Thoughts from Ed Miller
Continuing the Series on the 10 Challenges Facing the Family
We often ask people what they see as the greatest challenge facing parents today as they seek to pass the faith onto their kids. The number one answer is almost always the packed schedule issue. Another one that comes up a lot is the problem of feeling inadequate. Many parents want to disciple their kids, but they just don’t know where to begin or how to make it interesting for their children.
I was very blessed to work with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for most of my adult life. I was trained to disciple others and develop leaders. I had some struggles as I sought to translate that to discipleship in the home, but the training I received was invaluable. We all fall at a different point on a continuum of spiritual maturity and Christian life experience.
I don’t think a lack of discipleship or leadership training should stop anyone from taking leadership in the home. The real secret is having a vision and the willingness to take action. The lack of formal training can actually be an advantage because you can come alongside of your children as a fellow learner. This also puts you in a humble place where you can share honestly with your family. I’ve found that the willingness to share my struggles as well as my questions leads to a wonderful learning environment.
You may still be asking the question, “How do I get started?” or “How do I make family time interesting for my children?” Dr. Scott Turansky and I are currently developing a tool for families who want to make a start with discipleship at home. We want to make it easy to get started with a simple, activity-based family time every week. We’ll be field-testing the 4/14 Family Challenge 90-Day Adventure this spring. Would you be willing to help us develop the adventure? Give us feedback on the following questions.
- What makes a family devotional time engaging for children?
- What are the most important components of Christian discipleship that should be covered in a 90-Day Adventure?