Training Category: Shepherding Ministry
God has given parents the primary responsibility for the spiritual nurturing of children (Deut. 6:4-9; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4). The Church assists parents in this responsibility but parents are the ones to shepherd their children.
Resource: Shepherding a Child’s Heart Curriculum (link goes to an affiliate store)
What does parents’ role of shepherding their children look like when they take it seriously?
1) Parents who shepherd their children get beyond simply providing for physical needs to their emotional and social well-being but also providing for the nurture of their souls, for their spiritual well-being.
2) Parents shepherding their children work at protecting them from bad people or physical harm but also protecting them from the Evil One and a world view that leaves out God.
3) Parents who shepherd don’t focus primarily on children’s behavior but focus primary on their heart.
Resource: Parenting is Heart Work Church Kit (link goes to an affiliate store)
4) Parents who are shepherds move beyond merely telling children what they should do to showing them how through their own example.
The Shepherding Ministry Manual includes some information about parenting as a shepherding ministry venue. The above points are included in it.