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13 simple ways to share the gospel with children.

Single parents pass on the faith

Tara Sing

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hat does it look like for a single parent to

pass their faith on to their children? When the pressures of providing and parenting fall onto one set of shoulders rather than two, sometimes sharing faith effectively can feel like an impossible task. Ed Springer, former head of ministry support at Youthworks, believes that single parenting shouldn’t be a bleak experience. Instead, it can provide opportunities for the church to step up to be fathers and mothers without degrading the role of the parent. “The church and the parents are co-workers on the same mission to see the next generation receive the knowledge of God and pass it on themselves,” he says. He has identified 13 simple things that single parents can do to help them realistically share the gospel with their children and raise a new generation of disciples. SouthernCross 

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1. Pray for them. An obvious, yet often overlooked, place to start. Prayer is powerful because we pray to a powerful God who is able to do more than we can imagine. Begin by praying for God to work in your children, for their minds to be curious and for their hearts to be open to Jesus. 2. Ask two to five people to regularly pray for your children. Create a small network of people who are committed to praying along with you for the salvation and sanctification of your kids. This provides a spiritual support network for your kids but, as a single parent, helps you to know that you are not shouldering the burden alone. 3. Ask two to five other Christians to invest in them. “It’s choosing people apart from the parent who are helping them grow,” Mr Springer says. “It’s relational… it’s brothers and sisters helping the solo parent.” Find people who will 21

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Southern Cross JULY 2021  

The news magazine for Sydney Anglicans

Southern Cross JULY 2021  

The news magazine for Sydney Anglicans

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