Recently I have had a few parents come to me after our confirmation classes at St. peters and thank me for making them talk with their children about faith. Parents have the most influence in shaping kids spiritual life. They have 7 times the amount of time with them each week. I know I have missed opportunities to help families do the thing God has called them to do which is pass on faith. We are part of the family team. We should be a part of helping students grow in faith. The more important thing to do is spend far more time with people who can have the most influence on the young people who we are serving.
This week I received one of the best and slightly shocking compliments I have gotten in ministry. A mom came to me this week and said thanks for making her talk with her son about faith. I was a little shocked but almost did the imaginary fist bump in the air. She said they are using the model I taught them in confirmation at home during the week. Not every night but that pattern has been great for them. She said I never really talked with my kids about God in a direct way and she really appreciated the helpful nudge through confirmation.
I was blown away. This year we made a tweak to confirmation, I thought it would be better for all involved I just didn’t know it would have such a profound impact on families. For our confirmation classes we have added and extra 30 minutes for parents to sit with their child and share three things; Highs and lows for the week, questions based on the topic for the week, and most importantly how can we use this information during our daily lives. It is a requirement I thought would be good for families. I just didn’t know how much of an impact.
Parents and kids have been blown away by this simple questions. It has helped parents share about how they see Jesus. It has helped students share with parents all the things they have questions about, and how they are living out their faith. It has truly been profound.
So my question for all of us is how are you helping families pass on faith. How can we share simple things for parents to disciple their children in Christ. This simple thing is having profound effect in my ministry. How about you?