Long-term spiritual training begins with one lesson, one week at a time. If you are just starting to bring faith-filled activities into your family, be encouraged! Look at it in smaller pieces. Stay focused on doing an activity this week and next. Before you know it, you’ll look back and see a rich heritage of home-based spiritual training!
1. Consider ease, excitement, and availability of curriculum. Use a tool like Family Time.
So…our first spiritual goal was to use the Family Time curriculum to do a weekly Bible lesson in our home.
One week turned into one month, then one year, five, ten and eventually fifteen years! That’s more than 750 interactive family-fun spiritual activities to go along with what our children were learning at church.
In the early years, my goal was not to miss a week. So I used whatever new activity I heard about. When choosing an activity, I was most concerned about ease, excitement, and the availability of materials.
2. Pick activities that match specific family needs.
Later, after our family had developed a steady pattern of weekly lessons, I started to pick activities to match specific, current needs in the life of our family.
Our family spiritual goal had changed. Now, I wanted to be more intentional about the lessons we were using. If my children were having problems with obedience then I would try to find an activity to teach about obedience. If my church was encouraging families to become involved in missions then I would try to find activities that taught about missions.
Our home-based spiritual training was becoming more intentional.
After five years of providing a weekly Family Time Bible lesson, my family’s spiritual goal changed again.
3. As kids age, begin each year with specific spiritual goals for each child.
One year, the goal for my daughter was humility. The next year her goal was friendship: Being a good friend to both easy to like and challenging kids.
4. In year seven, we tried something new. Instead of specific goals for each child, we picked family goals. At least 50% of our weekly lessons were specific to established family goals. Here are several examples of family spiritual goals:
Christ as King: Living a daily life that honors God.
Stewardship: Management of God’s resources—time, talents & finances.
Personal Faith: Expand prayer, Bible study and service
Leadership: Making good choices and influencing others for good.
Attitude: Reflecting God’s love in good times and bad.
Sabbath: Learn to live a balanced life in a culture that promotes busyness.
For though we live in the world,
we do not wage war as the world does.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.
On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
How do you set spiritual goals for each phase and stage of your family-life? Consider setting aside an hour for prayer and brainstorming to set spiritual goals for the coming year. Starting a weekly Family Time is an excellent place to begin.
By Kirk Weaver
Husband to Trudi
Dad to two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder and Executive Director of Family Time Training
Connect with Kirk and Family Time Training for valuable resources to intentionally lead your children to Christ.