The home: A sphere for disciple-makingby Mark Smith, Faith at Home
Many families have schedules that are always gaining momentum. In today’s fast-paced world, some parents feel they do well just to keep food on the table and clothes on their children’s backs.
In the midst of life’s busyness, how can parents find time to disciple their children? Additionally, how can pastors, church staff and ministry leaders come alongside families to equip them in this endeavor?
The Old Testament book of Deuteronomy offers some practical guidance to help moms and dads be disciple-makers of their children in the natural rhythms of their busy lives.
What do these rhythms look like? Deuteronomy 6:7 describes them as when you sit at home, travel down the road, lie down and rise up.
Homes can be changed in extraordinary ways when families intentionally apply this approach to the children that God has entrusted to them.
Our homes, our churches and our world are three spheres of influence where the Lord has sovereignly placed us, and these are three arenas where God has also called us to make disciples.
That’s why “Home. Church. World.” is the theme of the 2018 Disciple-Making Conference, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Center Grove Baptist Church in Clemmons. This year’s conference features more than 40 equipping session options that are focused on making disciples in our homes, churches and world.
Two of the equipping session offerings will focus on equipping pastors, church staff and ministry leaders to partner with parents and grandparents to help them become the primary disciple-makers in the home.
In “D6 Parenting in the Busyness of Life,” attendees will discover practical ways to help moms and dads be disciple-makers of their children in the natural rhythm of their busy lives.
In “Faith at Home Focus in Every Ministry,” church leaders will learn how to integrate the “Faith at Home” approach into every existing ministry at their church. As churches align all of their ministries with the strategy found in Deuteronomy 4 and 6, they will be able to equip parents and grandparents in new ways to be disciple-makers of their children and grandchildren in the natural rhythms of daily life.
In addition to these and other equipping sessions, Matt Carter, pastor of preaching and vision a The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, will serve as the keynote speaker.
“We are constantly reminding our people that all of Christian life is one of mission, and God has sovereignly placed us in our homes, churches and spheres of influence to make disciples,” Carter said in this Q&A interview.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To learn more or register for the 2018 Disciple-Making Conference, visit disciplenc.org. Registration fee is $10 per person and includes conference materials and lunch.