Saturday, August 17, 2013

Do You Challenge Families?

Over the coming year at my church families are going to be challenged like they never have! They will be challenged in the following ways . . . 
  • To read the Bible!
  • To memorize the Bible! Kids will be memorizing James 5 in the mid-week program and will be challenged to memorize 52 verses on Sundays!
These may seem like obvious, "no-brainers", but how often do we really focus on challenging and encouraging families to do these things? How often do we do them ourselves? It is so easy for us to get caught up in the business of life and allow things to slide . . . even really important things. The families in our churches are the same way.

If we want the children in our churches to understand how important it is for them to know and walk with God, they have to love His Word. For this to happen we need to help them develop a love and desire for God's Word. When we love and desire God's Word, it is so much easier for the children and families in our ministries to do the same.

So, as you get ready to launch your Fall ministries, if challenging families to read and memorize their Bibles isn't in your "plan", take time today to look at what you can do to focus on God's Word yourself and challenge and encourage families to do the same!


  1. Hi Lynda,
    do you have any ideas on how to challenge parents and families?

    1. You could start in a simple way by choosing a verse for the month and challenge families to memorize it and do something together to show they are living it . . . this way you are combining Bible memory with service projects, but only are asking families to do one of each in a month.

      From this simple idea you could build to add more verses, service projects, etc