Document Type

Article

Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Dr. Michael Mitchell

Primary Subject Area

Religion, General; Religion, Philosophy of; Theology; Sociology, Individual and Family Studies; Education, Religious

Keywords

Children, Discipleship, Evangelism, Faith, Parenting

Disciplines

Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Family, Life Course, and Society | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

A review of current literature demonstrates that there is a fundamental problem in the church today: the church has taken on the primary role of discipling children, while many parents have abrogated their biblical mandate as outlined in Deuteronomy 6:6-9. Surveys of parents as well as practical ministry experience confirm that great confusion exists among parents as to the scope of their biblical responsibilities. This project reviews historical perspectives and the present situation in the church and offers guidance to both parents and ministry professionals to help parents reclaim their God-given responsibilities.