When we asked recently how many of you would use parents as volunteers within your youth ministry, 56% said "Great idea! I'm already doing it." 29% said they would do it if the parent's teen was okay with the arrangement. 12% said they would do it only as a last resort and only one person said they would not even consider using a parent as a youth group volunteer. I was actually surprised to find that so many people use parents as volunteers, but I have to say that I think it's a good idea. Recent studies have confirmed what most of us probably assumed: parents have the greatest impact on the future involvement of young people in church. If parents are actively involved in ministry, it greatly increases the possibility that their teens will continue to see faith and church as important once they move into adulthood.