Friday, April 7, 2017

Why Start a Grandparenting Ministry? Because "Now" Matters.

I've been talking about how important a Grandparenting Ministry is for the Children's Ministry, so let's look at how a strong Grandparenting Ministry does this. One of the first things which comes to my mind is . . . a strong Grandparenting Ministry, helps everyone keep the focus where it needs to be . . . helping children and teens know, love and follow Jesus.

How does a strong Grandparenting Ministry do this? Because grandparents know something parents - and younger people do not know. We know how very fast our grandchildren are growing up. We know the time is short. We know it matters what we do today, because we know the time is short . . . before we know it, our grandchildren will be grown up.

Since most people choose to follow Jesus before the age of 13 (according to the Barna group it is 43% of people who do this), it clearly matters what we do to evangelize children. Grandparents know how the time is short. We know it matters what we do now, because the children we love are growing up so fast. Now, while they are young, we are able to influence them and point them to Jesus. Now, while they are young they are often much more open to learning about God and His Word. We know, "now" matters.

So, when you have a strong Grandparenting Ministry in your church, you are more likely to have people who are focused on what matters; reaching children and teens and doing so before they are grown up. When it comes to starting a Grandparenting Ministry, there are many excellent reasons to do so, but one very big reason is because a strong Grandparenting Ministry will help your Children's and Youth Ministries stay focused on what really matters.

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