times when we are at our worst and turns them into times of greatness and growth. Yes, there are going to be challenging times of coordinating between youth ministry and the family, but I believe the youth’s faith will strengthen, as well as strengthen their family and church relationships. God makes all things work together for our good (Rom. 8:28).
[1] Jones, Timothy P. Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples. Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Pub. House, 2011., 99.