Podcasts could help churches, families connect
BSC Communications
June 24, 2011

Podcasts could help churches, families connect

Podcasts could help churches, families connect
BSC Communications
June 24, 2011

Considering how to best train and equip the next generation

in the truths of God may seem a daunting task — and it is, but even more so

when churches and parents try to do it alone.

The dilemma is not, as Reggie Joiner writes in Think Orange,

trying to figure out which is worse: “the church trying to assume a parent’s

responsibility because parents are not…or parents stop assuming responsibility

because the church makes them feel like the church should assume it.”

Throughout Scripture, in passages like Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and

Psalm 78:5-8, the family is declared to be the primary agent in discipling

children. Families in those same Bible passages, though, live out their

responsibility in the context of a broader faith community that serves to

resource, train and encourage parents.

The fact is, both the church and the family have room for

improvement when it comes to taking responsibility for a child’s spiritual

growth. Although two out of three parents in the United

States with children under age 18 attend

religious services at least once a month, the majority of parents spend no time

during the week talking with their children about spiritual issues.

Yet, the local church sometimes tries to be the primary

disciple-maker instead of helping equip parents to do what God intends for them

to do. Joiner writes, “We do what feels like the right thing to do — we

implement programs to replace the parents who should be the spiritual leaders.

We gradually create a mindset that allows the parents to believe that the

church should assume responsibility for the spiritual growth of their kids.”

On average, church leaders have about 40 hours a year with

the youth at their church, while parents have about 3,000 hours with them at


This means parents and church leaders must work together in

order to make the greatest impact.

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC)

is launching a new audio resource to help bring churches and families together.

The Church & Family Connect podcast will help church leaders and parents

answer questions about how to make fruitful disciples of the next generation.

“Churches cannot give up on the family and the family cannot

give up on the church,” said Brian Upshaw, BSC

church ministry team leader.

“Many families want to teach and train their children. The

church can help equip families, but also serve as a great source of

encouragement. We pray that this podcast will motivate churches and families to

elevate discipleship among our children and youth.”

The first two interviews are with Randy Stinson, dean of the

School of Church Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Steve

Wright, pastor of family discipleship at Providence

Baptist Church

in Raleigh.

“We are serious about creating a disciple-making culture in

churches and families where lives are changed by the power of God,” Upshaw


Listen to the interviews here.