To train parents and grandparents to recognize their challenging callings as ministers in their own family.
Session 1: Introduction to Course 1
This session probes how important the ministries of parents and grandparents is to our society and to our churches. It wonders why there is not more emphasis on this. It reveals how family leaders no longer have the influence they once had on their children and that this has left young people much more vulnerable to evildoers.
Session 2: Wolves
This session reveals the competition parents and grandparents have. Other people are targeting their offspring just as wolves target their prey. Some of the wolves are revealed here to help us see the varied dangers they put young people in. Family leaders must take seriously the threat this poses for their loved ones.
Session 3: Sheep
To discover the necessary wise skills God has provided so their offspring can be equipped to avoid being entrapped, addicted and/or harmed or broken down.
Session 4: Shepherds
- Recognizing how important we parents and grandparents are in meeting the many needs a child has in getting through all that child’s growing up years.
- To ask ourselves to courageously confront the challenges both we and our offspring face as we live in this world.
- To point out what we have discovered in God’s word that helps us deal with life’s realities and pass that on to our offspring.
Session 5: What is Expected of a Congregation
To lay before a congregation the possibility of exploring a new frontier as a way of involving all its lay members more fully in the dynamic rhythms of the congregation’s life. The early church finally came to look at what it was all the members were faced with in their lives. This showed them the need to be training and equipping them.
Session 6: What Does God Expect of Parents and Grandparents?
- To clarify Biblical teachings on what God wants a parent and grandparent to be about.
- To identify Bible passages which spell this out.
- To help family leaders see the importance of what they are or could be doing as instruments of impacting future generations
Session 7: Ministry of a Wife and Husband
The core of what happens in the lives of children and the life of a congregation is based on what is going on between husbands and wives. Therefore this lesson seeks to define in a more pronounced Christian way what is involved in healthy marriage relationships.
Session 8: Father’s
We need Christian fathers to realize how important they are, what they provide and what their challenges are. It is vital that this often overlooked emphasis on the leadership God has them give needs to be addressed and discussed. Fathers make a big difference, positive or negative.
Session 9: Mother’s Ministries
The role of a Christian mother for her family is often taken for granted or underestimated. This sessions seeks to bring truth to bear on what a mother’s value for her family actually is. God has given us mothers for a reason.
Session 10: Children’s Ministry
This session asserts that children have a ministry of their own. What is involved when it is commanded that children are to obey and honor their parent(s). When they come to see how the Gospel and God’s promise is connected to that. Also, what they bring to a family.
Session 11: Ministry of Grandparents
What God expects of grandparents is often overlooked or minimized. This session seeks to declare what it is grandparents are to provide in passing on the faith, in being there for their grandchildren and in so doing impact future generations.