In this 6 minute video Alan Charter who runs the Children Matter network argues from Deuteronomy why it is so important for the family to take seriously its responsibility to be the primary place for the nurturing of Christian faith. Now there are of course exceptions to the rule – my situation was that my family were not Christians and my sunday school volunteers and local schools workers were a vital and irreplaceable part of my spiritual formation. But the normative model for the spiritual development of children are parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles taking responsibility to help raise faith in the upcoming generation.
I’d love to know what you think are the roadblocks for parents in particular in being proactive in the discipleship of their children. I am asking for a couple of reasons – I am a parents and I need all the help I can get in discipling my children. I am part of a church leadership team that is wrestling with this at the moment. But I am also an author trying to write into this space. So three questions for you:
1. What are the challenges for parents to actually disciple their children
2. What can the church do to work with (not around parents)
3. What are the best resources you have seen to help
Thanks for your help friends
This is the last of the videos from the Evangelical Alliance Council meeting “It takes a whole church to raise a child.”