“I gave my heart and soul to my pastoral ministry at church, and my wife and children got the scraps. I was living an unbiblical, hollow Christian life, while at the same time receiving accolades for my public ministry. I have spoken with many pastors and missionaries over the years who had “discipled” hundreds of people, but they lost the souls of their own children. Some were even told, “Trust your children to the Lord! You need to focus on your ministry.” Nowhere in Scripture does God command parents to abdicate the spiritual training to others so that they can “focus on ministry.” Instead, God calls His people to begin their Kingdom ministry at home.“
Rob Rienow- founder of Visionary Family Ministries
Who are the inspirational people in your life- those individuals who move you in positive ways?
One of mine happens to be Dr. Rob Rienow. He is not only passionate about the vital role of parents in the lives of children, but he also happens to be a great writer. I was blessed by an article he recently wrote for Mission Frontiers titled The Essential Role of the Family in World Evangelism. I encourage you to take the time to read this informative and inspirational article which rightfully empowers parents with the primary role of evangelism and discipleship of their children.
Keenly aware that no one else can or should take his place, Dr. Rienow considers his most important ministry that of loving his wife and leading his six children to follow God. Rob is the founder of Visionary Family Ministries (www.visionaryfam.com) which exists to build the Church through a global reformation of family discipleship.
In reference to the verses below, Dr. Rienow states that ” I want to be a father like this. I want to tell my children all about praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, so that they would tell their children who are not even born yet. At the heart of the advance of the gospel is the call to parents to impress the hearts of their children with a love for God and for His Word.” I pray that his testimony and insights inspire parents across our land to rise up and own the responsibility of teaching God’s Word to their own children and not assuming a church or school can adequately assume their role.
“O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from old; what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders He has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so that the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.”
Psalms 78: 1-7