Sunday, December 4, 2016

Grandparenting Ministry and How it Impacts Your Children's Ministry . . .

For the past couple weeks I've been sharing with you how the general session speakers challenged grandparents and church leaders at the first-ever Legacy Grandparenting Summit. Today I want to share with you how grandparents who are engaged and intentional Christian grandparents impact your Children's Ministry; why you should focus on engaging, equipping and encouraging the grandparents in your church. Consider the following . . .
  1. Grandparents who believe God has a role for them in passing on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren will be much more focused upon all the "avenues" where their children are being reached - by what they do, what their adult children do and what the church their grandchildren attend does to reach them as well.
  2. Grandparents who understand how important it is to reach their grandchildren for Jesus, will be much more interested in getting involved in your Children's Ministry.
  3. These grandparents will be committed to pray for and help with your Children's Ministry, because they will be invested in what happens in the Children's Ministry with their grandchildren - and other children as well.
It truly matters if you engage, equip and encourage the grandparents in your church, so they are focused upon being intentional Christian grandparents. And, with this in mind, start planning now to attend the second Legacy Grandparenting Summit in 2017 (watch for all the details as to when and where in January on the website - legacygrandparentingsummit.com) You really need to be there and bring grandparents from your church with you. Why? Just look at the following . . . 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Legacy Grandparenting Summit - Legacy Awards to Jay Kessler & Cavin Harper

Over the years there have not been many people who have consistently been speaking out for and challenging grandparents . . . but there are a few and one of them is Dr. Jay Kessler. He is an author and speaker who has made a difference in the area of Grandparenting Ministry. The Legacy Coalition was honored to present him with their first Legacy Award for his pioneering vision for intentional Christian grandparenting.

Free Advent Story

halas-spark-of-hope-cover-shotIf you are looking for something to use with the families in your church to help them count down to Christmas, and most importantly, understand better what it is we are celebrating, take a look at this book which you could download for free! In "Hala's Spark of Hope" you and your grandchildren will be able to join Hala, the little jackhare, on her journey to find the High Chief, in this fun and thoughtful re-imagining of the Christmas Story. The 25 short chapters are perfect for Advent readings (starting Dec. 1), or you could have them begin today or tomorrow and just read a couple extra chapters to "catch up". You may download the book and discussion guide for FREE at www.itscaptainsun.com/Hala

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Legacy Coalition - Tim & Darcy Kimmel - Gracious Grandparenting

The last general session on the last day of the first-ever Legacy Grandparenting Summit was leg by Tim and Darcy Kimmel . . . yes, the Kimmels. As I have said, the Legacy Coalition did not "skimp" when it came to lining up top quality speakers who had much to share with grandparents about being intentional Christian grandparents! From the start with Larry Fowler, Josh Mulvihill, Valerie Bell and Chuck Swindoll and family, all the way through to the Kimmels, the general session speakers challenged and encouraged the grandparents to make a difference in the lives of their grandchildren, because grandparenting matters!

What is grandparenting? Tim and Darcy Kimmel shared a few answers to this question . . .

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Legacy Coalition - Josh McDowell - Make the Time We Have Count!

When it came to the quality of speakers the first-ever Legacy Grandparenting Summit had for grandparents to hear from, they certainly, "hit it out of the park"! Chuck Swindoll (and his wife and grandchildren - a first-ever event in itself!), Crawford Loritts, Larry Fowler, Gary Chapman, John Trent, Valerie Bell, Josh Mulvihill . . . just these speakers would have made for an amazing opportunity to hear from people who had much wisdom to share, but they were not all the general session speakers! No, there were two more and today I'm very happy to share with you what Josh McDowell had to say to us about making the time we have count . . . yes, Josh McDowell! Did I mention how the Legacy Coalition "hit it out of the park" when it came to lining up general session speakers?!

Josh McDowell has ten grandchildren ages 12 and under. He said in the 55 years and the more than 34,000 times he has he has been speaking to people, he had never before spoken to a conference on grandparenting, but he was very happy to be able to do so, as after Jesus, his family was his greatest motivation.

Josh shared two things for us to be aware of as grandparents -

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Legacy Grandparenting Summit - John Trent - Be a Blessing Giver!

