Help your child stay in church
    June 17 2014 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    The Word of God admonishes parents in Proverbs 22:6 and Deuteronomy 11:22 to prepare their children for life by training them to obey God’s commands and to walk in His ways. Parents should begin this process of discipleship when children are young and impressionable and continue this spiritual training until their children are grown and move away from home.
    According to an article written by Mark Kelly of LifeWay Christian Resources, “Teens who at age 17 have parents as authentic examples of Christian faith – proactive and consistent in living out their faith – are more likely to keep attending (church) as young adults.” The article also states that 20 percent more of those who continued attending church indicated they had parents or family members who invested in them by discussing spiritual things, giving spiritual guidance and praying with them.
    Family vacations can provide opportunities to invest spiritually in your children with some meaningful evangelism and discipleship conversations. I encourage you take a family vacation this summer and enjoy hanging out with your children and grandchildren in a more relaxed setting. Do fun things together! This is a great way to strengthen family relationships and create memories to be enjoyed in future years.
    You may have a child or grandchild leaving home this fall to attend their first semester in college. What are the most important topics you need to discuss with them as you prepare to send them into an environment that is completely different from what they have known in their home and church community? Have you prepared them to expect a different life environment? What are some foundational Christian truths this individual needs to be grounded in before they leave your home? The next few weeks will provide some final opportunities for you to have some important conversations with this young college student. Be a responsible parent or grandparent and make the best of this opportunity.
    Encourage your freshman to connect with the local Baptist Campus Ministry representative at their new school. It is very important that you help your student locate a good church near their college campus and become actively involved. Research indicates that approximately 85 percent of students who leave home to attend college never return to church – I think this occurs in many cases because students often lose contact with a local church during this time in their lives. Even great para-church ministries on campus are not an acceptable substitute for a church life with a local body of believers. Consider doing some research on the Internet about churches in the area or contact the Baptist State Convention to help your student find some churches to visit. It is important that they get involved in a local church during their college years and that you do everything you can to help your child remain in church!

    6/17/2014 10:10:35 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
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