Here's a powerful idea. Grandparents are not just a warm, fuzzy presence in the local church community. Rather, they are a vital piece in telling the story of God. Telling younger generations of His faithfulness and lovingkindness. His love, mercy, and grace to us in Jesus.
A Grandparent's influence can extend well beyond their own children, or their grandchildren. Grandparents can leave an influence all the way out to their great-great grandchildren! Below are a number of resources we've made available for you or a grandparent in your life. Feel free to share these as you see fit.
If you want to talk more about the grandparenting journey, contact our Family Pastor, Britt Hemphill.
Online Resources for Grandparents
At DCC, we’re serious about the mission of Grandparenting. We love equipping grandparents to be about this all-important work! Check out these great online resources:
"Legacy Coalition raises the importance of grandparenting through training, discussion, seminars and webinars as well as recommended resources shared by ministry partners. Legacy Coalition is committed to elevating grandparenting above the larger seniors ministries of the church today."
Grand Monday Nights
Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.
7 Essentials for Grandparenting Your Grandkids
Parenting Kids and Their Grandparents
Parenting Bible Verses About The Importance of Grandparents
Grandmas with Heart
Grandmas with Heart is a group of grandmas who want to help equip and empower grandmas to hand down a heritage of faith to their grandchildren.
Facebook Page - Grandmas with Heart
Grandparents in The Bible
Throughout scripture you will find that grandparents (often referred to as “elders,” “forefathers,” or “ancestors”) are crucial to God’s plan of salvation for the whole world. Grandparents have a God-given responsibility of making sure the baton of faith is passed from generation to generation.
“Only be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Deut. 4:9
Notice the word “and” in that last sentence. Through Moses' writing to the nation of Israel, God made it clear that the mission of parenting isn’t finished when children grow up. Grandparents are in a prime position to steward the Gospel Legacy of their families!
Paul connected Timothy’s “sincere faith” to the faith of his grandmother, Lois, and to his mother, Eunice (2 Tim. 1:5). Timothy’s legacy of sincere faith then flowed on through the work of shepherding the church of Ephesus. Who knows how many paths for the gospel formed from Timothy’s leadership in Ephesus? But we do know God’s great plan for Timothy began with what he saw, heard and learned from the faith of his grandmother Lois.
“Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.” - Psalm 71:17-18
This verse applies directly to the mission of grandparenting. In most cases, when the Bible speaks of the “next generation,” it is referring to immediate families. But “…all who are to come” references our children’s children, namely our grandchildren as well as our great-grandchildren.