Ken Canfield spoke at a meeting I attended about the, "Grandfather Factor" and shared about the three events in men's lives which transforms their lives. He said these three events are . . .
- When they are born
- When they figure out why they were born
- When they become fathers/grandfathers
He went on to say grandfathers have three important roles to fulfill in regards to their grandchildren . . .
- They recall the past - where they have been
- They identify the present
- They give a blessing - a picture of the future
It is very powerful for grandpas to be men who are focused on making a difference in the lives of their grandchildren. I know my husband is doing exactly this; he is making a difference in the lives of our three grandsons.
In our Children's Ministries we know if and when we get fathers to engage and focus on passing on a heritage of faith to their children it makes a huge difference. The same is true with grandpas. A grandpa has a unique position, unique connection and unique opportunity to impact. Children's Ministries are wise to engage the grandpas, so they focus on passing on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren.
What are you doing to engage the grandpas in your Children's Ministry?