Top Ten Ways to Disciple Your Children Like Jesus (Part 2)

Thousands of books have been written on parenting. Several research organizations indicate these books have not helped parents very much. Two million children are permanently leaving the church each year and out of every two hundred young adults, only one has a biblical worldview! Jesus said that “we will know a tree by its fruit,” and the “tree” looks pretty sick.

Can we learn some things about parenting from Jesus Christ Himself? After all, He showed us for 3 years how to make disciples, and then commanded us to do the same. Below you will find the last five of a “top ten” list about how parents can obey the Great Commission and enjoy the great blessings of parenting.

5.  Provide loving correcting to your children, and never discipline in anger. In the same way that a coach corrects his players, parents need even more to provide loving correction and guidance.

4.  Frequently teach your children about God and scripture each day; that’s what Jesus did! Take advantage of time in the home, in the car, at the park, etc to talk about the goodness of the Lord.

3.  Take your children into the world to minister to others.  Find opportunities to take meals, cookies, flowers, cards, and tracks to others in need.  Pray for, minister to and give testimonies to the needy.

2.  Protect your lambs from the many wolves in our culture by being with them.  In Psalm 23 Jesus the Shepherd was with His flock as they walked through “the valley of the shadow of death.”

1.  Once your children are fully trained, send them out with other trusted adults. After training His adult disciples, Jesus sent them out in twos.  He said “I send you out as lambs among wolves.”

Here are some other practical ideas of how you can disciple your children.

Alan Melton is the founder of Disciple Like Jesus ministry.  This ministry encourages parents to make disciples of their children in the same manner that Jesus made disciples.  For more information, visit his website at

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