Planning for the long game

N.C. BAPTIST PODCAST
March 6, 2018
Subscribe

This podcast was recorded at the Disciple-making conference breakout session training. Many church leaders might see a need for whole family ministry, yet their approach frequently leaves an impression that they, and not parents, are responsible for the children’s spiritual growth. In addition, busy ministry schedules often do not leave time to plan beyond the upcoming season. Do great worship services, events and fellowships cause change in the homes of believers? Daniel Dye discusses one church’s effort to go beyond seasonal family ministry planning to a long-term process that teaches families to think with the end in mind and prioritize their own family’s spiritual growth. Discover how churches can equip and encourage parents to do what God has already empowered them to do in their families.

Here is an excerpt from this podcast:

Doing youth ministry, you heard the statistics that came out about how so many leave the faith after graduating high school. My question is, what’s the percentage we have to have to say there’s a problem? In my particular case, there was one youth that I thought was a strong youth, went all the way through in our ministry and freshman year in college, just maybe a month out of my ministry, did not even look or act like a follower of Jesus Christ. At that point, I thought, “What is the point? What are we doing? If we can’t have our strongest people go out there and stand up for Jesus when culture hits them, then what are we doing?” I took a long, hard look at our ministry. The challenge began and God started ministering to my heart to show me what His ultimate plan was. We don’t really have a problem anymore convincing anyone that we need to put the faith and spiritual growth power back in the parents’ hands. The problem that we have is that is Sunday is always coming. We know that we need to do this, but what ends up happening is that we start focusing on the next event. Even though we knew that we needed to be doing something to strengthen the parents and equip them and give them tools, we weren’t doing it. The Scripture text that we all know out of Deuteronomy 6 says the four times that the family should be working with the kids: in the morning when you rise, as you walk along the road, as you eat together and as you lay down at night. But I was at a loss how to teach the parents of the teenagers I was working with on what to do with it.


by Daniel Dye  
/  Associate and Youth Pastor  /  Peninsula Baptist Church

How to get on track with family devotions

For many families, chaos is the norm. With schedules pulling everyone in a different direction, something will eventually give. However, family devotions provide two buoys that help modern families navigate their stormy schedules. Those buoys are connection and direction. Without...

A five-fold framework to focus on Christ in the new year

Ushering in a new year grants families the opportunity to delight in all God has done and gaze forward at the refining yet to happen. As you look toward a new year, consider using the following framework provided by the collection of Puritan prayers and devotions titled The Valley...

Why diving deep into God’s Word makes us confident disciple-makers

Being a parent who is a confident disciple-maker is hard work. The time required to regularly pray with your family, intentionally talk about the Lord with your kids, serve with your spouse and see your neighborhoods as a mission field can feel overwhelming in our fast-paced...

8 fun activities for your family inspired by Christmas carols

As your family enters the Christmas season and journeys toward Christmas Day this year, resolve to adore Christ with the focus and anticipation of a locomotive powering toward its destination. Don’t get derailed by commercialism. Try these carol-themed activities to keep your...

Encouragement for parents of prodigal children

Being in ministry for over 25 years, I have experienced many amazing “God moments” and personally witnessed countless spiritual victories in the lives of folks in the churches I’ve served and pastored. I have also survived my share of ministry heartbreaks, major roadblocks and...

Get the latest news and event information by signing up for the N.C. Baptist newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!