What is Heritage Parenting?
What is Heritage Parenting? In a relay race, runners must pass the baton to the next runner. The first runner passes the baton and so finishes their share of the race. The next runner carries on the baton until their portion comes to an end and they pass on the baton. The last runner crosses the finish line. Heritage Parenting recognizes the timeless nature of the Gospel and a parent’s responsibility and joy of effectively transmitting the truth of the Good News on to their children through the mentoring pattern of Jesus Christ.
In spite of the rampant individualism in western society, Heritage Parents recognize the decisive nature of the Gospel. They realize that the Christian faith is a timeless truth to be passed on to their children, who will pass it on to their own children. As a Heritage Parent, you will have the joy of effectively passing on your faith to your children.
However, this passing of the faith does not happen in a vacuum. Real hindrances to this process exist. Statistics show that most young people drop out of the faith community, question or even lose the faith of their childhood. Some hindrances we cannot control, such as the nature of the worldly system. Some hindrances come out of our own ignorance of how faith is passed and disciples are made.
In the first section, we explore the common practices of passing on the faith and their ineffectiveness. Then we delve into the nature of making disciples, duplicating the pattern Jesus employed with the Twelve. After that, we equip you with knowledge about the nature of children and the processes of growing up to increase your communication and empathy. In the final section, we offer a general paradigm of Christian family, Biblical models of parenting, and principles you can apply to your own family within your own context.
Make no mistake. Heritage Parenting is NOT “Seven Steps to a Happy Family”. We feel we cannot possibly tell you how to handle your personal situation. No book of parenting laws will cover every situation. However, we do believe that adopting the Biblical perspectives and principles found in this book will put you well on your way to effectively passing faith’s baton to your child.
Our first prayer is this book will help you understand the importance of passing on God’s heritage to your children. And since knowing and doing are sometimes disconnected, our second prayer is that this book will assist you in passing on a living faith, God’s Heritage, to your children.
The Great Commission all comes down to “Heritage Parenting.” The pattern that Jesus used to develop His disciples can be used to raise disciples in your own home. Your children are a gift to you, a heritage, if you will. They bless us in their childhood and they bless their community and world as they move out of our care. To implant the Gospel in them is to bless and evangelize the future.
Our Third Prayer hopes for you that when you have passed the baton, you will be able to say along with St. Paul, “… I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)
Ps 127:3 Children are the heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.
Ps 119:111-112 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.graph here.