Here at Grace Community Church our belief is that a healthy Children’s Ministry joins forces with parents in order to make a greater impact in the lives’ of our kids. In fact, we believe that parents are the MOST IMPORTANT spiritual leaders in a kid’s life, not the church.
To most this may sound intimidating because we look at our own lives as parents and are bombarded by the realization of our imperfections. But I say it is our imperfections and struggles within our “faith walk” that will enable each of us, as parents, to make an amazing difference in the way our kids relate to God.
Here is why:
1. Nothing else is more powerful to a child than watching parents overcome difficulties. In this context they will see, first hand, the power of the Holy Spirit working in the life of their hero, you.
2. Your struggles and imperfections can lead to some neat and memorable conversations as you and your child talk about each others’ faith walk. These conversations will stick in your child’s mind and shape his or her spiritual life more than a 100 Sundays at church.
3. Your imperfections will help you relate to what your kids will go through in life. Even as you mature in your own walk and overcome struggles, hold on to the memories of what it was like before so that what God has done can still be used to help your children as they face hard decisions and recover from bad choices.
Being able to show your children that you are imperfect but yet have a God who loves you like crazy is the greatest lesson you can ever teach to your child. So, to be imperfect and to have struggles in your faith walk leads to the greatest spiritual parenting possible. Simply own your lack of faith, lack of knowledge, and whatever else holds you back from claiming your role as the MOST IMPORTANT spiritual leader in your kid’s life, and then move forward knowing that God is in control and can use you right where you are.