I am convinced that God calls parents to play an important role in making disciples of the next generation. Family discipleship will look different in each home. There are many ways to disciple children, but I am also learning that even the most well intentioned parent may be wondering how to begin. At SMRBC we want to come alongside parents and help them map out and implement a discipleship plan for their children. In January of 2017, SMRBC initiated the Building Blocks path for discipleship for that very purpose. The path for families takes shape around three key elements; talks, moments, and milestones.
Create intentional faith talks
Parents should build intentional time into the rhythm of family life for the purpose of thinking about, talking about and living out faith. Simply, this means that parents leverage time to regularly (weekly or daily) gather their families for the purpose of reading the Bible, praying and perhaps some other spiritual activity. An example might include singing or a study on apologetics. Depending on the ages of the children, this regularly occurring “faith talk” will vary in what it emphasizes and accomplishes.
Capture God moments
Parents should capture and capitalize on opportunities in the course of everyday life for the purpose of spiritual conversations. Parents might use a problem at school to model prayer and discuss the importance of talking to God about difficult situations. Parents who make use of God moments will connect every-day ups and downs to faith in God.
Recognize and celebrate milestones
Parents should mark occasions to celebrate and commemorate significant spiritual milestones. These milestones will help children to remember the work of God in their lives. Some milestones are celebrated in the church with a special time of recognition or celebration, like baptism or the kindergarten recognition service. Parents should also create other family milestones. This might include a special trip or day to talk about purity when a child turns 12 or 13. Whatever the milestone, parents should be intentional to connect these significant times with their faith in God.
At SMRBC, we will continue to encourage families to do family discipleship by offering classes and seminars to help make the most of these three elements. Look for “Next Step” equip classes offered on the first Sunday of each month. You can learn more at smrbckids.com. We have also curated a great collection of resources in our media center to help you implement talks, moments, and milestones in ways that will strengthen your family and help you to make disciples of the next generation.
“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the next generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” Psalm 78:4