While I would be the first to agree that actions speak louder than words, it is important to remember that words still really matter. And unfortunately, most parents don't have spiritual conversations with their children. Only 1 out of 8 students talk to their mom about their faith. For dads, that is even lower at 1 out of 20 kids that have regular faith talks.
Building a faith that lasts begins at home. We as parents must be intentional about creating conversations and safe spaces for our children to think and process as they talk. The goal of these times is not just to get our kids to agree that what we believe is best. We want to not just give our children answers, but we want them to learn how to figure out the right answers for themselves. The best way to do this is an old teaching trick that I encourage our student leaders to follow: never explain something to a student if you can ask a question instead.
One great starting point that you should be taking advantage of in this area is through Sunday School at Stetson Baptist Church. The church leadership has made a conscious decision to make sure that all Sunday School classes, from birth to senior adults are going through the same material and stories each week (at different levels for different ages of course). But the truth is, when you get in your car on Sunday afternoon after church, you have a starting point for some great spiritual conversations. Don’t miss out on those.
I am praying for you as you continue to fight the fight of passing on the faith. I pray that God would open your home to some great spiritual conversations this week!
*Sticky Faith: Everyday ideas to build lasting faith in your kids by Kara Powell and Chap Clark. If you are interested in some other ideas that were previously discussed, you can check out those blogs here and here.
Student Pastor at Stetson Baptist Church. Child of the Most High, Husband to Natalie, and Dad to Zach and Zoey. Lifelong Student, Outdoor Enthusiast, and Sweet Tea Connoisseur.