Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Gap - the Need for Grandparenting Ministry in Our Churches

While this blog, grandma's cookie jar, is about passing our faith on to our grandchildren, it is not particularly a church ministry blog; meaning, I write it for grandparents, and not necessarily for churches. However; the past couple days I've been writing about the Legacy Coalition and about helping churches mobilize grandparents to pass on their faith to their grandchildren. Today I want to look at the need for Grandparenting Ministry.

As I've said, most of our churches serve us as parents of children, teens and maybe even parents who have children in college, but then until we retire and become "senior saints", there really is not much in the church which is focused on helping us understand, prepare for and intentionally engage in passing our faith on to our grandchildren. The unspoken "message" is, once our children are grown, there is nothing for us until we are senior saints, and then we will fellowship and study God's Word together.

Now, don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with fellowshipping and studying God's Word with other believers, but grandparents have something which is far, far more important for us to do. We are not only ideal people to pass our faith on to our grandchildren, but we are people who God has ordained and designated in His Word to do so.

I know when I became a grandparent, it only took one look at that little sugar with the curly hair and chubby cheeks for me to fall head-over-heels in love. I knew at that moment there was nothing more important to me than for him - and eventually his two brothers - to grow to love, know and follow Jesus with their all. I have been intentional and focused on passing my faith on to these three sweet rascals who are gifts from the hand of God.

I know how to pass faith to my grandsons, and am very intentional about doing so, but I have friends, who when I talk with them about passing faith on to their grandchildren, they just look sad, discouraged and dismayed at not knowing what to do, or how to do this. Our churches can make a real difference in this area by engaging, equipping and encouraging grandparents to pass on their faith to their grandchildren.

Just because there has been a large gap in the ministry of our churches when it comes to serving and mobilizing grandparents, it does not mean this gap has to continue to exist. Our churches can step up and engage grandparents! It can equip them! It can encourage them to pass their faith on! 

If you would like more information about how your church can do this, contact me at lyndagcj@gmail.com.

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