Give Parents the Guidance They Need! – “FMFG” Discussion & Giveaway Day #4

Keith Tusing September 15, 2011 10

Give Parents the Guidance They Need!   FMFG Discussion & Giveaway Day #4 Children\s Ministry YouthWe 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!


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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  1. Jon Pinney September 15, 2011 at 11:08 am - Reply

    I have just created Facebook groups and a Facebook page to invite parents into discussions about raising spiritual children. The page will have basic info and ask the parents to join the group associated with their child’s age. In the group they will find take home papers, relevant articles and hopefully insightful and empowering conversations with leaders and other parents.

  2. Jeff September 15, 2011 at 11:18 am - Reply

    I only have six kids right now, and four of them are mine. The parents of the other two don’t go do church (their uncle and aunt bring them to church). Our church is continuing to reach out to them. The mother has come for special events but always drops off coming afterwards.

  3. "Commander Bill" Gunter September 15, 2011 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Keeping the lines of communication is crucial. Letting them know you are there to help, keeping current with their needs by following them on FaceBook.

  4. Karen Jackson September 15, 2011 at 11:47 am - Reply

    We try to communicate with each parent often. We talk about what we are learning. We also update by newsletters and internet.

  5. Catherine September 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    We are praying and praying and praying for families and trying to equip parents with resources from Rethink… newsletters, God- time, relevant podcasts and now we are looking into a biblical parenting small group study.  We would love to do a weekend workshop sometime too.

  6. Keith September 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I have found that social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is quickly becoming a “must use” when we desire to connect to parents.

  7. Vanessa September 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Trying to have family-friendly events and build relationships with parents, even if we only see them during those moments when they pick up or drop off their children.

  8. Candi Cussen September 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    In January we began Family Nights, where parents come with their children to our experience.  The parents are guided in leading their children in devotions, prayer, and Bible memorization.  So far, we’re seeing some good results :)

  9. Keith September 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of your Family Nights!  Could you email me an outline?

  10. Victoria H. September 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    There are large family events at our church a couple of times a year (like our upcoming Fall Festival) at which we have different activities parents and kids can engage in together. Also, the Sunday school curriculum we use comes with take-home pages and Bible storybooks each week. It’s fun to see the kids share with their parents the meaning behind a craft, snack, or activity when they get their books to take home.

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