Family and Friends,

Parenting is a complex process of training a child in the way they should go (Prov 22:6). It is a vocation given to us by God, through which we have a uniquely intimate opportunity to influence our child’s life. God undoubtedly shapes us through the experience of parenting as well!

When children are young, they tend to regard their parents as trustworthy sources of truth and information, often content to believe what is taught to them. This is such a great time to teach our children! We can be encouraged by God’s promise, “my word will not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”  (Isaiah 55:11) While we teach our children about their sin, need for a savior, and God’s awesome provision for redemption, God will also be teaching us perseverance, patience, and about how to choose the important over the urgent.

As children grow, and sources of outside influence and information increase, we hope the faith we’ve taught our children will be a strong and secure source of identity. However, oftentimes our once easily-led child will one day experience deep questions and perhaps real doubt about the faith we’ve worked to pass down. Our child may become confused by alternate messages or suddenly declare they don’t believe in God at all. We do well to patiently shepherd our children through their doubts, yet we ourselves question how to best sail these tricky waters.

On Thursday, January 17, at 7pm , all parents and grandparents are invited to a large-group discussion in Fellowship Hall about parenting our tweens and teens through doubts about their faith. Pastor Carl and his wife Jean will share with us their personal experience parenting through doubts. They’ll provide some theological basis for belief, some suggestions for spiritual care for our children, and identify helpful resources. We’ll then add Pastor Travis to the mix for a pastor’s barstool conversation followed by open Q&A. We hope you will join us, be encouraged, and become better-equipped to persevere in God’s command to “Teach [God’s word] diligently to your children, talk of it when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”  (Deut 6:6-7)
Glad to be a part of this community of grace with you!

Jenny Auerr
for the BeTween Moms Leadership Team