I’m Amy, and I’m mom to two awesome boys, Caleb and Garrett. When they were born, my husband, Jason, and I were youth pastors at the church where we’d grown up. We’d been in ministry there together for a long time, and we were beginning to learn, both through what we were reading and personal experience, that our influence over the lives of our students was minimal compared to the influence their parents had.
Reggie Joiner says, “There will never be a church pastor, leader, volunteer, or teacher who will have as much potential to observe what is happening in a child’s life as a parent. Parents are in a unique position to answer the questions about where their children are spiritually and what the next steps should be. The reason for that is simple–time.” (Think Orange, p. 85)
He goes on to explain that in his church they calculated that even kids who attended regularly only spent about 40 hours a year sitting under their ministry, whereas they’d spend nearly 3,000 hours that same year with their parents.
I’m not discounting the impact of the church; children need people besides their parents telling them that the things in the Bible are true. And we as parents need the encouragement, community, and correction that comes from being a part of my church. But a child’s faith won’t grow if it’s only nourished once a week.
Of course, this all sounds great, but what exactly does it mean? What are we supposed to do? When I was a new parent, I was eager to pass my faith on to sons, but I wasn’t exactly sure how to do that.
Honestly, there are still some days when I wonder how this is all going to turn out. My boys are bigger now, but they’re far from grown, and I know I have a long road ahead. It’s hard to pour your heart and soul into your kids knowing that there are no 100% guarantees that they will choose Jesus for themselves.
But I want to make sure that I’ve given it my best shot.
If you’re here, I’m guessing you’re in the same boat. And that’s where Faith Starts at Home comes in.
What you’ll find here
The very most important thing we talk about here is how to talk to our kids about Jesus. I share some ways to incorporate other important spiritual disciplines into your family life, like Bible study, prayer, and memorizing Scripture. I even wrote a 17-day family devotional of readings from Genesis to help you start talking about the Bible with your family.
But we also talk a lot about building a strong family culture. If you want your kids to listen when you talk about the Bible, and be willing to be different from their peers in an increasingly evil world, they have to know who they are to you and that there’s always a place for them in your family.
Thanks for stopping by, and may God bless you richly as strive to point your children to Him!