WHY DOES GRANDPARENTING MATTER?
Being a grandparent is an amazing blessing. It also is a God-given opportunity to directly influence future generations. As grandparents, we have a natural connection to our grandkids. We enjoy a special relationship. We often plan fun outings and activities as well as just "hanging out". How can we use that time to build up our grandkids' faith and equip them to live as Christians in our culture?
Become intentional CHRISTIAN grandparents!!
The purpose of this seminar is to provide you with the strategies, tools and resources to do it!
GRANDPARENTS ARE IMPORTANT TO THEIR GRANDKIDS
Children are drawn to their grandparents. They see them differently than anyone else in their lives. They often are engaged in activities together where there is time and opportunity for deeper conversations. Grandchildren listen to their grandparents, sometimes even when parents are struggling to get through. This relationship provides an opportunity like no other to pass on our faith and help them take it on as their own. As grandparents, we must be ready to seize these opportunities when they arise.
GRANDPARENTS ARE IN A UNIQUE POSITION OF INFLUENCE
Grandparents are viewed by their grandchildren as being wise, fun, non-threatening and fully dedicated to them. They know instinctively that Grandma and Grandpa love them so much and really care. Their minds are open to what we have to say and their hearts are soft. What an incredible position we are in to be able to influence their thinking about life, relationships, how to deal with the problems they face and, most importantly, their spiritual walk. Being intentional about building those relationships and imparting that wisdom is critical.
GRANDPARENTS HAVE A BIBLICAL MANDATE
The Bible clearly states that we are to pass on our faith to our grandkids and even to their kids! Deuteronomy 4:9 commands: ". . . Do not forget the things you have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them."
Psalm 78:2-6 encourages us to ". . . speak about things we have heard and known and that our fathers have passed down to us. We will not hide them from our children, but will tell a future generation the praiseworthy acts of the LORD, his might, and the wondrous works he has performed . . . he commanded our fathers to teach (our faith) to their children that a future generation -- children yet to be born might know."
What an incredible opportunity we have as grandparents to impact the world for Him simply by intentionally passing on the words and the stories we have been blessed to receive.