In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded his followers to go into the world and make disciples, teaching them to obey all that Jesus had said. But the very first “great commission” was really given much earlier—to parents. In Deuteronomy 6, God calls parents to the task of discipleship in raising their children.
Discipleship is the greatest test for the Christian family today. In today’s busy world, many parents feel overwhelmed and aren’t sure what to do—or even where to begin. In Dedicated, Jason Houser is joined by Bobby Harrington and his son Chad, as they unpack the simple, practical, and essential practices of spiritually parenting and discipling children in the home. An inspirational training manual to equip parents, Dedicated will empower parents to pass along their faith to the next generation.
About the Author
Bobby Harrington is the co-founder of discipleship.org and the founding and lead pastor of Harpeth Christian Church (19 years). He is the chairman of the board for the Relational Discipleship Network and the co-author of DiscipleShift, Dedicated: Training Your Children to Trust and Follow Jesus, and Discipleship that Fits. He has been married to Cindy for over 35 years and they have two adult children who are disciples of Jesus.
During my interactions with Bobby I have found him to be very passionate about the church’s mission for disciple-making. He is not just concerned that this happen in our gatherings. He is committed to seeing this happen in all of life. I’m grateful that he is applying his passion and experience to better equip the church to grow in discipleship in the home. I’m especially thankful to see a book coming out of his own experiences with his son. What a gift to have a father and son contribute out of their learning to further ours! -- Jeff Vanderstelt, visionary leader, Soma Family of Churches
A pesky question that is asked of most teachers is, “How do you help families do discipleship?” There are many answers. Frankly, however, most are disorganized and subjective. I like this book Dedicated because it is an organized answer based in experience. I like it because a father and son are involved and because I know that Bobby Harrington is the real deal as a man, husband, father, and pastor. -- Bill Hull, author, Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, The Disciple Making Pastor, and the Disciple Making Church
For years, parents have told us that the spiritual development of their children is their number one parenting priority. This book gives them a road map for how to make that priority a reality. Essential reading for every mom and dad. -- Bob Lepine, cohost, FamilyLife Today
Bobby Harrington is a man who understands that the mission of the church is to make disciples. He has spent the last several years helping leaders develop processes and strategies to do just that. He also is a man who has raised his kids to love and serve Jesus at the same time. His heart is to see every Christian become mature, and while the church plays a large part in that, he believes that every Christian parent’s role is to disciple their own kids. Bobby and Chad have put together a book that will help parents invest in their children. I am excited about what this book can do for you and your family. -- Jim Putman, senior pastor, Real Life Ministries
Passing on the faith within normal family structures has become the fastest growing omission in the contemporary church. This book is a practical guide to reintroduce this basic, relationally based, life-oriented catechesis into the life stream of the church. This is not just one of many important initiatives; the very future of the church depends on it! -- Timothy C. Tennent, President, Asbury Theological Seminary