We continue this week with our on-going discussion about Dr. Timothy Paul Jones’ NEW book “Family Ministry Field Guide.” Each day this week we have hit upon a section of the book. So far we have touched on:
Foundation 1 – Map the Gap
Foundation 2 – Rethink Your Goal
Foundation 3 – Frame Your Ministry in God’s Story Line
Today we’ll look at Foundation 4 – Give Parents the Guidance They Need. We are also continuing our Daily Giveaway with something NEW – a Prize Package that includes:
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So, let’s talk about “Give Parents the Guidance They Need.” As you can see in our previous discussions it is clear that there is a biblical mandate for parents to be the spiritual leaders of their children. It is also apparent that this is not happening in the majority of Christian homes. There appears to be a Gap between recognition and application!
In “FMFG” Dr. Jones reveals the results of a study that show over 90% of parents recognize that they are responsible for the spiritual education of their children. ”Even as parents admit their responsibility to function as primary faith trainers in their children’s lives, most are doing little, if anything, to fulfill this role.” WHAT???!!! Dr. Jones goes on to emphasize that this is a spiritual conflict, Ephesians 6:4, that demands a spiritual readiness Ephesians 6:13-20.
At the same time he points out that “the Enemy uses terrestrial trends and tools” in this battle! Two specific factors “Lack of Training and Lack of Time” get in the way of consistent discipleship. Our parents look at their schedule and see overload. They have also bought into the cultural norm that Athletic and Academic success are the #1 Family Priority. The church has also dropped the ball. “As a whole churches are not consistently encouraging or equipping parents to engage intentionally in their children’s spiritual growth.”
Wow! What now? Dr. Jones continues on in “FMFG” with some very practical and doable steps to move toward a Family Equipping Ministry. Let me encourage you to get a copy of “Family Ministry Field Guide“ and check out those steps!
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What is one thing that you are currently doing at your church to equip and encourage parents to disciple their children?
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