Discipling Your Grandchildren: Great Ideas to Help Them Know, Love, and Serve God

Discipling Your Grandchildren: Great Ideas to Help Them Know, Love, and Serve God

by Dr. Josh Mulvihill
Discipling Your Grandchildren: Great Ideas to Help Them Know, Love, and Serve God

Discipling Your Grandchildren: Great Ideas to Help Them Know, Love, and Serve God

by Dr. Josh Mulvihill


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You are a grandparent with a passion to impact your grandkids for Christ, but sometimes you struggle to find fun and meaningful ways to disciple them and leave a lasting legacy of faith. Help is at hand in Discipling Your Grandchildren: Great Ideas to Help Them Know, Love, and Serve God, in which grandparenting expert Dr. Josh Mulvihill has compiled dozens of suggestions and strategies to help you do just that.

With an assortment of actionable ideas—from pragmatic tips on how to better connect with your grandchildren to fun, age-appropriate activities—Discipling Your Grandchildren is an invaluable tool chest for grandparents who want to build a biblical foundation, lead by example, and point their grandchildren to Christ. Practical yet powerful, the information, ideas, and best practices shared by Mulvihill can be implemented and adapted in ways that work for your unique grandparenting situation, whether your grandkids are two or twenty, around the corner or across the globe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764231292
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Series: Grandparenting Matters
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,093,310
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Josh Mulvihill is the executive director of church and family ministry at Renewanation, where he equips parents and grandparents to disciple their families and consults with church leaders to help them design Bible-based, Christ-centered children's, youth, and family ministries. Josh has served as a pastor for nearly twenty years, serves on the board of Awana, provides leadership to the Christian Grandparenting Network and has a PhD from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Grandparenting, Biblical Grandparenting, Preparing Children for Marriage, and Biblical Worldview. Josh and his wife, Jen, live in Victoria, Minnesota, and have five children. Learn more at www.legacycoalition.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Wess Stafford 11

Introduction 15

1 What Does the Bible Say about Grandparenting? 25

Five Characteristics of a Disciple-Making Grandparent

2 Gifts, Encouragement, and Prayer 37

Gift Giving

Ten Graduation Gift Ideas

The Gift of a Bible

Connect through Texts

Build Your Grandchild's Library of Good Books

Books to Give and Enjoy Together

Giving Gifts of Experiences

Journaling Together

Praying for Each Other

Thirty Scriptures to Pray for Your Children and Grandchildren

3 Intentional Meals 57

Long-Distance Dinners

Bake a Simple Recipe Two Different Ways

Checklist for Successful Mealtimes with Small Children

Practice Mealtime Manners with a Tea Party

Learn about Missions by Enjoying an Ethnic Dinner

Preparing Dinner with Bible Ingredients

Thanking Parents with a Dinner

4 Teaching God's Word and Telling God's Work 69

Disciple Grandchildren Using a Good Book

Wonderful Things in God's Word

Utilize Your Skills by Teaching What You Know

Participate in Education

Being a Good Friend

Teaching Biblical Manhood to Boys

Go on a Virtual Tour of Israel

Take Notes in Church

Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count

Biblical Worldview Detector

Tell about Past Generations

Share Your Faith Story

5 Reading and Memorizing the Bible 83

Check Out Unusual Verses

Make Magnets to Memorize a Verse

Use Objects to Memorize

Bible Character Biographies

Memorize the Books of the Bible

Summarize the Books of the Bible, Discuss the Sermon

Study the Bible Together

Take Photos to Illustrate a Verse

6 Sharing the Gospel 95


The Wordless Book

Romans Road

Share the Gospel Using Five Fingers and Five Verses

Dirty Water Experiment

Challenge Children to Think about Their Faith

Answer Hard Questions

Share Your Faith Story

Teach Children to Make Right Choices

Write a Psalm

7 Serving Together 105

Get Involved in Their Activities

Practical Service Opportunities

Develop a Talent or Skill Together

Take a Mission Trip Together

8 Relationship Building 113

Build Traditions Together

Make an Unfinished Photo Album

Send Unusual Mail

Celebrate the Start of a New School Year

Rubber Band Fight

Backyard Camping

Nerf Gun War

Family Fantasy Football League

Connect with Grandchildren via Social Media

Celebrate Major Milestones

Listening to Your Grandchildren

Visiting Great-Grandparents

Relating to Teens

Respect the Wishes of Non-Christian Parents

9 For Your Home 133

Checklist for Successful Overnight Visits

Host Grandparent Camp

Welcoming Grandchildren into Your Home

Make and Use Prayer Cards

Honor Grandchildren in Your Home

Explore Your City

Stay Home Together

Write Notes While Visiting

Share Bedtime Stories from a Distance

Twenty-One Activities with Grandchildren

10 For Your Church 149

Launch a Grandparent Ministry

Participate in National Grandparents Day

Include Grandparents in Child Dedications

Participate in GrandCamp

Start a G@P Group

Organize a Photo Scavenger Hunt

11 Holidays 157

New Year's

Valentine's Day

St. Patrick's Day


Ideas for Spring

Memorial Day

Mother's and Father's Day

Ideas for Summer Vacation

Fourth of July

Ideas for Fall





Ideas to Celebrate Spiritual Birthdays

Notes 187

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