Thursday, March 30, 2017

Let's Talk Grandparenting Ministry - Future Generations Ministry!

Image result for images for grandparentsFor several years I've been talking about Grandparenting Ministry; not necessarily ministry serving grandparents, but ministry which engages, equips and encourages grandparents to pass on a heritage of faith. Cavin Harper describes this ministry as a; "Future Generations Ministry", because it is about future generations and helping them remember all God does, so they are able to faithfully and obediently follow Him.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Isn't This What You Want for Your Children's Ministry?

For the past eight years – since I became a grandma – I have talked, quite a bit actually, about why it matters for those of us who serve in Children’s Ministry, to focus on engaging, equipping and encouraging grandparents to pass on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren.  

Today I’m sharing with you part of my family’s growing “Prayer History” to illustrate why this is so important. I posted this on my other blog – grandma’s cookie jar, but want to share it with you as well.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Why Should You Support Grandparenting Ministry? Because Grandparents Are Primary Care Givers . . .

There are many reasons why pastors and church leaders should be strong supporters Grandparenting Ministry, but let's just look at one reason today (we will look at other reasons in future posts). This reason is because 7% of children are being raised by their grandparents - this adds up to about five million children . . . enough to fill Yankee Stadium 100 times over (according to grandparents.com).

Yes, 13% of grandparents are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren . . . which means you likely have grandparents in your church who are raising their grandchildren. Do you know who these grandparents are? What are you doing to support and encourage them?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Intentionally Pass on a Heritage of Faith with Generations Quest!

When you look at the world around you, do the parents and grandparents in your ministry feel afraid? Do they wonder how the children they love will possibly grow up and still choose to love, know and walk with God when all around them they are influenced to do everything but?

I admit, there are times I wonder these things for my three sweet grandsons. They are influenced by nearly everything in their lives to choose everything other than following God. But, then I'm reminded of the truth. The truth is as much as I love these boys, God loves them more. As much as I want them to know, love and follow God, He wants them to do these things even more. While I can not make them choose to know, love and follow God, the One Who loves them most is able to do what I can not.

However; knowing this truth - and it is the truth - does not relieve me of my responsibility to be faithful to pass on a heritage of faith to my grandsons.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Get Ready to Equip Grandparents & Parents Like Never Before!

If you had a resource you could make available to the grandparents and parents in your ministry which would equip them to engage the children they love in reading God's Word, understanding God's Word and applying God's Word, would you recommend it and make it available to them? If this resource would help families develop a strong, "Family Faith History", would you recommend it and make it available to them? If it cost less than a bag of chips each month, would you recommend it ad make it available to them?

Well . . . stay tuned! In the coming month I'll be announcing and releasing just such a resource! Get ready! Things are about to change when it comes to helping families pass on a heritage of faith!

Monday, March 20, 2017

It Is All About to Change!

When the grandparents in your church think about your church, do they feel like they are truly being engaged as grandparents? Do they feel like they are really being equipped and encouraged to disciple their grandchildren? Do they feel like the opportunities for them at your church are primarily focused on Bible study classes, get-togethers, luncheons and hymn sings and is more of a “Senior Saints” Ministry than it is a Grandparenting Ministry which engages, equips and encourages them to pass their faith to their grandchildren?

A Senior Saints Ministry primarily functions for those who are retired (over the age of 65) and is mostly focused on fellowship. A Grandparenting Ministry focuses on those who are grandparents (the average age a person first becomes a grandparent is 47) and strives to engage, equip and encourage them to pass on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren. Do you see the difference? Does your church truly have a Grandparenting Ministry?

Most churches have ministry to young parents, parents of elementary age children, parents of teens and even possibly parents of college-age children, but once they become grandparents, there tends to be nothing for them until they are old enough to retire – for twenty years or more – and then it is often focused on fellowship, not passing on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren.

