Last week while listening to Phil Vischer speak at the Kidzmatter web summit, he said something that really struck me. (I don’t have the perfect quote, like I said it hit me hard!) He said something like this, “in a perfect world, parents would be discipling their children, BUT who has taught them how to disciple?”
Let that sink in for a moment. I don’t think may would argue with me today that most believers today do not know theology or doctrine very well, let alone understand how they can explain it to others. Am I wrong? I don’t think so.
So, the question that Phil has asked is a powerful one for leaders. What can we do to make sure that our parents are equipped to disciple their children? If we are expecting parents to take what is being taught on Sundays, what are we doing to equip and resource them so that they can fulfill what Deuteronomy 6 commands us to do?
How can we expect parents to disciple their children if they have never been show how to do it? The church must be more intentional in this process. We need to walk step by step with parents, making sure we make it part of their natural rhythm of life. Help them see that this isn’t just something to add into their life, but this IS their life. This is what God values.
I want to challenge dads to instead of making it a priority to be their kid’s soccer coach, take the challenge to coach their kids spiritually! Show them how to read the Bible, pray, serve, give, and love.
If we are serious about disciple making let’s get intentional about coaching parents, even if it only starts with a few, it will catch on. It has to!
So are we mixed up? Are we focusing on the right things?
What can we do to make stronger disciples of Christ?