David Kidd and I are headed out tomorrow to the Children's Desiring God National Conference. Please pray for us as we go and learn about children's ministy. Check back here for live blogs (or summaries--depending on WiFi access) of the sessions. This is the theme of the conference: As we understand all of life as it relates to God at the center, we will be more equipped to orient children to the centrality of God. Plenary speakers include John Piper, Paul David Tripp, Bruce Ware and David Michael. In addition, a number of diverse and experienced seminar leaders will provide practical help and encouragement for parents, teachers, leaders, and all who are invested in ministry to children and youth. I'm particularly excited about hanging out with Tim Jones (who is leading a seminar on family ministry) and Catherine McKenzie (who works for our friends at Christian Focus publishing).
“Pastoral Parenting,” part 4 Adapted from “Pastoral Parenting” by Mark Driscoll in Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter, a study guide. (Mars Hill Church, 2009).
While every Christian parent would likely agree with these principles of pastoral parenting, most would also admit they struggle to know how to make this happen practically. So, as a pastor and a daddy, I hope to be of some help.
First, I would encourage all Christian parents to pray to God that the Holy Spirit would give them an ongoing commitment to pastor their own children in love.
Second, I would encourage all Christian parents to continually read good books that help shape a biblical view of parenting. Parents of teens will be well served by Paul Tripp’s book Age of Opportunity (available at the Sojourn book table).
Third, it is important for Christian families to have friendships with other Christian families so that there is mutual learning about God, marriage, parenting, and the like in community. Getting plugged into a church community group and pursuing friendships with other Christian families is vital.
Fourth, the key is to simply develop biblical habits with your children, such as praying, reading Scripture, and attending church together.