“Parenting is the most important leadership position in the church…Parents lead the family, the smallest and most important cell in the local church.” –William Farley, Gospel-Powered Parenting (108)
Parenting can be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in life. Fathers and mothers have the primary responsibility to teach their children the gospel and to model a lifestyle for them to follow. But sin, temptation, conflict, busy-ness, and a million other things can make this responsibility feel difficult–if not impossible. Parents often feel overwhelmed as they try to shape their children.
So, as a church family, we try to provide help for parents through a variety of means:
Life Groups: We encourage all members and regular attenders of CCC to be connected in Christian community as part of a Life Group. It is in this context that the most consistent and intimate counsel can be offered by those who know you best.
Classes: In order to provide pro-active instruction and help for parents, we periodically offer classes that are aimed at equipping parents to lead their children in ways that are biblical and that point their children to Christ.
Counseling: At certain times, re-active counsel is needed. When parent-child relationships become especially volatile or when parents are pressed to a point of desperation, we encourage them to contact the church office or one of the pastors to set up a time to get together and process what is happening.
Tools: As regular rhythms in the life of our church, we try to provide parents of younger children with practical tools they can use to invest in their children. For example, we provide:
- A Children’s Bulletin each week for our Sunday services, which includes questions that parents can use to discuss the sermon’s passage with their children.
- A review card each Sunday morning that lets parents know what was talked about in our children’s classes, so they can have follow-up conversations with them about what they learned.
- A handout each Wednesday evening for families with children participating in Lost & Found, to track along with the material and keep up with memory verses that can be learned together
- A Family Life Blog that’s regularly updated with great articles and with digital versions of the resources listed above.
Pastor Marc Goodwin