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.
For the last year I have been writing about the Legacy Coalition – Grandparenting Matters. I am honored and delighted to be part of this new movement where we are working to help churches engage the grandparents in their ministries and equip and encourage grandparents to pass on a heritage of faith.
This past November we held our first-ever Legacy Grandparenting Summit where the main speakers – Chuck Swindoll, Josh McDowell, Gary Chapman, Valerie Bell, Tim Kimmel, John Trent, Crawford Lorrits challenged more than 800 grandparents from five countries – yes five countries!
Crawford Loritts said; “This is history in the making.” And Josh McDowell said; “This could be bigger than Promise Keepers.” Gary Chapman said he was committed to go back to his own church and begin a Grandparenting Ministry!
Plans are underway for our second Legacy Grandparenting Summit November 2-4, 2017 at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwell, Texas – you’ll find the details at this link but Tony Evans and Ken Davis are just two of our key note speakers and Steve Green is just one of the people who will be performing - you will not want to miss it. Mark your calendar now, talk with other leaders in your church as well as grandparents – ask them to go, and plan to join us yourself – you will definitely not want to miss it!
God is up to something exciting and amazing when it comes to engaging, equipping and encouraging grandparents to pass on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren; something big! Join us and discover how your church may be part of this as well! (You will find more information about the Legacy Coalition at this link – and if you would like to talk with someone about how to do this, just contact us!)