Monday, January 18, 2016

Does Your Church Focus on Fellowship or Engaging, Equipping & Encouraging?

If you knew there may be a group of people in your church who were not truly being engaged; what would you do? If you knew it was possible these people were not really being equipped and encouraged to disciple children, who in many cases were part of your Children's Ministry; what would you do? Would this matter?

Who is this group of people, you ask? The answer is, grandparents. Now before you tell me your church has a ministry to and for grandparents, let me ask you if this, "ministry" is more than Bible study classes, get-togethers, luncheons and hymn sings, because there is a significant difference between a, "Senior Saints" ministry and a Grandparenting Ministry. 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 for a person becoming a grandparent for the first time is 47) and strives to engage them, equip them 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; 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!

If you have not already begun to hear about the Legacy Coalition - Grandparenting Matters, you will certainly do so in the coming weeks and months! I am honored and delighted to be part of this new movement where we are working to help churches engage the grandparents in their ministry. The Legacy Coalition will focus on partnering with other ministries to work through churches for the purpose of envisioning, encouraging, and equipping Christian grandparents to be intentional spiritual influencers with their grandchildren. I can't wait to tell you more! If you can't wait either, send me a private message with your email at, and I will send you more information!!!

And over the coming week, stay tuned as I will be sharing much more about the Legacy Coalition and how you can allow us to team up with your church to engage this group of people - the grandparents - and help them pass on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren. Can't you just imagine the difference this could make in your Children's Ministry?! Stay tuned!

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