Parents in your ministry don’t have time to disciple their children—or, at least, that’s the way many of them feel when they look at their weekly to-do lists. According to comprehensive surveys and interviews with hundreds of parents, half of all church-involved parents have simply resigned themselves to the notion that their families are too busy to engage in consistent practices of family discipleship.
So what were the factors that prevented these parents from having the time for intentional spiritual formation in their households?
For a significant minority of parents, it was children’s sports and school activities that trumped time together as a family when it came to scheduling priorities. Nearly one-third of parents agreed that they were willing “to do whatever it takes” for their children to succeed in certain sports or school activities.
And what if the resulting schedule was so hectic that it prevented the family from eating even a single meal together during the week?
As long as the payoff at the end included academic or athletic successes for their child, these parents suntested that they were willing to pay the price.