Monday, December 6, 2021

Anchored - Teaming Up Church & Parents/Grandparents to Teach the "Whys"

You may have noticed I often mention the Barna studies about how so many of our children and grandchildren are turning away from their faith and to atheism. This is not something we have to just sit back and accept. We are able to do something about it. We are able to hand down confident faith and doing this involves teaching the children we love both the "whats" - what the Bible says and therefore what we believe - and teaching them the "whys" - why we are able to believe what we believe.

Most churches and many families do at least a decent job of teaching the "whats", but few, if any, teach the "whys". Josh McDowell says, "Belief is knowing what we believe. Conviction is knowing why we believe it." He is right. If we want the ones we love to have conviction in regards to their faith, we must teach them the "whys" - and there are many, solid reasons why!

This is why I am working on a new curriculum supplement which will equip churches and families to work together to teach the children they love the "whys". This curriculum is called "Anchored" and is one churches will use with the curriculum they are already using. They will take just a few minutes in large group time each Sunday to introduce another of the "whys", and then spend another few minutes in small group time to teach more about the weekly "why". During the week families will spend time in their homes learning the "why" while they talk and engage in meaningful activities. Anchored will help churches/parents/grandparents team up to teach the "whys" so the children they love know what they believe and why they are able to believe it!

Stay tuned for more information as I complete this resource and please share the information with the leaders in your church. Anchored will not replace the curriculum they are using to teach the "whats", it will just equip them to also teach the "whys" - and equip the parents and grandparents to do the same!

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