We know it's not always obvious, but your ministry is important to the parents of the students in your church. In this world where cultural and spiritual values clash head-on, you are a vital partner in helping us convey faith to our teenagers. Our voice alone just wouldn't do it. As we seek to raise our children to know Christ, it's important that they have a community where they can safely test those values, where they hear the truth, where they learn to apply their faith in their own context. You matter because you're our partner in discipling our children. We know that the parent-youth worker relationship isn't always easy. We're sharing the greatest gift God has ever entrusted to us with you, and that's hard to do for us sometimes; please bear with us. We know you value them; you wouldn't do this if you didn't. We know you want them to know Jesus for life; you wouldn't do this if you didn't. When your plan for that is unclear to us, or your priorities and ours seem to clash, things get difficult and that's hard for all of us. We need to keep the lines of communication open; we need to show our caring for each other, too. You matter because you pastor our children; and your voice is important to us as we parent them.
We know that our kids' faith is a priority for you; you show that by your presence. When our daughter needs an ear to get through the relational issues that come with being a teenager, you make yourself available to listen and help her get through it. When our son needs another voice affirming what it means to handle himself with character and integrity, you have time to talk with him. You communicate through your presence at games, plays, and concerts that our teenagers are important to you. When you call just to connect with them, they hear their worth to the community. You matter because you help our children get a clearer picture of the Body of Christ through your actions. That matters to all of us.
1 O my people, hear my teaching;
listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter hidden things, things from of old-
3 what we have heard and known,
what our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.