Gospel Centered Family

Family Friday Links 10.21.16

Pat AldridgeComment

Here's what we've been reading online this week:

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) had a post on how parents empower their kids to live out their faith. It reads, "... the kids that continue to follow Christ are usually those that are actively engaging with Christianity and living it out through day-to-day actions." This post goes on to give parents (and the church) 4 practical things they can do.

Scott Kedersha had a post about questions to ask before (and after) you get married. He says, "But before you pick out a cake, wedding venue and photography package, make sure you consider these three vital questions." His questions are important, they will provide strength and direction for your marriage.

Jason Allen had a post on tips for leading your kids to Christ. He wrote, "I feel the weight—and glory—of this stewardship daily and find immeasurable fulfillment and joy as I see my children taking steps toward Christ. I am sure many Christian parents feel the same way I do—awestruck by the opportunity and responsibility that is ours." His tips are helpful for both parents and those that work with kids.

Mark Altrogge had a post on how parents provoke their kids to anger. He lists serval ways parents do this. He concludes, "May God give us gracious, gentle, humble, affectionate hearts toward our children." Parents, and especially dads, learn from this wise pastor.

What have you been reading online lately? Leave us a link in the comment section for us to check out.

Sojourn Network Leader's Summit: Children's Ministry Cohort

Jared KennedyComment

Next week, Sojourn Network, is hosting it's annual leadership summit. This year's theme is churches planting churches. 

I'm excited about helping lead one of seven ministry cohorts designed to provide pastors and ministry leaders specialized training in their area of church service. I have the opportunity to serve Sojourn Network as a ministry strategist for children's ministry.

Check out the registration page here. There is still time to register as a late comer. 

Here is what we'll focus on during our three children's ministry leadership cohort sessions:

  1. Leading a Child to Christ: Three is a lot of anxiety about child evangelism in our Reformed tribe. This session will equip you with tools for shepherding kids to Christ with confidence.
  2. Teaching Focused on Jesus: You will learn best practices for training children's ministry teachers to craft gospel-centered lesson plans. 
  3. Four Essentials for Children's Ministry in Your Church Plant: We'll consider a start-up children's ministry and talk about the essentials of prayer, vision, hospitality, and safety. I'll be sure to leave lots of time for Q & A on specific safety and security scenarios.

I hope to see you there.

Family Friday Links 10.14.16

Jeff HutchingsComment

Here is an article to help to find joy in parenting. David Mathis wrote this article entitled, Happy Daddy, Happy Home. Mathis writes, " Yet you can’t consistently and convincingly express a delight that you don’t have. The first step, Ajith says, before expressing joy, is experiencing it — and the transcultural key to learning delight in one’s children is finding God’s own fatherly delight in us as his child. It’s one thing to hear and confess, but another thing to truly know and enjoy."

Jen Wilkin posted on the Gospel Coalition that talks about the value of children and the fact that  kids are our neighbors. Wilkin's writes, Because if children are people, then they are also our neighbors. This means that every scriptural imperative that speaks to loving our neighbor as we love ourselves suddenly comes to bear on how we parent. Every command to love preferentially at great cost, with great effort, and with godly wisdom becomes not just a command to love the people in my workplace or the people in my church or the people at my hair salon or the people on my street or the people in the homeless shelter. It becomes a command to love the people under my own roof, no matter how small. If children are people, then our own children are our very closest neighbors. No other neighbor lives closer or needs our self-sacrificing love more."

This week John Piper on Desiring God had an interview that discussed Preparing our Kids for Suffering. Piper says, " In fact, I would say that the greatest challenge of parenting — at least, I look back over, what did I parent? 42 years or something like that, so far — the greatest challenge of parenting is not primarily remembering all the things that should be taught in the catechism, but primarily being a parent growing in grace and humility and trust and joy in all the ups and downs of life. Few things will have a greater power in our children’s lives to help them suffer as Christians."  

John Murchison at The Verge talks about Instilling Identity in Your Children on Halloween. Murchison says, "In our home, we have chosen to celebrate Halloween as a fun, cultural holiday. We love making the kids’ costumes and joining with our neighbors in trick-or-treating. However, my wife and I also feel strongly that the dark, scary, and evil parts of the holiday are not to be celebrated."

What have you been reading? Please share in the comments! 



Family Friday Links 10.6.16

Pat AldridgeComment

Here's what we've been reading this week online:

Sam Luce wrote a post on teaching kids about the Trinity and why it's important. He wrestles with the reality, "The problem with explaining something so complex to kids is we look for a solid object to explain such abstract truths." We have the responsibility as parents and pastors to teach these things to our kids. If you're looking for ways to do this, start here.

Kenny Conley had a post for children pastors/leaders on doing less. He says, "Doing less means I have far more time to make sure that everything we do is incredible. Doing less means I have far more time to invest in volunteers to ensure they’re truly impacting their kids." This is something we need to think through.

Timothy Paul Jones had a post on leadership and its ties to the family. Speaking on the qualifications for elders from 1 Timothy 3:2-7 he wrote, "Paul plowed through administrative and teaching skills in only a few words, yet he invested nearly one-third of this text in issues related to the pastor’s home life." We all talk about this a lot, but how seriously are we taking it?

What have you been benefitting from online recently? Leave us a link and brief description in the comment section and we'll check it out.