Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Check out the New Legacy Coalition Grandparenting Matters Website & Facebook Page! Great Resources for You!

For forty years I served in Children's Ministries. I am all for Children's Ministry. I believe an effective Children's Ministry can, and does, make a difference in the lives of children. I believe it matters what we do in our churches with the children. I believe a strong church has a strong Children's Ministry.

Having said these things, I also believe the ability of a Children's Ministry to significantly impact the lives of children in a lasting way is limited if the Children's Ministry does not also focus on the family. When studies show the average child is only at church twice a month (check this link and this link for the specifics on the studies) . . . which works out to about two hours out of every 336 hours - yes, two hours - we can not continue to expect the church and it's Children's Ministry to be the primary - and in far too many cases, the only - place a child is influenced for God.

So, how do we do this? Keep in mind, God's Word tells us children are to be engaged and reached in all 336 hours we have in a two-week period of time - and in all the hours of each and every week all year long. Since it is clear church can not possibly engage children for all these hours, we have to focus our efforts on following God's guide-line for children . . . which is of course, the best guide! In Deuteronomy 4 and 6 He says teaching and engaging children has to be a day-in-day-out focus. This is the role of the family.

As grandparents, and parents, we have to be engaged if we are going to be truly effective in reaching children. Yes, we still have our grandchildren/children participate in Sunday and Wednesday ministry opportunities for children. They do make a difference, but for lasting and real engagement of children, they have to have more than just a couple hours every two weeks. They need their parents and grandparents to engage them at home - when they rise, when they sit, when they walk in the way, when they go to sleep at night . . . this is the day-in-day-out living of life and it is where parents and grandparents are able to engage children.

We need to engage by being sure we are current with what our grandchildren/children are learning at church on Sundays and Wednesdays. We need to find resources we can use at home to continue the learning. We need to search out opportunities for us to be engaged and encouraged to pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren/children.

One way you can do this is by teaming up with the Legacy Coalition - Grandparenting Matters movement. It is our goal to engage, equip and encourage grandparents to pass on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren and to help churches do the same with the grandparents in their ministries. We will do this by providing resources - and encouraging other resource providers to step up and provide resources for grandparents. We will do this also by providing regional conferences (our first one is in the Minneapolis, MN area this coming May - find out all about it at this link) and National Summits (our first one is in November - keep watching for more details as this is an opportunity you will want to attend - and take grandparents from your church with you!).

Plus, our website has just launched! On it you will find information, ideas and resources to help you engage, equip and be encouraged to pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren. Please check our website out at this link - and our facebook at this link . . . we have new content on our facebook each day, throughout the day! It is a great place for grandparents to connect and be encouraged!

As grandparents, lets be serious and committed to passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren - it matters. It makes a difference. 

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