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Although the church plays a vital role in training and equipping families to be strong in the Lord, parents have the greatest influence on their children. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 commands us not only to love the Lord with all our heart but also to impress our faith on our children’s hearts. As families spend time together in the Word and prayer with an intentional focus on discipleship, they grow and mature in the Lord, contributing to a stronger, healthier church.

My husband and I have served in ministry for over 16 years, and our passion is to equip parents to disciple their children. Discipling our family doesn’t happen by chance; it requires intentionality. One practical way to assist parents is to provide a resource center with a curated list of books and resources. Parents have a strong desire to be the best parent possible, but many of them lack resources. Our church purchased books, D6 devotional study guides, and booklets that our own family has utilized over the years. And we did it for less than $400!

Here are some of our favorite titles we’ve discovered thanks to our church’s resource center:

  • 3 copies of Five Reasons for Spiritual Apathy by Rob Rienow
  • 3 copies of Visionary Marriage by Rob Rienow
  • 3 copies of Tech Savvy Parenting by Brian Housman
  • 3 copies of Visionary Parenting by Rob Rienow
  • 3 copies of 52 Creative Family Time Experiences by Tim Smith
  • 3 copies of Legacy Path by Brian Haynes
  • 10 copies of Parent Checkups for Mom by Richard Ross
  • 10 copies of Parent Checkups for Dad by Richard Ross
  • 10 copies of the Parenting Teens brochure
  • First Aid for Emotional Hurts by Eddie Moody
  • First Aid booklets:
    • Marriage
    • Veterans
    • Addiction
    • Depression
    • Finding Help
    • Grief
    • Helping Children with Emotional Problems
    • Helping Children with Learning Problems
    • Sexual Issues
    • First Aid For Your Health: 10 Therapeutic Life Changes
  • Smart Stepfamily by Ron L. Deal
  • Co-Parenting Works! by Tammy Daughtry
  • Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

Each church will handle the logistics of a resource center in its own unique way. Our church offers booklets and study guides to families for free; books are available for purchase.

Lena Wooten


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