Discipleship at Its Strongest: The Home
“…in the home, all three strands of discipleship are always happening…”
The most powerful place that discipleship happens is the home. This is because in the home, all three strands of discipleship are always happening, and for the most part, happening unintentionally.
Immersion: Kids are immersed into a family where they have to learn a language. In fact, long before any of us learned what a noun or verb was, we learned how to speak English because we were immersed in it. Kids listen to their family members speak, experiment with words on their own, and then fail forward into fluency. And they do this with basically everything they need to know: Eating. Walking. Hygiene. Clothing. You name it. They learn it in their home.
Apprenticeship: We are all apprenticed by our parents, like it or not. For anyone who has kids, remember the first time you realized you were doing exactly what your parents did with you? We watch and imitate our parents constantly. It’s impossible not to do it.
Classroom: What we believe about most of the world is based on the content we had passed on to us when we were growing up, and which we then pass on to our kids.