Over the past couple weeks, I've shared with you about how to set up and engage the grandparents in your ministry in participating in a Prayer Stations where they are able to pray for their grandchildren and themselves, shared with you how Larry Fowler challenged us with the truth of how intentional Christian grandparents make a significant difference in the lives of their grandchildren and led us in the Intentional Christian Grandparent Declaration. I shared with you how Chuck Swindoll, his wife and grandchildren blessed those at the summit by sharing what they do, how and why they do it and the difference it made and continues to make in the lives of their grandchildren, wrote about how Michelle Anthony challenged us with how grandparents can make a significant difference in the lives of their grandchildren because we have the perspective and wisdom of time and how Crawford Loritts challenged us with the truth of how grandparents are here for a time we can not see - for future generations not yet born!

If these men and women had been all of the general session speakers, everyone at the summit would have left blessed, challenged and excited about all they heard and learned; but they were not all! We heard from Gary Chapman about the greatest gift we can give our grandchildren, from Josh Mulvihill about the Biblical role of grandparents and from Valerie Bell about how being an intentional Christian grandparent makes a big difference. And yet, this was still not all!

We also heard from John Trent and I am very happy to share with you today what he had to tell us about being a blessing giver to our grandchildren! He challenged us to be grandparents who choose to give, not withhold, our blessing and led us in how to write out and give each child a blessing which is tailored to them, how you see God working in their lives and which gives them a view into what He may have for their future. We were able to watch as he had some grandparents give an actual blessing, which they wrote out, to their grandson.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Legacy Grandparenting Summit - Valerie Bell - Be Intentional & Make a Difference!

Two weeks ago we were getting ready for the start of the first-ever grandparenting conference, the Legacy Grandparenting Summit. More than 800 people participated with speakers such as Chuck Swindoll, Josh McDowell, Gary Chapman, John Trent, Larry Fowler and many more. It was an amazing opportunity for grandparents an church leaders to learn about the Biblical role of grandparents and how they can make a true and lasting difference in the lives of the children they love by being intentional Christian Grandparents.

This matters for you who serve in Children's Ministry, because when grandparents are intentional about passing on a heritage of faith, the children are much more likely to grow to be people who love, know and follow God. Just imagine how your impact on the children can be multiplied when you are focused upon engaging and equipping grandparents to pass on their faith!

One of the general session speakers was Valerie Bell. Many of you may know her as the CEO of AWANA, but she is also a grandma! Valerie shared with us a powerful account of one of her grandsons and how at his birth he experienced serious medical complications. The doctors did not expect him to survive, but as Valerie said, "We may not always be on the same page with our adult children, but when the big things come along we are together! We pray together. We support one another." Happily, God did a miracle in her grandson's life and he survived - and has thrived in the ensuing five years!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Legacy Grandparenting Summit - Biblical Role of Grandparents

Do you know what the Bible says about the biblical role of grandparents? Did you know the Bible even says anything about it? Well, it actually has quite a bit to say about the biblical role of grandparents. At the first-ever Legacy Grandparenting Summit, we had the opportunity to listen to Josh Mulvihill share what the Bible says about the role of grandparents.

Josh is not yet a grandpa, but he has spent considerable time researching the Bible to find out what it has to say about the role of grandparents. He interviewed hundreds of grandparents across the country and learned by and large, grandparents do not know what God's Word has to say about their role as grandparents. They have accepted society's view of grandparents which pretty much boils down to, "closeness at a distance" . . . they are a playmate or companion, but they need to be careful not to interfere in their adult children's lives. This leaves grandparents confused and in most cases, not in a position to influence their grandchildren for Jesus.

So, what is the Biblical role of grandparents? Josh shared how there is one word we find over and over again in the Bible and how it refers to grandparenting. This word is, "Heritage" . . .

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Legacy Grandparenting Summit - Gary Chapman & The Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Grandchildren

When you think about conferences, you typically get to hear from one or two or three key  note, general session speakers; but this was not the case for the Legacy Grandparenting Summit! By the middle of the second day we had already heard from Larry Fowler, Josh Mulvihill, Valerie Bell, Chuck Swindoll & family, Michelle Anthony and Crawford Loritts; a full slate for sure, but this was not the end. Not at all!

Today I'm very, very happy for the opportunity to share with you what Gary Chapman had to tell us about the greatest gift grandparents can give their grandchildren. This message is one every grandparent needs to hear and will absolutely benefit from, because it will make a significant difference in the lives of their grandchildren.

So, what is this, "greatest gift", you wonder? Gary Chapman told us the greatest gift we can give our grandchildren is to model what it looks like to be grandparents who love, care for and support one another. Yes, it is the gift of showing them what it looks like to have a strong, solid marriage. He then shared with us the characteristics of marriages which are thriving in the "second half" . . .