Twenty-four parents are gathering every Wednesday night in July and August at a local restaurant to work together on becoming more effective parents. The summer workshop, entitled “Arrow Making,” provides an interactive approach to the nitty-gritty issues of parenting. Many young people overcome really bad non-Christian home and parenting situations and still ended up serving Christ faithfully. Far fewer young people overcome Christian parents who are lukewarm or hypocritical.
Parents have the greatest influence on the upbringing of their children, a lot more influence than the youth group they attend a couple of hours a week. The pastors of LifeSource are convinced that the key to training up young people to be faithful disciples in the church is training their parents to be faithful at raising their children to be disciples. They are so convinced of this that, as Youth Pastor Matt Grayum puts it, “If I had to choose between having a youth group or a parents group, without question I’d choose the parents group.” LifeSource has both kinds of groups, and their prayer is that parents and youth group working together will produce many young people who love and follow Christ.