‘To boldly restore a Biblical vision for discipleship that encourages & equips the Heart, Home, and Church for their generational Journey Up with Jesus!
There are fewer and fewer faithful followers of Jesus Christ with each generation being born today. 70% of Americans still claim to be Christians. Yet only 46% of US adults would say they have a biblical worldview. In 2017 the American Culture & Faith Institute did a study to find out how many professing believers were connecting their beliefs with their behavior in what they called an “Integrated Disciple.” The results were mind-blowing. The younger an adult is, the less likely they are to have a biblical worldview. Among adults 18 to 29 years old – commonly referred to as Millennials – just 4% were Integrated Disciples. The number rose to 7% among those in the 30-to-49 age bracket; doubled to 15% among the 50-to-64 year olds; and peaked at 17% among those 65 or older. (www.culturefaith.com)
This is a serious problem for the church that is trying to faithfully respond to the one thing Jesus asked us to do before He returned to heaven. After spending His earthly ministry making disciples he turned to us and said, now it’s your turn. “Go and make disciples of all nations…”. (Matthew 28:18-20)
We believe this increasing generational unfaithfulness is greatly a result of today’s broken family. The church is missing its greatest discipleship-making tool in her tool belt:
• The most effective discipleship program is the family!
• The most effective discipleship facility is the home!
• The most effective discipleship pastor is the father!
That’s why Satan has strategically taken out all three. He knows the role that God intended the family to play in making disciples. The question is, “Does the church know?” And, “Will the family be equipped for the task at hand? Even the most dynamic church today will only have the chance to “equip God’s people” (Eph. 4:11-12) a few hours each week. In the meantime, that same person will be continually and deeply shaped by their family. A family that is busy and broken. A family that has no idea just how much impact they are having on tomorrow’s generation. For better or for worse. Which sadly means, the heart isn’t being proactively discipled by the family either. So, who is? Quite simply, it’s our incredibly seductive and secular culture. The one we thought we were engaging for Christ, but instead were engulfed in ourselves.
Here’s the good news…actually it’s God’s news! Because of His Amazing Grace, we can humbly respond in our generation to the loving discipline that He is bringing to His church. We can stop rearranging the deck chairs on the sinking ship and restore true discipleship. Reviving the church to thrive in its role of equipping the disciple. Returning the focus to discipling their heart, not just their brain or behavior. Prioritizing the family’s ministry, not just the church ministry. They desperately need each other to play their God-given roles in discipling the heart. This won’t happen overnight, but over generations. It will require willingness on the part of today’s family and church to choose this daring Journey Up.
It’s time to boldly restore the heart of today’s family. To revive the mission of today’s church. To once again Re-Tell His Story of Amazing Grace to the next generation.
RESTORING THE family
Your heart will naturally overflow into your home, along with all other hearts that join you in your family. Picture these streams coming together in a river of relationship, pooling up within the walls of your home. This pool, these deep waters will have tremendous generational impact when they overflow out the front door of your home. Your relational waters can be "salt and light" that bring life and nourishment to your world or they will be dark and destructive.
We see throughout God's Word, especially in key passages like Deuteronomy 6, Ephesians 6, and Titus 2 that God intends for us to be very good stewards with the relational river in our home. It will require tremendous effort and bring many difficult days. Yet we can also give testimony that life's greatest treasures are found in the deep waters of the family who commits to letting God's Word restore the core of their family.
We desire to encourage families with practical resources that will help them restore a new way of living and learning within their home. To do this we will be focusing on helping today's family prioritize the strengthening of their "3 Core Life Muscles". The world we live in today says these muscles are foolish to focus on. Yet the Word of God says that our lives will be massively impacted by how we use them.
Families who have the courage to let God restore the core of their home, will then have the strength to pour into their church. Reviving the church's ability to engage our lost world like never before!
reviving THE church
First let's be clear. Reviving the Church is a work that only the Holy Spirit will be able to bring about. We desire to come alongside the church leader whose ministry is being drawn by the Spirit to humbly and boldly restore value to the role of the family and family leader. Leaders who humbly acknowledge that the human heart can be mightily touched by God in the small time frames of Sunday morning or Wednesday evening. Yet also embracing the reality that each heart then goes home to be massively shaped by their family 24/7 for the rest of their life.
We want to equip the church leadership that desires to effectively "prepare God's people for works of service" (Ephesians 4) with practical ways to begin reviving the "core value"of family . If strong families are not growing at the core of our churches, then pastors are essentially trying to carry the entire weight of caring for the generational needs of all families. An impossible role even for the largest church budget or energetic pastor.
After watching countless pastors burn-out and family leaders rust-out, we want to encourage them to come together in a new way that will enable the church to once again retell God's Story to the generations to come.
retelling his story
God intends for our family and His Church to retell His Story of Faithfulness to the next generation. This will require a Spirit-led humility and courage in families and churches across our country to give every moment to leaving a "12 Stone Legacy". Not stones that simply leave our children buildings and houses, but living stones that cause them to look at our life and say, "What do these stones mean?"
We see God setting us an example of this generational mindset in Joshua 4:21-24:
“He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.”
The next generation will only have the chance to hear The Greatest Story if our families and churches commit to leaving them "12 Stones" through our daily lives. We desire to give today's family and church tools that will help them do exactly that!