Practical Steps to Disciple Your Children

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For parents new to family discipleship, the task of nurturing their child’s faith at home can be overwhelming. Many times there is a gap between the desire to do family discipleship and the knowledge of how to do it. Watch as Timothy Paul Jones, Professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and family ministry expert, gives three practical ways that he disciples his children at home.




Timothy gave three practices that he uses to disciple his children:

  1. Engage each child in prayer every morning and evening 
  2. Lead weekly faith talks—remember, consistency matters more than quality
  3. Meet individually with each child once a week

Think about the morning and evening routine at your house. There are countless obstacles that can get in the way of consistent, daily prayer with your children. Some of these are situational (sickness, travel, sleeping in), others are obstacles that can arise from the condition of your heart (feelings of unworthiness, lack of desire, misplaced priorities). What obstacles are you most likely to face? How can you plan for and overcome these obstacles when they arise?
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Timothy, an expert in the field of family ministry, stated that his family faith talks are only successful about half of the time. What gives you encouragement to continue when your family faith talks don’t go well? What practical steps can you take to make sure you are consistently leading your family in faith discussions? (For example, put the dates/times on your calendar, keep the day/time consistent, or use a set curriculum)
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How often are you able to spend one-on-one time with each of your children? Is once a week a realistic expectation for you? Write a list of where you could take each of your children and what you might hope to gain from your time alone with them.
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Timothy gave practical examples of what he does to disciple his family. Be encouraged that, even as an expert author and teacher in the field, things don't always work out how he plans. As Timothy noted, consistency matters more than quality. Years down the road, your child may not necessarily remember any specific faith talk, one-on-one, or prayer time, but they will remember that week by week you were committed to discipling them toward a relationship with God.



For more information and resources from Timothy Paul Jones, visit his website, http://www.timothypauljones.com.