An Invitation to Parents (and Parents-to-Be)

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Here is a great question to ponder from Lou Priolo:

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what it is you are trying to accomplish as a parent? What exactly is your objective?

Let that weigh on your mind and heart for a moment. Think of the variety of things that consume your time in your parenting efforts—meeting basic physical needs, attending church, education, sports activities, hobbies, music lessons, special family celebrations, and more. Are all these efforts serving a common objective?

Here is how Mr. Priolo answers his own question:

Since you are a Christian parent there is only one ultimate answer to this question—and that answer is found in the Bible. The supreme objective you should have for your children is the same objective the Apostle Paul had for his spiritual children—that they be conformed (gradually changed into) the image of Christ.

He then goes on to state three necessary ingredients to produce Christ-like maturity:

…the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures, and time.

(Teach Them Diligently: How to Use Scriptures in Child Training, copyright©2000, pages 1-2)

2016 National ConferenceIt seems so simple, doesn’t it? Yet every parent knows it is an awesome task and a weighty responsibility. And, for many parents, especially those who did not grow up in Christian homes, it can be even more daunting! In the past, I have recommended many helpful books on parenting, including the one quoted above. However, if there was just one event that I could recommend for parents this coming year, it would be our National Conference. You see, contrary to what you might think, it’s not just for church leaders and ministry volunteers. It is packed with biblical parenting help and encouragement. From a parenting perspective, I have found the pre-conference seminars by Pastor David and Sally Michael to be extremely beneficial. Just look at the seminar titles:

  • A Vision for God-Centered Worship in the Next Generation [i.e., your children]
  • A Vision for Biblical Literacy in the Next Generation [your children]
  • A Vision for Encouraging Faith in the Next Generation [your children]

In my opinion, it’s not an overstatement to say that these 3 seminars present some of the best biblical parenting advice that I have found in any other single resource! These talks may literally transform your parenting and provide you with much needed encouragement. Furthermore, consider these seminars that distinctly apply to parenting:

  • The Parent-Church Connection
  • “Let the Children Come to Me” in Worship
  • Strategies for Engaging Children in the Worship Service
  • Teaching Youth to Study the Bible
  • Teaching Youth to Rejoice in God’s Good Design
  • Teaching Children and Youth to Stand Firm in a Hostile Culture
  • Picking Up the Digital Blitz: Recognizing and Countering the Technology Rush in Our Homes
  • Sins or Synapse? Are Teens Controlled by Their Brains
  • The Power of the Memorized Word in the Fight of Faith
  • Strengthening the Church-Home Partnership in the First Three Years
  • Communicating the Gospel Within the Whole Counsel of God
  • Encouraging God-Esteem in a Culture of Self-Esteem
  • Foundations for Family Discipleship
  • Intergenerational Teaching: Why and How?
  • From Genesis to Revelation: Disability and His Sure Promises of Help
  • Catechism: Out of Date or a Tried and True Teaching Tool of Eternal Truths

Grandparents: Consider helping your children attend this conference by providing financial assistance and/or childcare.

Church members: Do you know of parents who would especially benefit from this conference? Pass this post on to them. If necessary, look for ways that you and others could provide resources to make it easier for them to attend.

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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