Combining the Influence
When it comes to spiritual formation, church and home both have influence in the lives of children and students. However, statistics will show that parents still exercise the greatest influence on the spiritual development of their children. Merge is a Biblical approach to combine the influence of church and home. Merge will help our church and parents form a stronger, more intentional partnership to create a greater impact on the next generation. Merge is not a program; it is a lifestyle of leadership. Deut. 6:6-7 expresses God’s expectation for all parents - to lead their children to love Him above everyone and everything else. Merge provides parents with the plan and resources to help them lead their families.
COMMON TERMS FOR MERGE
Core Truths - At each stage of spiritual development parents will teach their kids a few basic Core Truths from scripture. These Core Truths will be broken down into smaller concepts and taught by parents through the use of Faith Talks.
Faith Talks - Pre-designed, intentional conversations that are led by parents to impress Biblical truths upon their kids. These are written by Mobberly’s staff and provided as a resource to parents. Parents then choose the best time to have these strategic conversations with their kids based on the pattern (Rhythm) of each family. Families should plan one Faith Talk time each week.
God Sightings - As parents become accustomed to intentionally impressing truth upon their kids they will begin to notice unplanned moments where they see God at work and can call attention to things He is doing or has done - these are called God sightings.
Rhythm - Each family will have to decide the best time each week to meet for a Faith Talk or parents may decide to have Faith Talks with each of their kids individually based on the stage of their kid’s spiritual development. Deut. 6:7 emphasizes the need to take advantage of common times that all families encounter: when you sit in your house, when you walk along the road, when you lie down, when you get up. This is the rhythm of life - families will decide how to impress truth upon their kids utilizing these times, thus families will find their own rhythm.
Stages of Spiritual Development - Times in each child’s life associated with the need to have their parents impress upon them particular Biblical truths.
Stages Of Spiritual Development
Merge Stage Development Seminars help parents learn how to continue nurturing spiritual growth in their children.
Parents this seminar is for you. Come discover how to lead your children spiritually. Deuteronomy 6 explains God’s design for parents as the primary spiritual influencers of the next generation. At Mobberly we want to Merge with you and combine the influence of church and home to create the greatest impact possible. This seminar is for every parent who is new to Mobberly or has not had the opportunity to attend a Merge Family Conference.
Stage 1 • Spiritual Foundation
This Merge seminar is for parents who have children in Pre-school. It is designed to equip parents to instill basic concepts about God in their children's lives. Building a solid foundation is the starting place for nurturing a lifetime of spiritual pursuit. Come discover effective ways to communicate essential Core Truths to your child that they need to understand in these formative years.
Stage 2 • Spiritual Birth
This Merge Seminar is for parents who have children in elementary grades 1-4. It is designed to equip parents to lead their children to begin a personal relationship with Jesus. Come discover effective ways to communicate essential Core Truths to your child to lead them to Jesus.
Stage 3 • Spiritual Discovery
This Merge seminar is for parents who have children in grades 5-6. It is designed to equip parents to lead their children to understand basic Christian truths. Come discover effective ways to communicate essential core truths to your child in this stage of their spiritual development.
Stage 4 • Spiritual Ownership
This Merge seminar is for parents who have kids in grades 7-8. It is designed to equip parents to lead their kids to take personal responsibility for their continued spiritual growth. Come discover effective ways to communicate essential Core Truths to your child in this stage of their spiritual development.
Stage 5 • Spiritual Leadership
This Merge seminar is for parents who have youth in grades 9-12. It is designed to equip parents to lead their kids to use their influence for the Lord. Come discover how to effectively communicate essential Core Truths to your student during this stage of their spiritual development.
This Merge Seminar is for every Grandparent. God has placed the influence of a grandparent in the heart of their grandchildren. Come discover how to maximize your influence by communicating core truths to your grandchildren at every stage of their spiritual development.
Merge Specialty Seminar • How to Have Quiet Time With Your Kids
This Merge Seminar is for every parent. It is designed to help parents explore some very practical ways to spend time in God’s presence together with their children. One of the best disciplines a parent can model for their children is how to know the Lord personally.
Sept., 2015 Merge Devotionals
During the month of September, Mobberly will feature a sermon series about Merge and the five stages of spiritual development in all of its Sunday morning services. Each week during the month, a new devotional that corresponds to the sermon series will be posted in this space. We encourage you to read through the devotional alone or with your Small Groups and consider the questions at the end of each devotional.
Below there are 6 Bible Study sessions taught by our staff via video that will help explain what Merge is and how it works. Click on each to watch.
Becoming a Parent Who Leads
The Heart of The Merge Parent
The Strategic Nature of Spiritual Development
Helping Families Find Their Rhythm
Communicating Core Truths
The Power of Meaningful Partnerships
Recommended Parenting Resources
Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions by George Barna
Parenting with Kingdom Purpose by Ken Hemphill
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Modern Parents, Vintage Values by Trevathan and Goff
Faith-Filled Moments by Kelli Trujillo
Survival Tips for Parents of Preschoolers by Becky Freeman
Soul Searching by Christian Smith
Souls in Transition by Christian Smith
Come Home to the Heart of God by Tom Elliff
Little House on the Freeway by Tim Kimmel
Different Children, Different Needs by Charles Boyd
Finding Home by Jim Daly
It Starts at Home by Steve Stroope
Think Orange by Reggie Joiner
Shift by Brian Haynes
www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting - articles, licensed Christian counselors, online discussions
www.focsonthefamily.com/faq - answers to common parenting questions
www.drleman.com - books and cassettes for parenting and marriage
www.heartlightministries.org - books, events, weekly tips for parents of teens
www.thegatheringatheartlight.wordpress.com - retreat for parents of struggling teens
www.virtuousreality.com - site for parents and teen girls, articles, blogs, reviews, events
www.pluggedinonline.com - Christian reviews of movies, tv, books, music and games
www.screenit.com - conservative reviews of movies, old and new
www.boundless.org - intentional living for the single years, parenting and dating tips
BOOKS & MAGAZINES
The Smart Stepfamily, by Ron Deal
Tying the Family Knot, by Terri Clark
Living in a Stepfamily without Getting Stepped On, by Kevin Leman
The Stepfamily Survival Guide, by Natalie Nichols Gillespie
Life in the Blender, by Sandi Patty
Your Stepfamily, Bi-monthly Magazine
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