Today is all about the RED side of Orange: the FAMILY.
We’ve been an Orange church for the past several years. I’ve been talking about Orange on the blog for most of that time. I realized as I was prepping for this week that I’ve never had a parent from our ministry talk about why being part of an Orange church is important to them. With Orange Week 2.0, I figured this was the perfect time.
I sent one of our parents three questions. I loved her answers. (And by the way, I need to do this with more parents as well!)
1. As a parent, how do you look for the church to partner with you in developing faith in your kids?
In a general sense, I would hope that the church would be a place where the entire redemptive story would come alive for my children. I want my children to understand “The Story” as a whole – how the story they’re learning fits into “The Story” – and how their own little lives are part of “The Story”.
In a specific way, I look to the church to raise up mature, authentic leaders who can partner with me to “train them in the way they should go” – to be an extra set of ears, eyes and arms – to encourage and build my children up – to help them discover their God-given gifts – to be a living example of servant leadership.
I pray for mature Christians to come along side my children . . . to pray for them . . . to encourage them . . . to model a vibrant faith . . . and to be there for them when they don’t feel comfortable coming to me with something – or when they just need another person to talk to. I pray that my children will develop a real and authentic relationship with Jesus because they’ve seen that lived out week to week in their mom and dad and in their church leaders.
2. How does knowing the church has a strategy for your child help you as a parent?
Being a parent is the hardest job I’ve ever had. There are many days where I feel like I’m all alone… and don’t know what to do. How am I supposed to handle “that” situation? How can I encourage my kids to live in a way that is pleasing to God? It can seem very overwhelming at times.
Knowing my church has a strategy in place for my child, helps me feel like I’m not alone. I know the responsibility for the spiritual development of my children falls mainly on my husband and me – but knowing the church has the same end in mind for my child as I do helps me feel supported and gives me the encouragement I need to build into my children at home.
3. What do you like most about the Orange strategy and curriculum?
I love that I’m not alone. I love that there is a team of people praying for, encouraging and loving my children. I appreciate the support and encouragement I get from the Orange leaders to ask pertinent questions and get to the “real” and important stuff of life.
It always seems that whatever is being talked about is so VERY applicable to our day-to-day living. As a parent, I can pivot off of the solid base of the week’s lesson and plug it into the daily situations that come up. I know that there are others encouraging my child in the same ideas, and keeping her accountable from week to week for following through on life-application!
I also love the creative ways the stories, virtues, verses and life application activities are taught. The children are engaged and having fun while they are learning the core truths of God’s Word and His will for their lives. Orange is NOT boring . . . it’s a blast . . . both for the kids AND the parents.
Sure this is one parent out of thousands at our church, but her words ring true for parents everywhere. Parents want to feel like they’re not alone, that someone is walking this journey with them and helping navigate the changes that come.
The timeless statement is true, “Home is where the heart it.” Parents love their kids and want the best for them. They know them better than anyone else. As a church leader, it’s important that while I program events that I’m also seeing RED and keeping the family in mind.
How about you? How do would you answer those questions?