As parents of teenagers, navigating all the challenges that come our way can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. Discerning the right course of action in various situations is often difficult. Our teenagers don’t come with instruction manuals, and most of us haven’t received much training on how to guide them through this phase of life. This is especially true when it comes to leading our teenagers spiritually at home. My guess is you can relate.
Discipleship doesn’t start at church, camp, or in a Christian school, but it starts in your home. You are the primary spiritual leader for your teen, and they are taking their cues about faith and following Jesus from you. You have a unique and God-given bond with your teenager(s). Believe it or not, you are in the best position to understand their individual spiritual needs as they grow and mature into adulthood. This means you can tailor your discipleship approach to suit each teenager in your family, which can profoundly impact their spiritual life and trajectory. If you are willing to lean into and prioritize your role as the primary discipler of your teenager(s), you can foster a strong, positive, and lasting relationship with them based on trust, respect, love, and a faith that will stay with them for a lifetime.
This month’s resources will help you think through how you can better step into your role as the primary spiritual leader in your home. Each of the resources found in our Discipleship Starts At Home: Romans bundle is designed to provide you with a practical tool that you can use to lead spiritual exercises and conversations that will help your teenager(s) grow in their faith and position you to be the primary spiritual leader for your family. Each of the resources offers a different experience, and you can use one or multiple of them as you seek to help your teenager(s) grow into true disciples of Jesus.
In the hustle of our daily lives, juggling work, family commitments, personal, and social engagements can make finding time to guide our teenagers in a positive direction challenging. We can guide them in their day-to-day lives, but doing more than that is exhausting. Let’s be honest – amid the busyness, we often neglect the crucial aspects of leading our teens spiritually. We find ourselves navigating unfamiliar situations while watching our teens undergo significant changes right before our eyes. Keeping up with it all can be overwhelming!
Adding to the complexity, we may feel unprepared to engage in the necessary spiritual conversations. Due to our own uncertainties about our spiritual journey, we tend to avoid discussions that might dive into deep waters where we lack clear answers. As our teens grow older, conversations become more intricate and challenging, and we may hesitate to step into the role of a spiritual guide.
This month’s Online Parenting Class aims to inspire you to carve out time and discover tools to foster your own spiritual growth and find resources to empower you to lead your teenagers towards a flourishing and vibrant faith. The video offers encouragement and practical ideas, motivating you to take on the role of a spiritual leader in a way that benefits you, your children, and your family.