Building a Heritage That Lasts

John Trent and Kurt Bruner describe the tools you need to pass your faith on to your family

For years, Focus on the Family has been committed to helping parents raise Christian children. And while Focus has produced all kinds of resources for families, this year marks the beginning of a major push to encourage parents to actively instill Christian values in their kids. That push is called Heritage Builders.

Over the next few years, Focus on the Family will hold Heritage Builders conferences across the country in an effort to give parents fun, practical tools for passing their faith on to their children. The movement also includes a new book, Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children (Tyndale), that serves as a comprehensive resource for families. We talked with John Trent and Kurt Bruner, two spokesmen for Heritage Builders, to find out more about this exciting new movement.

Tell me about the thinking behind Heritage Builders.

John Trent: We felt like there had to be more parents could do beyond taking the kids to church or sending them to Sunday school. Those are both crucial, but they aren't always enough. We sensed the need for tools to help parents be more intentional about passing on their faith.

I didn't grow up with a heritage of faith. I had no example of how to be part of my children's spiritual development. There are other people who had family devotions as kids, but maybe they just sat on the couch and listened to Dad read some theology book until they all fell asleep. The Bible calls us to "train up a child in the way he should go," but there are a lot of parents who don't know how to do that. That's what we're trying to address. We want to empower parents and get them to say, "I can do this."

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