D6 DNA: Grace-Based Approach

2013 D6 Conference


In this 32-minute breakout session from the 2013 D6 Dallas Conference, Tim Kimmel discusses how grace is the key to connecting the ministry that parents do at home with the ministry to children and students at church. Tim is author of Grace Based Parenting and Connecting Church and Home. He is founder and Executive Director of Family Matters, a ministry dedicated to seeing families transformed by God’s grace into instruments of reformation and restoration.


The family has always been God's chosen means of delivering His heart, love, mercy, and hope. Consider the way you minister to children and families. How does the way you minister reflect this reality?
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What are the major ways that fear-based parenting differs from grace-based parenting?
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Tim mentioned that some church programs unintentionally prop up fear-based and legalistic parenting methods. What are some ways that you've seen this happen?
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Tim's one sentence summary of family ministry and grace-based parenting:
"Treat your kids the way God treats His kids."

Romans 8:14-17 (ESV)

14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.15For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Ephesians 1:3-6 (ESV)

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


What does Scripture say about how God treats His adopted sons and daughters? How has God treated you?
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What, practically, does it look like to treat the children and students in your church ministries like God treats His children?
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What are some of the best ways to encourage parents to treat their children like God treats His children?
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The gospel is best leveraged in the lives of the young people when churches and families work together. Consider how you can better equip and serve families as they nurture and disciple their children at home.


For more resources, or information on how to attend next year's D6 Conference, visit their website, d6family.com.