Grandparenting: Strengthening Your Family and Passing on Your Faith

Grandparenting: Strengthening Your Family and Passing on Your Faith

by Dr. Josh Mulvihill
Grandparenting: Strengthening Your Family and Passing on Your Faith

Grandparenting: Strengthening Your Family and Passing on Your Faith

by Dr. Josh Mulvihill


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Many powerful voices are influencing our grandchildren, from those at home and in their schools to those in the world of entertainment and media. What can you as a grandparent do to speak wisdom and godliness into their lives?

Grandparenting gives you a biblical foundation for investing spiritually in your grandkids, walking you through the principles of influencing them for Christ—from sharing with unbelieving grandkids to discipling them into a mature faith. This book is perfect for individual use, small groups, or Sunday school classes. A Grandparenting DVD is available that features eight family ministry experts with over five hours of video content.

Two other resources are also available:

Biblical Grandparenting is a full-length leadership book that places grandparenting
ministry on a firm scriptural foundation. It is ideal for pastors and church leaders as
well as for use in the classroom at seminaries.

Equipping Grandparents is a brief book to teach pastors how to begin a grandparenting ministry in their church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764231261
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Series: Grandparenting Matters
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 597,884
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Josh Mulvihill (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the executive director of church and family ministry at Renewanation and has served as a pastor for nearly 20 years. He is a founding member and the director of resources for The Legacy Coalition, which is a national leader in grandparenting ministry. Josh and his wife, Jen, live in Victoria, MN, and are blessed with five children. You can find Josh on Facebook or at

Table of Contents

Foreword Cavin Harper 11

Introduction 15

Part 1 Cultural Messages 21

1 Influencing Grandchildren for Christ 23

A Life That Reflects Christ in Every Way

2 Recognizing Culture's Role for Grandparents 33

Three Messages Every Grandparent Must Reject

3 Giving Season 45

by Valerie Bell, CEO of Awana

Part 2 God's Design 55

4 An Introduction to Grandparenting 57

Four Biblical Truths Every Grandparent Must Know

5 Where Should I Start? 67

Applying Deuteronomy 4:9

6 What Is the Role of a Grandparent? 78

Grandparenting Is Discipleship

7 God's Vision for Your Family from Psalm 78 91

How to Be an Intentional Grandparent

8 Three Deficiencies in Christian Families 105

An Opportunity for Grandparents

9 The Six Most Important Lessons I've Learned as a Grandparent 114

by Cavin Harper, President of the Christian Grandparenting Network

Part 3 Discipleship Practices 123

10 Discipleship Practices Every Grandparent Can Do (Part 1) 127

Four Biblical Methods to Implement

11 Discipleship Practices Every Grandparent Can Do (Part 2) 144

Four More Biblical Methods to Implement

12 Intentional Grandparenting: Living in Light of Eternity 161

by Joe and Pam Mulvihill, Grandparents of Sixteen

Part 4 Strengthening Relationships 173

13 Developing Strong Relationships 175

The Foundation for Family Discipleship

14 Factors That Impact Relationships 186

Three Ways to Increase Intimacy

15 Gospel-Shaped Grandparenting 191

Five Statements That Can Transform Your Family

16 Grandparent Declaration 204

Conclusion: Final Thoughts 209

Appendix A What Is the Responsibility of a Grandchild to a Grandparent? 213

Appendix B Finishing Well: A Sermon for Every Grandparent 217

Appendix C Grandparenting Video Study Questions 227

Notes 245

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