How to Make Faith Matter for Our Kids
by Natalie Frisk
Pub Date 17 Sep 2019
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Children and youth will just “catch” the faith of their parents, right?
Not necessarily. Talking with kids about Jesus no longer comes naturally to many Christian parents. In Raising Disciples, pastor Natalie Frisk helps us reconnect faith and parenting, equipping parents to model what following Jesus looks like in daily life. Filled with authenticity, flexibility, humor, and prayer, Frisk outlines how parents can make openings for their children to experience God in their daily lives.
As curriculum pastor at The Meeting House, one of the largest churches in Canada, Frisk calls parents who follow Christ to ask the big questions about the spiritual formation of children and teens. In practical and thoughtful ways, she equips parents to disciple their kids in various stages of childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. Raising Disciples will awaken parents to the possibly of Jesus-centered parenting and encourage us to engage in the lost art of discipling our own kids.
“Parenting is one of those journeys on which there are so many more questions than answers. Faith, school, sports, friends: there are an endless number of circumstances parents navigate and don’t always win. Raising Disciples will help you navigate the most important challenge you will face as a parent: leading your child to their Savior.”
—Carey Nieuwhof, founding pastor of Connexus Church and author of Didn’t See It Coming
“Raising Disciples offers a strategic tactic to change the world. Shaping the next generation is not only what makes Natalie Frisk’s heart beat faster; it’s what will make real differences in the lives of our kids, inside and out. As a Christian leader and parent, I can’t recommend this book more! Surely now is the time to make a meaningful, educated effort to win the hearts of our kids toward Jesus and then release them to impact our world. If you are looking for practical insights and inspiration: this book is it!”
—Danielle Strickland, author of The Ultimate Exodus and cofounder of Infinitum and Amplify Peace
“The Great Commission starts at home! Thank you, Natalie Frisk, for writing this important book. Christian parents and the ‘village’ that supports them now have a theologically rich and practical guide to helping their children become apprentices of Jesus.”
—Bruxy Cavey, author of Reunion and senior pastor of The Meeting House
“Raising Disciples is a breath of fresh air in Christian publishing for parents. I loved Natalie Frisk’s practical approach to living an authentic faith that values the Bible, honors kids, and equips parents to boldly love Jesus! I appreciate the way she helps parents understand the developmental stages of childhood and how Jesus is understood at each level. I’ll be sharing this as a resource with my clients.”
—Brenda L. Yoder, speaker, licensed mental health counselor, and author of Fledge
“The first and most important task of Christian parents is to raise their children to be faithful disciples, yet few Christian parents actually make this a high priority. Our children are leaving the church in their teens and early twenties at alarming rates. In this well-written book, Natalie Fisk combines biblical insight with a wealth of practical and spiritual wisdom. She seasons this with a healthy sprinkling of humor and great storytelling, inspiring all who work with children to assume this awesome responsibility. Whether you are a parent, a children’s pastor, a volunteer, or just someone who cares deeply about the future of the church, Raising Disciples is a book you’re going to want to read, thoroughly digest, and put into practice.”
—Gregory A. Boyd, senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church and author of Cross Vision and other books