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Making time for family time

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In their study on Jesus-centered parenting in a child-centered world, J.D. Greear (pastor of Summit Church in Raleigh, NC) and his wife Veronica emphasize the biblical mandate to drive the gospel deep into the hearts of our children.


“And you shall teach them diligently...”
Deuteronomy 6:7


Based on Psalm 127, Ready to Launch plumbs the wisdom of the Bible about the goals of parenting, the stages of discipline, the role of the church, and strategies to shape the heart of your children toward the gospel.



"'Training a child up in the way he should go' must be done intentionally, with the mind and heart of God."  As a parent, you are to be the primary discipler of your children. They will look to you as an example of how to follow Christ.


“Driving the gospel deep” requires both formal and informal times of instruction and spiritual conversation. Even with the best of  intentions, families are so busy, that family time, church time and God time are often crowded out. Without a plan, more than likely we’ll come to the end of the day or week only to realize that we didn’t connect with our children on a spiritual level at all.

Whether your kids are school-aged or younger, the back-to-school season provides a great opportunity to examine your family's schedule and make any changes to make sure your family's time follows God's values and priorities.

Use this "Family Action Plan" to help you get started with creating a family calendar. 


Download the Family Action Plan



If you don't have a regular Sunday School class, John and Michelle Holbrook will be leading Ready to Launch  as part of a new class for couples with young children. The new class launches Sunday, August 14 and will meet at 8:45am.


Learn more 

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Truth: It's Back to School Time

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In a just a couple of weeks, the new school year begins! It is time to buy new shoes, get new school supplies, get school haircuts, and begin the school year daily routines.

Really, who can believe how fast the summer has flown by?

As you are preparing your kids with early bed times, finishing summer reading, organizing lunch menus, and all the last minute things, one of the most important things you can do is to begin praying over your children for their new school year.


" of the most important things you can do is to begin praying over your children for their new school year"


School brings stress and worries to families. Giving your kids' hearts and minds to God sets your family up for a successful school year. The year ahead may prove different from what you plan or expect, but choose now to trust that it will be just how God wants to grow your kids this year!


I found a really easy, great way to cover kids through prayer with scripture:

Choose a verse or passage that addresses a heart attitude, character trait or behavior you want to see your child grow in this year or ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to one. (I've provided some below to help get you started.) Write the verse out on a card with your child's name inserted in the verse, and post it where you'll see it often. Pray personalized scripture over your children starting now.


I would love to know how God works in the lives of your kids this school year. Your Children's Ministry leaders love your kids and are praying for you as you begin your new school year!

Truth: God has a great school year planned for your family!


Self Control: “Control yourselves. Be on your guard. Your enemy the devil is like a roaring lion. He prowls around looking for someone to chew up and swallow. Stand up to him. Stand firm in what you believe.” 1 Peter 5:8

Courage: “Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be terrified. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.” Joshua 1: 9

Help: “Does anyone believe in me? Then, just as Scripture says, streams of living water with flow from inside him. When he said this, he meant the Holy Spirit.” John 7:38-39a

Opportunities to do good: “So when we can do good to everyone, let us do it. Let us make a special point of doing to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10

Overcome evil: “Don’t let evil overcome you. Overcome evil by doing good.” Romans 12:21

Love God and others: “Jesus replied,’ love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love Him with all your mind. This is the first and most important commandment, And the second is like it. Love your neighbor as your love yourself.’” Matthew 22:38-39


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