I really thrilled to share with you the exciting news of CGN reaching a new milestone in ministry impact as God leads us forward to reach yet another generation with the Gospel. I have been doing this work for more than two decades now, and the time has arrived for new leadership, a new vision, and new opportunities to see what amazing things God will do for the future.
For the last six years I have had the privilege of enjoying an incredible personal and working relationship with a young man who has impacted my life and made an unbelievable impact in the lives of many grandparents across this land. His name is Josh Mulvihill. Josh will assume leadership of CGN in July under the Gospel Shaped Family umbrella. I believe, under Josh’s leadership, you will see even more significant resources and tools created for grandparents. I believe you will see CGN grow in its influence in church family ministry and an increased effectiveness in calling grandparents to biblical intentionality.
While I will now be doing some new things on my own, I will remain closely connected to CGN serving where I can best contribute to the ministry in an “emeritus’ role under Josh’s leadership (which is just a fancy way of saying “retired to a supporting role with a title”). I will continue to encourage and promote the ministry of CGN under Josh’s leadership.
For those many of you who already know Josh, you know this ministry is in good hands. For those who do not know him, I hope you will read his message of introduction in this email and continue to support this important kingdom work.
With gratitude and hope for the future,
Cavin T. Harper
Introducing Dr. Josh Mulvihill
A few years ago, I sat down for lunch with Cavin Harper and learned about the Christian Grandparent Network. My heart leapt for joy that such a ministry existed. In the years since, I have been privileged to partner with Cavin, and learn more about the excellent resources that CGN has developed to equip grandparents and churches to disciple the next generation.
Because the impact of the Christian Grandparent Network has blessed my church and countless others, I count it an honor to take the baton from Cavin and continue the vital ministry of the Christian Grandparent Network. In no way can I replace Cavin, but I will do my best to encourage another generation of grandparents to prioritize the discipleship of their children and grandchildren.
For those who don’t know me, let me share a little about myself. I have served for nearly twenty years as a pastor. My passion is equipping parents, grandparents, and pastors for family discipleship. In an effort to be a better shepherd, I went back to school to get a PhD in Family Ministry and did my dissertation on the biblical role of grandparenting. God used that dissertation in ways I never imagined. It has turned into a seven-book series with Bethany House Publishers on Christian grandparenting. I’ve also written a few books on parenting topics and have the privilege of serving on the board of Awana. I serve with a ministry called Renewanation where we equip individuals to help children develop a biblical worldview.
I’m married to Jen. We have five children and live in Minnesota. I love the outdoors, am an avid fisherman, and enjoy DIY projects on our 100-year-old farmhouse.
What’s next for the Christian Grandparent Network?
The need is greater today than ever for a robust ministry to inspire and equip grandparents to disciple the next generation. Consider the following:
- Less than 25% of Christian grandparents understand their biblical role. Rather, a high percentage of Christian grandparents have adopted society’s ideas about grandparenting, which limits the spiritual impact on the next generation.
- There is a lack of biblical resources for Christian grandparents. There are approximately 30 million Christian grandparents in America and only a handful of books and DVD series are available to equip and encourage them.
- Very few churches address grandparenting from the pulpit, in a classroom, or a seminar. The majority of Christian grandparents are left to figure out how to grandparent without the support or guidance of their church.
The Christian Grandparent Network is needed for these reasons and many more! Imagine the impact on homes, churches, and society if millions of Christian grandparents were given a biblical vision for grandparenting. Imagine if thousands of church leaders had the resources and programs to train grandparents to disciple their children and grandchildren. Imagine if Christian grandparents had biblical resources and training to help grandchildren know, love, and serve Christ.
I believe God is calling us to focus our energy in these areas and I would like to invite you to consider partnering with the CGN team in this effort. Click Here is you would like more information about these areas of focus and how you can help partner with us in them.
I look forward to getting better acquainted with you in the days ahead.