Grandparents Are Important To Their Grandkids
Grandparents Are In A Unique Position of Influence
Grandparents Have A Biblical Mandate
Grandparents are incredibly important to their grandkids.
Grandparents are uniquely positioned to spiritually influence their grandkids.
Grandparents have a Biblical mandate to do so.
Most Christians agree with these statements about grandparents, but so little is being done to challenge and equip this huge group — 30 million strong — of potential influencers.
Yes, the grandparenting relationship has incredible potential for discipleship, but it is unrecognized and under-resourced. For example, many churches have a family ministry, which focuses on parenting, but nothing on grandparenting. And grandparenting is too often associated with a seniors ministry, which results in younger grandparents being overlooked and ignored. Resource providers, like speakers, authors, and Christian ministry organizations, largely neglect this audience as well. Finally, Christian grandparents themselves get caught up in a “retirement culture” that pushes them to pursue their own pleasure rather than invest in their grandchildren.
The gap between what is and what ought to be is enormous.
Why We Exist
A Great Need
A New Course
What We Do
STARTING A LEGACY GRANDPARENTING MINISTRY IN YOUR CHURCH
Here are six steps to successfully launching an effective grandparenting ministry in your church. Let us know how we can help you each step along the way. And register your ministry information with us to get valuable resources and share with others to strengthen us all.
STEP 1: CORE GROUP.
A team of key leaders in the congregation is established that will be committed to launching a grandparenting ministry in the church.
STEP 2: PASTOR OWNER.
A pastor will take responsibility for this ministry launch; in other words, it becomes part of his job description.
STEP 3: VISION EVENT.
The church will schedule and hold a seminar, class, small group, or whatever fits the culture of the local church—whose purpose is to cast vision for spiritually intentional grandparenting.
STEP 4: HABIT CHANGE.
A regular focus on grandparenting is infused into the life of the church (habit change): maybe through a prayer time in the adult classes, maybe through a newsletter, or some other practical method.
STEP 5: EQUIPPING OPPORTUNITIES.
On a repeating basis – from once a quarter to once a year, fellowship and learning opportunities will be created that will practically equip grandparents and remind them of the vision.
STEP 6: A GRAND ACTIVITY.
The church will hold a special event for grandparents and grandchildren—maybe a fun day of activities, maybe a weekend camp.