“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”

(Deuteronomy 6:5-8, NKJV)

It is a great honor for me to be the youth pastor at Hope Bible Church. I have been entrusted with a great group of students of whom I love and enjoy. However, I can never replace, nor should I be their main spiritual leader. God has given that role to the parents! As the youth pastor I hope to support you, the parent, in reaching your kids with God’s word and applying it to their lives.

Matt Ediger

 Here are some links that you may find helpful:

 Soul Fuel from Dare 2 Share is a weekly newsletter to help teens learn more about God and share their faith through current events. It addresses questions like, “Who is God and what is He like?”; “What is the Trinity?”; “How can we really know that Jesus rose from the dead?” and other similar questions basic to Christianity. You can register on the website and it will be sent directly to your e-mail. It will offer you open- ended questions that are designed for you to engage with your teen!

Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, or CPYU, is a website that desires to bridge the gap that can sometimes exist between parents and teens. They have articles and reviews of things that are bombarding our teens on a daily basis. If you are not up to speed on youth culture or trends, this website can be very informative.

 Plugged In Online This Website is also another great resource put out by Focus on the Family. They review movies, music, TV shows and video games for content. They generally break down their reviews in several categories: Positive elements, spiritual elements, sexual content, violence, drugs and alcohol and so on. This a great tool to make informed decisions about what you allow your children to see.

Communication and relationships are a part of life for us. It is no different for our teens; the basic need is there. However, the way in which they do it (eg.texting, instant messaging, and websites like MySpace.com or Facebook.com) may be a little different than the way we do it. It is important to be involved in these “virtual” environments as well as the physical environments.