What Is Family Discipleship?
God calls on parents to play the main role in making disciples of their children. How this is accomplished varies from family to family, and can be as unique as the DNA of each home. Family discipleship isn’t easy—but it’s worth it! Our desire is to come alongside parents and help them live out their call to make disciples of their children.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home
and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 NIV
What Is a Disciple?
A disciple is someone who learns from Jesus to live like him- in thought and action. Disciples of Jesus are called to make other disciples, also known as discipleship. It’s a calling to be intentional with your words, actions, and beliefs. Simply put, discipleship is allowing your Christ-likeness to rub off on your children. Everyone should be making disciples by telling and showing the lost about Jesus every day, in whatever mission field God has placed your family in (neighborhood, sports, work, school, etc.)
We believe that vibrant family discipleship takes shape around 4 key elements
Parents build intentional time into the rhythm of family life for the purpose of thinking about, talking about, and living out the gospel. These times include mornings, meals, bedtime, travel, bath, and play. Initial activities can include reading Scripture together, praying, and singing songs.
A good example is a grade on a test can be used to talk about how God gives us gifts to be used to build His kingdom. Parents might use an argument between siblings as a chance to talk about mutual submission to one another out of love. Look for ways to connect everyday ups and downs to truths found in God’s word.
We celebrate birthdays and graduations, but your spiritual life is so much more. Celebrating significant spiritual milestones can include child dedication, salvation, baptisms, and life transitions. By celebrating those spiritual milestones, we are celebrating our faith and the importance of God in our lives.
We have only been given one life, and mission has to be part of our everyday life, not a separate life. God wants to use your family to impact others. We don’t need a program to raise our children; we can do this in everyday life. That way our kids will understand what following Jesus looks like and will desire to do it too. #FamilyOnMission
Babies and young children are dedicated to God as a promise to raise them as Christians. Our next dedication is in May.
Our next water baptism is on October 3rd and is for children who are in third grade or older.
Every June, we recognize students who are graduating high school and youth group.
Serve week is a chance for our youth students to live what they've been taught. For one week in July, the students serve throughout the community and participate in other fun activities together.
Parent Resource Links
We believe that no one has more influence over your child than you! Each year, we spend about 40 hours with your kids in church, but you spend 3,000 hours with your kids at home. We hope you’ll use the resources to engage your child in faith conversations at home. You can access the links below.