Ways to Disciple Your Children “As You Go”

by Dr. Rich Griffith

Southwestern D6 Family Ministry Journal (Volume 5)





Discipleship should not be something scary or time consuming. In fact, when we consider Deuteronomy 6, much of discipleship is “as you go,” or as you do life together. Deuteronomy 6:7–9 reads, “Impress [the commandments of God in His Word] on your children. Talk about [His Word] when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie [God’s commandments] as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates” (NIV). Notice that each of these verses imply an “as you go” way of discipleship with your children. Further, these guiding statements are both for the home and the community as indicated by the doorframes and gates.

Rich Griffith, D.Min., is associate professor of youth ministry at Toccoa Falls College. He has two master’s degrees (Theology and Organizational Leadership) and a doctorate in “Youth, Family, and Culture” from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an author, speaker, coach, and part-time pastor. He is a single dad of three adopted sons.