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?
Grandparenting gives you a biblical foundation for investing spiritually in your grandchildren, walking you through the principles of influencing them for Christ–from sharing with unbelieving grandchildren to discipling them into a mature faith in Jesus. Dr. Mulvihill, explains the role of a grandparent according to the Bible, discipleship practices, and biblical principles to strengthen family relationships.
This book is perfect for individual use, small groups, or Sunday school classes and gives you the tools you need to intentionally influence grandchildren for Christ. A companion Grandparenting DVD is available that features eight family ministry experts with over five hours of video content. The study guide for the DVD is found in the Grandparenting book.
Your grandchildren need you—and not just as a companion or baby-sitter. God designed you to pass on a rich heritage of faith in Christ and make a difference in their lives.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Cultural Messages
- Influencing Grandchildren for Christ
A Life That Reflects Christ in Every Way
- Recognizing Culture’s Role for Grandparents
Three Messages Every Grandparent Must Reject
- Giving Season
By Valerie Bell, President of Awana
Part 2: God’s Design
- An Introduction to Grandparenting
Four Biblical Truths Every Grandparent Must Know
- Where Should I Start?
Applying Deuteronomy 4:9
- What Is the Biblical Role of a Grandparent?
Grandparenting Is Discipleship
- God’s Vision for Your Family from Psalm 78
How to Be an Intentional Grandparent
- Three Deficiencies in Christian Families
An Opportunity for Grandparents
- The Six Most Important Lessons I’ve Learned as a Grandparent
By Cavin Harper, President of The Christian Grandparent Network
Part 3: Discipleship Practices
- Discipleship Practices Every Grandparent Can Do (Part 1)
Four Biblical Methods to Implement
- Discipleship Practices Every Grandparent Can Do (Part 2)
Four More Biblical Methods to Implement
- Intentional Grandparenting
By Joe and Pam Mulvihill, Grandparents of 16
Part 4: Strengthening Relationships
- Developing Strong Relationships
Six Characteristics of an Influential Grandparent
- Factors That Impact Relationships
Three Ways to Increase Intimacy
- Gospel Shaped Grandparenting
Five Statements That Can Transform Your Family
- Grandparent Declaration
By Larry Fowler, Founder of The Legacy Coalition
Conclusion: Final Thoughts
Appendix A: What Is the Responsibility of a Grandchild to a Grandparent?
Appendix B: Finishing Well: A Sermon for Every Grandparent
Appendix C: Grandparenting DVD Study Questions
What Others are Saying
If you’re serious about impacting your grandchild’s life and faith today, and their legacy tomorrow, here’s a key grandparenting instruction book. Based on Dr. Mulvihill’s doctoral research, numerous interviews with grandparents, and strong work with the leading grandparenting ministry in the country, this is an important resource whether you have 1 or 11 grandchildren.
John Trent, Ph.D.
President, StongFamiiles.com, Moody Theological Seminary
When grandkids come, we enter into one of the most important seasons of ministry for the Lord Jesus. I have always looked forward to being a grandfather. Now, after reading Grandparenting I am more excited than ever before! This book is packed with biblical principles and practical approaches that God will use to deepen and accelerate your ministry to the generations of your family.
Dr. Rob Rienow, Founder of Visionary Family Ministries
If you are a grandparent or soon to be one like me, get a copy of this book! In Grandparenting: Strengthening Your Family and Passing on Your Faith, Josh Mulvihill offers page after page of inspiration to help grandparents be more than cheerleaders. As a grandparent, you’ll gain a vision to help your grandchildren know, love, and serve Jesus and get the practical wisdom you need to put those goals into practice.
Marty Machowski, pastor and author of Long Story Short
What Josh Mulvihill provides here takes a significant step in the direction of developing a new vision for grandparents in our families. This book is packed with solid biblical foundations. Read this work carefully, constantly seeking ways you can be more effective as a disciple-maker in the lives of your grandchildren and in the life of the church.
Timothy Paul Jones, Ph.D.
- Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry,
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary