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How to Motivate Dads to Be Spiritual Leaders

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Larry Fowler

on 5 March 2015

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Transcript of How to Motivate Dads to Be Spiritual Leaders

Dads How to
Motivate to Become Spiritual leaders VISION ACTIVITY UNIQUE EGO
PROTECTION Dads need a of their unique contribution Dads need an based approach What is your greatest memory of your dad? What approach have you used? Sermons and/or seminars? Problem: Children's ministry is not balanced Genesis 1:27:
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them. God does "fathering" things "because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in." - Proverbs 3:12 God does "mothering" things "as a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem." - Isaiah 66:13 Children
NEED both! It's estimated that 80% of children's ministry workers are women "And you, fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. - Ephesians 6:4 (KJV) A mothering activity A fathering activity "We were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children." - 1 Thessalonians 2:7 "...we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children." - 1 Thessalonians 2:11 Fathering is different than mothering Fathering is equally essential Children's ministry often sounds more like mothering A sample value statement: "To nurture a love of God and His word in a caring and loving environment" Dads must be persuaded of the value of their unique contribution! Dads are at different places On a scale of 1 to 10... 2 5 7 10 Very few are at 10 A few are at 8 More are around 5 Most are 2/3 How do we engage the dads who are 2's and 3's? Create a regular, activity-based spiritual opportunity that dads and their kids can have in common... "There is something men can do that women can't." A Swiss study If a father does not go to church,only 1 child in 50 will become a regular worshipper. If a father goes to church regularly,two-thirds to three-fourths will become churchgoers. Dads need to know their responsibility. Ask them to do something monumental. Challenge them with how hard it is. Be transparent about how hard it is for you. Daughters Father Mother Mother Mother Father Daughters Daughters Sons Sons Sons Early Childhood Middle Childhood Adolescence Dads need Show them Baby steps Have their back Reward progress Celebrate Think rugby Women's ministry happens face-to face, men's ministry happens shoulder-to-shoulder Small Groups Lead at home Why don't they work? Small groups? Materials? Weekend retreats?
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