However; this is all about to change!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Equip Parents/Grandparents to Be Intentional in Passing on Their Faith

Do the parents and grandparents in your ministry know what it looks like to be intentional about passing on their faith to the children they love? This is an important question for us to think about, and for us to find the answers, so we are able to help them be focused and intentional when it comes to passing on their faith. One way we they this, and the most important thing they do to do so, is when they have the great privilege and joy of pointing their children/grandchildren to Jesus. But what does this look like and what do they do after the children they love believe in Jesus?

I believe it begins with equipping them to know how to equip their children and grandchildren so they are people who are able to grow in their own walk with Jesus – for themselves. Yes, there is much parents and grandparents can – and should – do to help them, but there comes a point when their children/grandchildren need to learn to grow in their own walk with Jesus; they can not just depend upon the adults in their lives who love them to give them what they need to grow. Which means, a great place for you to being helping parents and grandparents, is with helping them know how to help the children they love develop a love for God’s Word! How do parents and grandparents do this? Consider the following . . .

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Please Share & Consider Helping . . .

It looks like this coming Summer of 2017 is going to be a very busy one for my nieces . . . I'm very happy today to share with you some information about another niece, Leah, and the mission trip she is taking this Summer.

When my children were teens, it was very important to my husband and I for them to serve on short-term mission trips. Our daughter went to serve with Native Americans in South Dakota, to Mexico, Costa Rica and the Bahamas. Our son went to serve with Native Americans in South Dakota, to Nepal, Thailand, England, France, Spain, Italy and the Island of Rhodes. Whether they go on to serve full-time in missions or not, giving young adults the opportunity to serve others, especially in a cross-cultural setting - is extremely valuable. It is my prayer my grandsons will go on mission trips when they are older.

My niece Leah is going on a mission trip this summer, and I will let her tell you all about it . . . 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Equip Parents & Grandparents - Give Them Resources . . . Illustrate My Own!

One of the best things you can do to see children reached for Jesus and then help them grow in their walk with Him, is to equip parents and grandparents, so they are able to pass on a heritage of faith to the children they love. No matter how much time you put into your Children’s Ministry, you will never have as much time, and therefore as much influence, as the parents and grandparents, so it only makes sense to spend time, significant time, focused on intentionally equipping them so they are able to pass on their faith.

This is not to say anything else you do does not matter, because it does. You will always have children who do not have believers for parents or grandparents; clearly those parents/grandparents will not be able to pass on faith. You will also have parents and grandparents who think it is the church’s job to teach their children and are not willing to do it.

But, you will also have parents and grandparents who will teach their children and grandchildren the Bible; they just need to know how to do it and what to use. This is why it matters so much for you to be intentional when it comes to training parents and grandparents and when it comes to finding and recommending resources which they may use at home to pass on a heritage of faith.

To help you with this, I’ll focus in the coming months on resources you may share with the parents and grandparents in your ministry. Today I’m starting with a resource I wrote – it is one parents and grandparent could use with their children/grandchildren to help them learn about Jehoshaphat and how he chose to obey and follow God.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Legacy Grandparenting Summit - Year Two!

I’m sure grandparents in your ministry – or parents – agree with me about how grandparents play a unique and profoundly influential role in the lives of our grandchildren – second only to parents – yet we are one of the most underserved groups in the church. We grandparents today do not consider ourselves to be “seniors” in the traditional sense. We are generally healthier and more vital than any other generation of grandparents in history. As twenty-first century grandparents, we are just as likely to be rocking to our favorite tunes as we are to be rocking in our favorite chairs.

So, today I’m very happy to let you know about the second annual Legacy Grandparenting Summit, which is a national conference for today’s Christian grandparents who want to be inspired and equipped to pass our faith to our grandchildren. Last year grandparents were able to hear from Chuck Swindoll, Josh McDowell and a number of other wonderful speakers . . . this year there is another excellent line-up of speakers, including Tony Evans, Tim Kimmel and Steve Stroope with music from Steve Green and comedy from Ken Davis – you will not want to miss this summit!