‘It was a light-bulb moment for me’
Parenting for Faith’s Anna Hawken on the difference between ‘God-smart’ and ‘God-connected’ children
Helping families and churches raise God-smart children
I grew up in a Christian family, but reached a stage in my mid-20s when I looked around and saw that many of the Christian friends I'd grown up with weren't in church any more. As someone who was working in children’s ministry, it troubled me that children who had great experiences of church weren’t choosing a relationship with God in their teens and twenties. I was searching for an answer.
Then I came across Rachel Turner’s approach to Parenting for Faith. It was a huge mindset shift for me – a light-bulb moment – particularly her concept of a ‘God-connected’ child as opposed to a ‘God-smart’ child.
A God-smart child knows all the answers: they know how to sing the songs, find things in their Bible, act in church and be around lots of people…
But a God-connected child has a personal relationship with God: it affects every part of their day. They have a two-way communication with him. They know who he is. They know who they are – and they use that to make sense of life and the world around them.