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Dad Tips On Raising Kids Who Love Jesus

Hey Dads, is raising kids who love Jesus a goal you have? It’s not going to magically happen. And it’s not someone else’s job. As Fathers, we’ve got a huge responsibility to help guide our kids spiritually. It’s a tough thing to do, in fact, impossible if we try to accomplish this alone.

But if we’re intentional and totally depend on God and ask for help from others, we can absolutely do this! Since there is no such thing as a perfect formal that works every time in our imperfect world filled with imperfect people…these are simply 5 actions for you to consider that will help your kids become a life-long follower of Jesus:

1) We’ve got to walk the walk ourselves.
Kids are smart, and they see everything. If we’re not praying, reading our Bibles, and making church a habit, why would they think it’s important? Have that family devotion time set in stone and prioritize getting everyone to church each week.

2) Create a loving, grace-filled environment at home.
Just like God loves us unconditionally, we’ve got to shower our kids with that same love and forgiveness. When they mess up, which they will, listen and then extend grace (just like our heavenly Father does for us). Apologize when you blow it as a dad and pour affirmation into them constantly.

3) Get your kids into spiritual habits and practices.
Prayer, Bible reading, devotions, however you do it, get them into those routines young. The more they practice, the stronger their faith will grow. Encourage them to build their own relationship with Jesus. Have them pick a kid/teen-friendly devotional and go through it together.

4) Use every day situations for a Bible lesson.
Talk about biblical values without being preachy. When problems come up, discuss how Jesus would want them to respond. Help them see life through God’s truth. Point out examples of Christian values when you’re watching a game or a movie together. Turn those “teaching moments” into talks about how Jesus would want us to live.

5) Pray like crazy for your kids.
We can share truth all day with them, but only God can change their heart. Prayer is active and powerful! Plead with God to draw them closer to Himself. This doesn’t have to be long and drawn out. Just pray from your heart throughout the day each day for a few seconds or a minute.

It’s not easy being a Dad but doing everything possible to raise kids who love Jesus is the most crucial role we’ll ever have. Go get it daily, lead by example, and trust God with the results. There’s no greater legacy to leave behind!


  • Chris Reed

    Chris married his beautiful bride, Tina, in 1990. They have three wonderful adult children, Jacob, Kaylee, and Macie Joy. Chris began pastoring at a church in Los Angeles in 1995 where he was the Children’s and Student Pastor. He was the Executive Pastor of Student Ministries at John Maxwell's church in South Florida before he came to Saddleback in 2008 as our Pastor to 20s/30s. He has since served as Singles Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, Marriages Pastor, and Parents Pastor. He is currently our Extensions Pastor, leading the charge for Saddleback Church start-ups across the US and world. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

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