It should not be a surprise that parenting terms and skills are used to describe the discipleship process in Scripture. After all, the church is a family. There is a close relationship between what it takes to be a healthy physical family as well as a healthy spiritual family. Through reverse designing the discipleship process—beginning with the end in mind—the skills that are foundational to parenting can be identified, explained, developed, and applied to the parenting process.
Dr. Mike Parrott is the Assistant Professor of Educational Ministries and Assistant Professor of Bible at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio.