There is so much that could be shared from the first-ever Legacy Grandparenting Summit, but one essential thing I must share is Larry Fowler’s Christian Grandparenting Declaration. Larry challenged us with this the first general session of the Summit (November 15, 2016). Pastors, is this not how you want the grandparents in your church to see their roles? Click here to watch this video.
Below is the entire text (edited slightly). Yes, it is on the long side, but every bit of it matters, because intentional Christian grandparenting matters. Please share this with the grandparents you know and the other leaders in your church!
The Intentional Christian Grandparent Declaration
I am a grandparent and this is my declaration. Yes, I am a grandparent, but I am more than a grandparent. I am a Christian grandparent.
I believe the Bible and the God of the Bible.
I’ve received the grace of the Gospel of the Christ of the Bible and I desire to be a life-long devoted disciple.
I want my grandchildren to do the same!
Yes, I am a Christian grandparent, but I am more than that. I am an intentional Christian grandparent and this is my declaration.
I love my grandkids, so I will hold them when they’re born, I will cuddle them when they are one, chase them when they are two, read to them when they are three, play with them when they are four and laugh at their jokes when they are five. I’ll support them, exhort them, cheer them, revere them, I’ll praise them; even help raise them. I will be there for them, but that’s not enough! As an intentional Christian grandparent, I will do more.
I will pass on my faith, but my vision is beyond that. I will perpetuate my faith, therefore; I will teach two generations. But, I will not only teach two generations, I will think four generations.
I will ponder what kind of grandparent must I be, so my grandchild becomes one like me then his carries on the legacy.
Yes, I am an intentional Christian grandparent.
Culture says, “Retire and go play.” I say; “No thanks. I’ll pray!”
Culture says; “Pursue affluence.” I say; “I’ll pursue influence.”
Culture says; “You’re old, you did your time.” I say; “Not so! I’m in my prime.”
Culture says about the young generation; “You can’t relate.” I say; “Ain’t true. My influence is great!”
I know my grandchildren need me, but from me they need Godly wisdom, my Christ-like example, my faith stories, my earnest prayers, my uninterrupted time, my unconditional love and my God-authorized blessing.
So, what is intentional Christian grandparenting? Let me spell it out for you. It means I will…
Guide grandkids with grace.
Respect parent roles.
Abound in my affection.
Nurture their nature.
Deal with the dilemma of distance.
Pray with passion and purpose.
Adjust my attitude, in case I need to…
Excel in my example.
Number my days.
Tell them my testimony.
Never neglect the newest generation. And, most importantly…
Give them the Gospel!
I am an Intentional Christian Grandparent and this is my declaration!
Imagine what your Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry and Family Ministry could look like if this declaration was embraced by the grandparents in your church and reflected their heart for passing on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren?
Commit to equipping and engaging the grandparents in your church so they are Intentional Christian Grandparents, because grandparenting matters!
Lynda has three sweet rascal grandsons who make her heart happy! She is the author of Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love, It Is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren and Science, the Bible & Fun – a curriculum with 52 weeks of Bible learning and fun for grandparents and grandchildren. She also writes the blog, grandma’s cookie jar. Lynda is a Senior Writer and Editor for the Legacy Coalition.