5 Stars Out Of 5
Inspirational and Biblical Teaching for Parents
May 3, 2011
Over the past several weeks I have been leading our community group through the Spiritual Parenting DVD curriculum. Spiritual Parenting presents a unique approach to moms and dads embracing their Biblical role to champion the spiritual formation of their children. The series is led by Dr. Michelle Anthony. A former professor at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology, Dr. Anthony has written over a dozen resources for Christian Education and Family / Youth Ministries. She is also the Family Ministry Architect for David C. Cook after serving as Pastor of Family Ministries at ROCKHARBOR Church in Costa Mesa, California. Michelle and her husband, Michael, have two children and live in Orange County, California. With brilliance and inspiration, Dr. Anthony unpacks Spiritual Parenting in 6 jam-packed, two-hour lessons:
* Session 1: Awakening to Spiritual Parenting
* Session 2: Environments for Cultivating Faith and Storytelling
* Session 3: Identity and Faith Community
* Session 4: Service and Out of the Comfort Zone
* Session 5: Responsibility and Course Correction
* Session 6: Love and Respect, Knowing, and Modeling
Check out the trailer for the series
I love the theological underpinnings of this series. In Spiritual Parenting, you're not learning step-by-step instructions for how to make your child love God. Instead, you are discovering the environments in Scripture that you can take advantage of to see your children grow in their relationship with Christ and take their place in the story He is telling. Expect to open your Bibles and learn about the original meaning of words like "faith" and "disciple."
Here's some of the responses from my community group:
I want more!
This teaching resonates with what I know about God.
When Michelle presented the Big God Story, it made me want to read the entire Bible cover to cover for the first time. I've never heard it that way before.
One vital note for children's and family ministry leaders:
In Session 2, Michelle Anthony presents the entire story of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation in under 20 minutes. If you're in children's ministry, capturing the "Big God Story" in this manner would be a powerful storytelling tool to have in your arsenal. I plan on committing this to memory. You'll find the script Michelle uses in the book, Spiritual Parenting.
I definitely recommend investing in this series. It will give the families in your ministry context a robust theological foundation to fulfill their God-given call to teach their children to walk in the way of Jesus.