Biblical Grandparenting


Biblical Grandparenting (Grandparenting Matters): Exploring God’s Design for Disciple-Making and Passing Faith to Future Generations

Many powerful voices are influencing our grandchildren, from those at home and in their schools to those in the world of entertainment and media. What can you as a grandparent do to speak wisdom and godliness into their lives?

Biblical Grandparenting is a full-length leadership book that places grandparenting ministry on a firm scriptural foundation. It is ideal for pastors and church leaders as well as for use in the classroom at seminaries.



What is the role of a grandparent? While the world says it’s time to retire and relax, Scripture paints a different picture. Grandparents have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of their grandchildren and leave a lasting heritage for their families that will bless generations to come.

Biblical Grandparenting explains culture’s misleading messages about grandparenting, provides a biblical overview of the role of grandparents, and shares groundbreaking research that will give families, pastors, and future leaders a vision to impact the next generation for Christ. In addition, this book offers practical methods to disciple grandchildren and navigate the grandparent’s place in the family.

Biblical Grandparenting is the synthesis of Dr. Mulvihill’s PhD research on Christian grandparenting. It is a readable, in-depth, research based, biblical theology of Christian grandparenting. It is the most comprehensive book on the subject available today.

“I give my highest endorsement to this much-needed book. Rarely do we find thinking this prophetic, original, scholarly, and biblical in one place. I hope it will be widely read, discussed, and responded to in ways that change the very fabric of this country and the grandparenting culture.”
–Valerie Bell, CEO, Awana

Table of Contents

Part 1   Getting Started

  1. An Overview of Grandparenting

            Ten Biblical Themes Every Grandparent Should Know

Part 2   God’s Design

  1. An Identity Crisis in America

            Rejecting a Leisureville Lifestyle

  1. Grandparenthood in the Bible

            Understanding the Biblical Role of Grandparents

Part 3   Culture’s Messages

  1. A Brief History of Grandparenthood in America

            Learning from the Multigenerational Mistakes of the Past

  1. The Culture’s View of Grandparenting

            A Picture of Grandparents Today

Part 4   Discipleship Methods

  1. The Perceived Role of Christian Grandparents

            Four Approaches to Grandparenting

  1. Discipling Grandchildren

            Eight Methods Every Grandparent Can Use

  1. Comparing Grandparent Roles

            Four Differences Worth Recognizing

  1. Research Results

Key Findings of the Study

Appendix 1: Interview Questions

Appendix 2: Validation of Research Protocol

Appendix 3: Methodological Design

Appendix 4: Demographic and Sample Data


Additional information

Weight 12.4 oz
Dimensions 11 × 9 × 1 in


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