Written by David Wheeler
You may be aware that the Legacy Coalition has a Pastor’s Division. (That’s a fancy title for a “speaker’s bureau.”) So, why does the Coalition need a Pastor’s Division?
If you’ve been around any Legacy Coalition person or event recently, you’ve heard some version of this statement: “Many grandparents are missing important opportunities to pass on their faith to their grandchildren. At Legacy Coalition, we help grandparents grow in their biblical role through our resources and events, so they can have a greater spiritual impact on their family.”
That passion and vision is a strong motivating factor for us. For five years, God has been expanding the outreach of the Legacy Coalition in amazing ways as we strive to harness the world-changing impact of 30 million Christian grandparents. It’s been a joy to watch grandparents, churches, and pastors as they have awakened to the vital responsibilities of intentional Christian grandparenting.
However, we have often hit a snag. We noticed it especially as we would work with host churches to promote the wonderful “Grandparenting Matters” weekend seminars. The snag was this: when many Christian grandparents would see the publicity, their automatic response would be, “Oh, I don’t need to go to that. I’m an awesome grandparent. I’m doing fine.”
And most of the time, they were doing fine… at least, as far as the popular culture was concerned. They babysat grandkids if they lived nearby, they played with them and snuck snacks to them, they attended the grandkids’ ballgames and dance recitals, etc. In many cases, they even took their grandkids to church or drove them to Vacation Bible School in the summer. So… ”who needs a grandparenting seminar?” they thought.
However, many of these loving grandparents had never given serious thought to being “ambassadors for Christ” in the lives of their grandkids. Unless someone opened their eyes, they were going to miss a very important opportunity to attend the Seminar and be informed, motivated and equipped.
Thus, the Pastor’s Division was created. Several godly and effective pastors/communicators from across the country have been recruited and trained for this team. All of us are intentional grandparents, and many are in their season of retirement. We meet regularly on Zoom for continued training, motivation, and fellowship. This is a fun group of guys!
One of our goals is that a church that is hosting a Grandparenting Matters seminar, or that plans to take a group to a nearby seminar, will invite one of the members of the Pastor’s Division to come preach on a Sunday a few weeks ahead of the event. Each of the Legacy pastors have prepared delightful and engaging sermons addressing the biblical mission of intentional Christian grandparenting.
As they present their message, we pray that the grandparents in the congregation will have an “Aha!” moment: “So that’s what the seminar is about! Shucks, I don’t know much about being an intentional grandparent. I better get registered for that seminar right away.”
But the purpose of the Pastor’s Division goes way beyond simply promoting the Grandparenting Matters seminar.
- Many churches look for a special way of celebrating Grandparent’s Sunday each September. The Pastor’s Division could be a part of that.
- Many Christian camps host an annual Senior Saints day. One of the Legacy pastors could be the primary speaker for that event.
- If a congregation is just awakening to this national intentional grandparenting movement, the preacher may be intimidated by the prospect of preaching a sermon addressing the topic, especially if he is young or not yet a grandparent. That would be a great time to invite one of the Legacy pastors to visit and preach.
You get the idea! The pastors on this team are eager to spread the word about God’s plan to use grandparents to enlarge His kingdom. They may be called a “Division”, but they share powerful unity in their desire to serve the body of Christ in this unique ministry calling.
We know that as churches begin to re-open, local pastors are “chomping at the bit” to get back into their pulpits. That’s very understandable. But please give consideration to inviting a guest Legacy pastor to share with your congregation soon. God is up to something! We want you and your congregations to be a part of it.
A friend just sent me this quote: “We have to start thinking about the kind of world we will leave behind for Betty White when we are all gone.” That’s funny! But considering the spiritual legacy we will leave to our grandkids and succeeding generations is serious business.
If you’d like more information about the Pastor’s Division, please contact George Posthumus at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to explore the possibility of hosting a Grandparenting Matters seminar in your area, please contact Brenda Pietzman at email@example.com
Or, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will soon be contacted.