"...bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." -Ephesians 6:4b.
"These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." -Deuteronomy 6:6-7.
Scripture teaches that the primary responsibility for the spiritual growth and training of children lies with the parents and we want to provide resources to help you minister to your family.
In the battle for time and family scheduling the church often loses out to sports, clubs, band, studying and other extracurricular activities. A study conducted by the Barna Group found that there is a correlation between church participation in the child and teen years and the continued church participation into adulthood. They found that those who regularly attended church activities as a teen had a much higher probability of participating in church later in life. However, church participation is only part of what determines the likelihood of your child continuing in their faith once they grow up and enter the world on their own. The biggest factor is the influence and examples demonstrated in the home.
In general only 4% of a child’s time is spent at church activities (for the most active participation i.e. Sun. morning, evening and Wed. night) while 32% is spent at school. That leaves approximately 64% of the child’s waking hours either with the parents or in extracurricular activities.
We want to provide you with tips and resources to help you, “Train up [your] child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” –Proverbs 22:6. Church participation is important and your children will always receive valuable theological instruction at the church but that is only one part of bringing your children up in the Lord.
We hope this resource is beneficial to you as we partner together to raise up godly young men and women.