The lessons are written for kids so they are easy to understand. The lessons are non-denominational – we don’t get into denomination issues in the lessons. The lessons are also written in discussion format, so if you need a strong track to run on you can read the lesson and it will work. But if you want to use the lesson as an outline and put in your own examples or illustrations, that makes the lesson yours. When questions are asked in the lesson, there are suggested answers given as another teaching aid.
Currently, three of the lesson books (Ten Commandments 1, Heroes of the Bible, and Christian Character) contain several lessons where a gospel invitation is given at the end of the lesson. Each of these Gospel Invitations have been written by a Dad who currently participates or has participated in our Practice Ministries Dads and kids Bible Studies. Lastly, in many of the LEADERBOOKS there is a section where answers are given to the WORKBOOK questions. All of our materials are available in print or download form.
The WORKBOOKS are developed to give you and your son or daughter a way to sit down and prepare for Bible Study together. This time has become many Dads and kids favorite thing about doing Bible Study together. Each WORKBOOK lesson corresponds to the LEADERBOOK lesson of the same number and is a 1-page lesson summary. Questions are asked – some with a specific Bible verse reference – some are open-ended. The fun is sitting down with your child the afternoon or night before Bible Study and going through the questions and coming up with the answers together. This automatically puts you in the spiritual leadership position in the home. Not required but definitely worth it!
I’ve been blessed to have had a strong bond with my dad throughout the years, in large part I think because our relationship is grounded in Christ. I can’t remember a time when we weren’t attending father-daughter Bible study once a month. No matter what was going on in our lives, my dad made it a priority for us to be there and study God’s word together.
The impact that our father-daughter Bible study had on me is immeasurable. Regardless of the topic discussed, I always left equipped with new knowledge and understanding of Christ.
Family is the most important thing in my life, and so, to be able to grow closer to God together with my dad was a huge blessing.
I would just like to say a huge THANK YOU for doing the Lord’s work in bringing families together through father/daughter Bible study. My daughter and I just graduated from the program last May after 10 years, and I can tell you that it was truly an amazing experience. I got to watch as my little girl grew into a God-loving woman. She has graduated high school and is off to college now.
In retrospect, taking 30 minutes every month to get up early and study God’s word, was a true blessing in our lives. We certainly bonded through the process, and it was a blessing that we could share this time together.
For those of you who are considering starting or joining a Bible study, please do. The blessings of teaching your child about Christ are immeasurable. Not to mention you get to learn a few things yourself. The fellowship among Dads and daughters is great as well. You will certainly not regret it.
Jodie T III
I am an intern at Exile International which rescues abducted child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda and works to restore them physically, emotionally, and spiritually through rehabilitative care. Exile International began using Practice Ministries Curriculum last year with our children in group settings that we call Peace Clubs. Since we have started using it, we have had 78 baptisms! We are so grateful for Practice Ministries.
SS, Exile International
Practice Ministries conferences for next year will see a significant increase in participation because the news keeps spreading very fast and invitations keep coming by the week due to its impact on fathers and their families.
Emmanuel A-B, South Africa
People who work with kids ask for your material on apologetics and even teenagers asked us to finish the translation as soon as we can.
Alexey and Larissa A, Russia
We appreciate your initiative and help for translating the bible study books “Christian Character” and “Apologetics” in Nepali. This project is a good means for strengthening Christian families in Nepali churches. There is a great need of such materials in the country.
Bishnu R, Nepal
I am very grateful to you for sending me your Bible lessons. These lessons will help ministers in remote areas where adequate discipleship training cannot be easily offered.
Naing H, Burma
I am convicted and fully persuaded that what has worked in the United States for many fathers can also work in Liberia and Africa for fathers and children. Just a thought of the impact of this program on the lives of fathers and children have become a source of motivation for me. What better thing will a father ever envisage for his children other than to see them grow in character and in relationship with the Lord Jesus? This is our heartbeat!
Stephen W, Liberia
I am so thankful that my dad chose to participate in Practice Ministries over 20 years ago. Those mornings with my dad studying the Bible are still a cherished memory. Practice Ministries allowed for a time of growth in me during my most formative years. Getting to spend that time with my dad pursuing the Lord will be something I will be forever grateful for.
Practice Ministries was an opportunity to share my love of Jesus with my girls. It was the first opportunity I experienced where I took ownership and leadership with them on their faith journey. Bottom line, this is great for fathers and their children to share the most important thing in life, knowing, learning about, and trusting Jesus.
These Bible studies have been a huge blessing and have given me so many memories.
Melinda and I continue to talk about how meaningful the last decade has been for us and our three boys. We have all made good friends, grown closer to God, and grown closer to each other as a result of Practice Ministries.
Blake C Family
Story Greetings from Rwanda in the Mighty Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I wanted to let you know that we had a successful gathering of 120 senior church leaders, elders, lay leaders, men and women ministry leaders from different churches in Rubavu district. This was an event organized in conjunction with Every Home for Christ Rwanda and Practice Ministries Rwanda. I got a chance to share what we believe in as Practice ministries and gave opportunities for the church leaders to access our study materials. Church leaders were more than happy to have such quality training material available. I have many invitations from the senior Pastors to go and introduce this especially to their men in their churches. What a great time and opportunity, I can’t wait to see lives transformed through this ministry – I just get to be part of this.
John S, Rwanda
There is no better work we do than encouraging our children to be followers of Jesus Christ. Of all that we invest with our time, our talents, our gifts and our treasures, the greatest fruit will emerge from the meaningful time we spend with our families.
Morgan & I are both enjoying our time with each other and time with the group. Last year I thought it was important for Morgan to know what girls she could really turn to in a tough moment; now I am also realizing the same is true among the Dads.
I asked Peter to give me some thoughts about the Bible Study and his quick answer was “I get to see everybody. I got to learn more about the Bible even more than in Sunday school because there are not as many people. The food is good.” I was amazed at how fast he responded. It told me that he really enjoys it. Believe me, Peter would tell me if he did not like it.
I have had so many people both in our church, at work, play etc. ask about your curriculum. I know God is working in our home.
I would say that Practice Ministries has helped us become a better family.
BEST Morning with Dad has been a catalyst for dozens of dads and sons in our neighborhood school to connect in their faith. It’s the best morning of the school week.
Seeing how you do what you do I thought I would pass on that after helping teach my daughter’s Sunday School, she told me unsolicited that she loved me. When I asked why, (expecting to hear that it is because I take care of her, buy her things, take her to movies), her response was simply, “Because you teach me about God.” I slept well that night.
We’re excited about partnering with Practice Ministries. Bible studies that dads do with their kids during the school year will complement our summer camp teaching about the life of Christ; and will in turn equip our camp dads & moms to lead their children as God means for them to do.
The thing I like most about it is the special time it allows me to spend with each child. This time is so different than any other during the week. There are no distractions, no outside activities, just incredible one-on-one time with the most precious gift the Lord has given me.
Dr. Ken M
From a mom’s point of view, I’ve watched these dads lead these young girls through discussions on subjects on inner beauty, effects of gossip and the importance of friendship from what the Bible has to say about them. That dad teaches the message makes it more meaningful than if it comes from mom.
Practice Ministries has been much more than just a Bible study for me and my son–it has provided a standing, consistent time frame for us to spend time together, allowing him to know that learning about and serving Christ can be a normal, down to earth, everyday, how you live experience.
Having a weekly Bible Study with both my daughter and son has been nothing short of incredible. It certainly challenges me every week to model a Christ centered life. It is amazing to see the kids starting to “own” the truth.