Bringing Up the Next Generation

Yeah! It looks like Dr. Dobson will be finishing up the long awaited sequel “Bringing Up Girls” in 2009. We so appreciated his book on boys; it will be interesting to see what he has for the girls. In his monthly letter, he says when he wrote Boys eight years ago, he was convinced the boy issues in this century were of greater concern than girls. Since researching over the last few years, he can now say that girls today face every bit as much trouble as boys. Parenting in this generation demands home spiritual training. We can’t rely on the schools (even Christian ones), church, youth group, etc. to do it.

Interestingly, an article for pastors this month from the Focus Magazine goes hand in hand…

“We’re in a situation like Israel’s Judges 2:10. ‘After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord, nor what He had done for Israel.’ We may be facing a similar danger today if churches are not able to engage parents in the spiritual training of their children. Consider the following decline among each successive generation, noted by Thom Rainer in his book, The Bridger Generation:

Builder Generation (born 1927-1945) – 65% are evangelical Christians
Boomers (born 1946-1964) – 35% are evangelical Christians
Generation X (born 1965-1976) – 16% are evangelical Christians
Bridgers (born 1977-1994) – 4% estimated to be evangelical Christians

Pastors, this is the future of the church. It’s time to think not only about where your church will be in the next year or five years, but also where it’s going to be in 50 to 100 years. Start assessing how your church can better minister to families and influence their future for Christ. You have to do something different from what you’ve been doing if you want to see young people walk in the purpose & plans of God throughout their entire lives…

Pastors & church leaders have to start training their congregants to pass their faith to the next generation, creating a cycle of faith-building through the strongest relationships in the home… Your church’s role is to build families for Christ’s kingdom, to help marriages thrive and stay strong, to create mentoring relationships within the body, to train the adults so they can train their kids in the faith.

If pastors & churches start seeing their roles as a partner to families for the future faith of the youngest generations, then they can reverse the trend of declining faith in America. – Chris Abeyta, director of Church outreach at Focus on the Family

Amen!! My parents started preaching this years ago. We have got to train parents how to train up their children spiritually. The church has got to see it’s role as shepherding partners with the parents instead of parents thinking their children’s spiritual food will all come from the church. It doesn’t work that way.

Dobson finished his letter asking for prayer as he works to finish this latest book. Join me will you?

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PS – April 13, 2010 was the release of this book. For more info, go here.


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