Parents’ Formal Spiritual Leadership

Leading Family Prayer and Worship

Q. What are some key elements of family worship?

A. Read Genesis 18:19.

Read pages 100–13: Rienow, Rob. Visionary Parenting. Nashville: Randall House, 2009.

Q. What are some creative ways to get started with family worship?

A. Read Psalm 78:5–7.

Read pages 87–107: Burns, Jim and Mike Devries. Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light, 2001.

Leading Planned Faith Talks with Your Teenager

Q. Why are faith talks necessary?

A. Read Joshua 4:6–7.

Read page 155–60: Jones, Timothy Paul. Family Ministry Field Guide. Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2011.

Q. How can I set time for faith talk, and what are some obstacles when leading one?

A. Read Romans 10:8–10.

Read pages 45–47: Haynes, Brian. The Legacy Path. Nashville: Randall House, 2011

Q. What are some ways I could lead faith talk?

A. Read Exodus 13:8–9.

Read pages 74–84: Holman, Mark. Faith Begins at Home. Ventura, CA: Regal, 2005.

Performing Acts of Service as a Family

Q. How can I lead my child to serve others for Christian growth and maturity?

A. Read Joshua 24:15.

Read pages 86–98: Burns, Jim and Mike DeVries. The Youth Builder: Today’s Resource for Relational Youth Ministry. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light, 2001.

Read pages 105–7: Burns, Jim and Mike Devries. Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light, 2001

Q. In what ways can my child serve at church?

A. Read Luke 2:52.

Read pages 133–34: Anthony, Michael and Michelle Anthony. A Theology for Family Ministry. Nashville: B&H, 2011.

Q. What can I do to make a servant mentality part of my child?

A. Read 1 Peter 4:10.

Read pages 111–13: Barna, George. Revolutionary Parenting: What the Research Shows Really Works. Carol Stream, IL: Barna Books, 2006.

Leading Your Teenager toward a Life of Purity

Q. How can I lead my child to promise a lifetime of purity in the presence of family?

A. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:3–5.

Read pages 144–49: Hemphill, Ken and Richard Ross. Parenting with Kingdom Purpose. Nashville: B&H, 2005.

Q. How can I help my child commit to biblical purity?

A. Read 1 Corinthians 6:18.

Read pages 78–87: Haynes, Brian. The Legacy Path. Nashville: Randall House, 2011

Q. How can I help my child discover and guard his heart?

A. Read Proverbs 4:23.

Read pages 99–113: St. Clair, Barry. Parent Fuel. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2007.

Leading Your Teenager to Salvation

Q. How can I lead my child to a faith that lasts?

A. Read James 1:22.

Read pages 39–55: Holman, Mark. Faith Begins at Home. Ventura, CA: Regal, 2005.

Q. How can I lead my children toward Christ and encourage them to accept Him?

A. Read John 3:16.

Read pages 9–16: Rienow, Rob. Visionary Parenting. Nashville: Randall House, 2009.

Q. How can I make my child’s baptism experience memorable?

A. Read Luke 3:21.

Read pages 139–143: Hemphill, Ken and Richard Ross. Parenting with Kingdom Purpose. Nashville: B&H, 2005.

Leading Your Family to be Evangelistic

Q. How can I help my son or daughter reach out to friends?

A. Read Matthew 28:19–20.

Read pages 147–55: Burns, Jim and Mike DeVries. The Youthbuilder. Ventura, California: Gospel Light, 2001.

Q. How can I disciple my child to reproduce other disciples?

A. Read 1 Thessalonians 2:19–20.

Read pages 149–65: St. Clair, Barry. Parent Fuel. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2007.

Q. How could I start evangelizing other households with my child?

A. Read Acts 16:15.

Read pages 63–65: Jones, Timothy Paul. Perspectives on Family Ministry: Three Views. Nashville: B&H, 2009.

Experiencing the Memorial Supper with Your Family

Q. How does a child’s participation in Communion function as a milestone in spiritual development?

A. Read Luke 22:19.

Read pages 131–32: Anthony, Michael and Michelle Anthony. A Theology for Family Ministry. Nashville: B&H, 2011. 

Leading a Rites of Passage Ceremony for Your New Teenager

Q. What are ways to prepare something similar to a bar/bat mitzvah at home?

A. Read John 15:14–16.

Read pages 144–49: Hemphill, Ken and Richard Ross. Parenting with Kingdom Purpose. Nashville: B&H, 2005.

Q. How can I help my teenager embrace biblical manhood or womanhood?

A. Read John 15:7.

Read pages 87–89: Haynes, Brian. The Legacy Path. Nashville: Randall House, 2011.

Q. What is a good way of celebrating a passage to adulthood ceremony for my teenager?

A. Read 1 Corinthians 13:11.

Read page 88–89: Haynes, Brian. Shift: What It Takes to Finally Reach Families Today. Loveland, CO: Group Publishers, 2009.

Preparing Your Teenager to Defend the Faith

Q. How can I teach my child to follow Christ for the rest of her life?

A. Read Proverbs 22:6.

Read pages 92–95: Haynes, Brian. The Legacy Path. Nashville: Randall House, 2011.

Q. What are some of the central beliefs and principles of Christianity my child needs to learn?

A. Read Ephesians 6:1–4.

Packer, J. I. Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 1993.

Q. How can I teach systematic theology in simple language?

A. Read Psalm 119:130.

Read: Grudem, Wayne A. Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan 2005.            

Experiencing a Family Mission Trip

Q. How can I get my teenager involved in missions?

A. Read Matthew 28:18–20.

Read pages 150–56: Anthony, Michael and Michelle Anthony. A Theology for Family Ministry. Nashville: B&H, 2011.

Q. How can I release my child to be on mission?

A. Read Acts 1:8.

Read pages 124–30: Hemphill, Ken and Richard Ross. Parenting with Kingdom Purpose. Nashville: B&H, 2005.

Q. Should we release our children to change the world?

A. Read Genesis 12:1–3.

Read pages 231–46: St. Clair, Barry. Parent Fuel. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2007.