The Parenting for Faith Course
22 February @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The goal of this course is to help parents and carers discover that they are perfectly positioned to show their children the reality of a life with God and to empower them to have their own vibrant two-way relationship with him.
The topics covered by this course are:
Week 1: Positioned for Influence
As parents, we are perfectly positioned and perfectly equipped to daily and easily show our child the reality of a day-to-day life with God. God has shared with us in the Bible a simple plan for us to encourage our children into a vibrant, two-way relationship with God.
Week 2: Making Sense of Life
As parents and carers, one of the most powerful things we do is to help our children and teens make sense of the world so they can engage well with it. We give them a framework for navigating life. They need a spiritual framework, too, so they can learn to understand the world with God’s truth all over it.
Week 3: Unwinding Wrong Views
We can be so keen to help our children connect with God that we forget that they have to want to connect with him. No matter how equipped they are to connect, many choose not to because they find him unlikeable or unappealing. There are five common views of God that children can create in their heads which cause a disconnect. In this session, we’ll think about how we can accidentally contribute to these views and how we can proactively unwind them.
Week 4: Conversational Prayer – Chat
We can all struggle with prayer – and so can our children. Over the next two sessions, we will be looking at releasing our children into a two-way conversation of sharing life with God and him sharing back. ‘Chat’ is the first stage of that conversation and this session will equip you to introduce your child to chat.
Week 5: Conversational Prayer – Catch
Helping our children to hear God’s voice is one of the most precious gifts we can give them. Jesus’ death and resurrection not only bought us the ability to talk to God personally but also bought us the ability to hear his voice clearly and confidently. ‘Catch’ is just a way of showing children how to be prepared and expectant with their whole bodies to receive God’s communication.
Week 6: Surfing the Waves
So far we’ve discussed some important principles about how to parent for faith, but as with any part of parenting, it’s a job for life! So how do we continue to disciple our child on this journey? In this session, we will learn about a simple six-stage model that will enable you to proactively disciple your child whether they are 4, 14 or 40, and how, as our children’s spiritual lives come in waves, we can jump on board to disciple our children in any season of life.
Week 7: Prayer Ministry for Children
Sometimes our children need a bit of help connecting with God. This could be because they are having a hard day or because they are struggling to connect. Sometimes they just need someone alongside them. On those days, we as parents can help our children meet with God face-to-face. In this session, we will be looking at a simple model of prayer ministry designed for use with children and teens to ensure we keep our high-priest hats off and our coach heads on, and we will be giving it a go ourselves.
Week 8: Helping Children Connect with Church
For most Christians, getting our children to church and hoping they love it occupies a large part of our brains! But our kids don’t always enjoy church and often don’t want to be there, and we can feel powerless to help them engage. In this session, we will look at how we can help our children grow in the biblical values of what church is and their place in it, so they feel connected, powerful and loved in their communities.