In this post we will look at how being a father is a unique position to influence our children with the gospel.

I don’t consider myself an expert in much of anything—except meatloaf. When it comes to meatloaf I have a pretty good track record. I’m not sure what makes one an expert, but I can say, without hesitation, I am one.

One thing I’ve realized about children is they are nothing like meatloaf—except for the fact that they come in all shapes and sizes. Until my recent transition to a different role in the church, I was in student ministry for 18 years. This doesn’t make me an expert, it just makes me enlightened to a plethora of insights into my kids’ world. 

And if I can be honest, their world is a scary one.

I’m not dropping a bombshell on you here, I know. But, we should realize the world they live in is very different than the world you or I grew up in. Which is why it’s important for you to try and understand their world.



Question: You can’t battle the culture your child is living in without examining your influence with them. How’s that going? What’s one thing you need to work on? 


There’s one thing you’re not going to be able to change—the world. 

Since the fall of man, “the world” has continued to impress its influence on the people living in it. This influence begins at birth. This is why being a father is so important. You have the ability to influence your children with the gospel. Not only your children, but your children’s friends.

As my children have grown up, I’ve noticed something. Other kids like them and want to hang out with them. This floors me, because I’ve seen them in the morning and how they “deal” with each other. I’ll be transparent. They’re not the nicest of people and I pray every day they are not known as the “mean girls” at their school. To my surprise, they aren’t yet.

Being a father of four girls (two of which are teenagers), I know the importance of the culture battle with your children. As a student pastor for 18 years, I know the culture battle with your children and