Being a parent is no easy task. It’s one of the greatest joys in life, but so often, you feel that nagging twinge in your gut that makes you wonder, “Am I doing this whole parenting thing right?” There’s good news for you—you don’t have to parent alone. That’s actually where child dedication comes in. You get to stand in front of your church family and commit to raising your child according to biblical teachings. But the best part? You’re committing to do it with your church family.
Child dedication is an opportunity for you to meet other parents and trusted leaders who will join you in the parenting trenches and speak truth over your kids. We know that, as a parent, you are the most important influence in your child’s life. But you’re not the only influence your child needs. And that can relieve a lot of the parenting pressure because you get to partner with people who will love and lead your child well.
When you dedicate your child, you’re deciding that you’ll raise your kids knowing who Jesus is. And this matters because your kids won’t become fully devoted followers of Christ by accident. We’ve got to lead our kids on purpose. Check out what Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NIV says about this:
Hear, O Israel: The Lᴏʀᴅ our God, the Lᴏʀᴅ is one. Love the Lᴏʀᴅ your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
We love God with everything in us, and we model that for our kids because we know that our example is far more powerful than our words. We teach our kids what it looks like to follow Jesus. And we talk about it and think about it often. Leading kids to become fully devoted followers of Christ isn’t a checkbox on a parenting to-do list. It’s an intentional, ongoing conversation that shapes who they are now and who they become later.
If you would like to sign your child up to dedicate them to the Lord, please fill out the form below.