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Here are 13 easy ways you can equip parents to lead their children spiritually at home, every day, right now.

Parents need simple, quick faith-builders that’ll make an impact on their children. You can give parents the tools and the time to foster spirituality in their children’s lives by passing on these 13 easy methods that put Jesus in the forefront.

1. Get the Word Out  Any time you find a helpful article or idea, attach this note to a copy of it: “Thanks for sharing your child with us. We know the spiritual welfare of your child is very important to you. Attached are simple ideas you can use with your child at home. If we can help in any way, please let us know.” (You may need to contact the article’s publisher or author to get permission to reprint.)

2. Ask Me Create stickers kids can wear home that say, “Ask me what I did today at church!” Encourage parents to ask their kids about the lessons, activities, and crafts they did during class.

3. Mealtime Prayers Many parents race through fast-food windows to keep their kids’ bellies from grumbling on the go. Encourage parents to make a habit of thanking God for meals no matter where they’re eating–even in the car. Kids and parents can take turns saying a special prayer of thanks wherever they are.

4. Hello and Goodbye Equip parents with a craft kit to make a cross. Have them hang the cross near their front door where it’s clearly visible. As parents and children leave and enter their homes, they’ll be reminded to say a prayer of thanks for Jesus’ sacrifice.

5. The After-Church Report Encourage families to begin a new after-church tradition. On the way home, family members will take turns telling one thing they learned at church that day, one thing they enjoyed, and one thing they didn’t understand or want to learn more about. This new tradition will help solidify lessons learned, give parents the opportunity to answer their kids’ questions, and give families a chance to find out what everyone is experiencing at church. (Consider using a curriculum like Group’s FaithWeaver Now that keeps all ages learning the same Scripture and Bible point to equip parents to really keep faith growing at home.)

6. “Fortunate” Cookie Recipe Give parents a simple, laminated recipe card for cookies they can make with their children. Attach a tube of icing to each card and include this note: “Each time you make these cookies with your family, use the icing to write one thing you’re all thankful for on your cookies. Pray together, thanking God for his care and generosity.”

7. Prayer Package Create a family devotion basket kids can take turns taking home each week. Collect or write enough family devotions for families to do one or two daily for a week. Alternate the devotions when every child has taken home the basket, and include seasonal and holiday devotions when possible.

8. Good News Design a send-home newsletter each week for kids to share with their families. Include a review of the lessons you’ve taught, extension activities for families, and resources for faith-building. Or consider the Parenting Christian Kids newsletter. This 100% customizable newsletter will help you—and parents—build faith at home. With incredible content for parents and a fun, modern design, this newsletter will positively impact the families in your ministry.

9. One Book, One Church Start a reading project in your children’s ministry. Have your volunteers and ministers select a book monthly for all the families in your ministry to read at the same time. Then bring the families together in discussion groups, online chat rooms, or special presentations by the book’s author. (See further details below.)

10. The Greatest Gift Give each family in your ministry a family-friendly Bible and a yearlong calendar plan to read different selections from their Bible. A great Bible that includes devotions, fun facts, and other activities is the Hands-On Bible (Group).

11. Make a Point Publish a weekly “Lesson Point” in your church bulletin that explains what kids are learning in your children’s ministry. Encourage parents to discuss the point with their kids.

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12. Extend the Lesson Go high-tech and create an online page where parents can access “Lesson Extenders” to use during the week that help drive home your classroom lesson and give families opportunities to learn together.

13. Family Book Clubs Monthly reading clubs such as a “One Book, One Church” program are a great way to equip parents and spice up your children’s ministry. You may want to select several books so kids of all ages can participate. Here are tips to get you started.

Volunteers’ Choice Volunteers vote on a selection of books each month, or the “volunteer of the month” gets to select the book.

Kids’ Choice Each month, kids cast their vote on the book they want to read. You can alternate this with “Parent’s Choice,” “Sister’s Choice,” and “Brother’s Choice” months.

Best Sellers Choose the book based on the best-sellers list. Bestsellers’ Lists:

New York Times Bestsellers List

Children’s Literature Web Guide Bestselling Children’s Books

• Classics Have people nominate their all-time favorite tome in one sentence. Then choose one of those books each month.

There are tons of wonderful Christian books for families. Our recommended books offer strong biblical lessons and wonderful writing. They also reinforce Christian beliefs. But keep in mind that many secular books also offer strong moral messages that can easily be incorporated into your lessons. You may be surprised by the way families make their own biblical connections to secular stories, so don’t shy away from choosing mainstream books–just carefully screen each book beforehand.

Publicize the book club throughout your congregation. Emphasize that it’s open to everyone, not just those with children. Bookworms are everywhere, and some of your seniors and singles may want to get involved as discussion-group leaders and organizers–publicize in your bulletin, newsletters, on posters, and from the pulpit.

For more great ways to equip parents like this, subscribe today to the customizable Parenting Christian Kids newsletter.

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  1. If traditional teaching with updated modern curriculum given to church affiliated children is so popular, why is that 80% of church raise kids in the western world leave their Christian roots by the time they reach adulthood? Does regular children’s church attendance turn them into dedicated young disciples by some kind of osmosis, or is that Christian education can only teach youngsters to know about God? Over the years I have proved that knowing about God and giving the right answers to the questions doesn’t change lives. It may change behavior for a while, until the youngsters become affected by the spirit of the world and unsaved friends, especially when they reach their teens. Our children need to know God in a very intimate way. When scriptures talks about (knowing) God it uses the same route word used in Genesis, “Adam (knew) his wife Eve ad she conceived. If children only know about God their spiritual life will be sterile, but if they know God they will become fruit bearers and true disciples. In fact, they will reproduce spiritual children after their own kind. But to do this, they must know God by having an encounter with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. This brings a lasting reality of God’s presence and a deep relationship with Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. If children don’t have a sense of “Divine Destiny” they won’t make it, even if they remain good kids. They must be God’s kids. I have taught children, teens, parents, and those that work with children and teens even including nursery workers, for more than 40 years. It’s never too soon to capture the hearts of children for the Lord. I blesses my heart when young women come to me and say, I gave my heart to the Lord in your meetings when I was nine and now you have just done the same of my daughter. Even years later, the daughters of the mothers come and say you have now done the same for my sons and daughters. Generation Blessings. Remember Satan is out to destroy the godly seed, so having church as usual is not going to stop him. There is lots more I could say, but I don’t want to preach a sermon. By the way, before many of you were around, I taught at two of your children’s pastors conferences. My website is due for updating it’s been neglected.

    • Christine Yount Jones
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      David, we’d love to talk with you more about your insights and perspective. We’ll email you! We agree wholeheartedly that there’s a huge difference between knowing God and knowing about God. Thank you!

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