Season: 9 Episode: 141
School is starting. Are you ready!
Your kids are being bombarded with trans ideas, identity issues, and the idea that truth doesn’t exist. What are you doing about it?
Kristen from Not of This World talks about how to shape your child’s worldview around the dinner table and we get into the reality of what we face as parents in today’s culture. The good news: you can intercept these ideas with simple conversations.
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Kristen Clabaugh is a wife of 13 years and a mother to a seven and ten year old. She works part-time as a substitute teacher, as well as in the nursery of her church. She is a Sunday-school teacher to sixth-eighth grade girls, on the Youth Advisory Committee at her church and is a as leader of a monthly children/parent service project through her church called Terrific Tuesdays. Kristen is the founder of Not of This World Kids, a ministry whose goal is to help parents teach their kids to live for God in an ungodly world. She prays these children are able to discern right from wrong from a Biblical standpoint and to go against culture when Biblically necessary. She loves camping, hiking with her dog, mountain-biking, photography, interior design, fashion, creating special memories with her family and spending time every morning with God and His Word.
Tell us about Not of This World and why you started it?
This is a great resource for parents with children. 1) it encourages them to eat together where natural conversation takes place. 2) it helps them nurture conversations that might be otherwise difficult to start without being intentional. Tell us about some of the topics you cover.
School is starting and parents are sending their kids back into the battleground. What do parents need to do to equip their kids in the time we’re living? How do your resources prepare them for that?
I want to read a shocking new statistic coming out of arizonachristian.edu:
“A new nationwide survey of America’s Christian pastors shows that a majority of pastors lack a biblical worldview. In fact, just slightly more than a third (37%) possess a biblical worldview. And the majority—62%—hold a hybrid worldview known as Syncretism.
These shocking findings are part of the American Worldview Inventory 2022. It is conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University and administered to Christian pastors to better understand the worldviews that drive their thinking and behavior.
One of the more concerning revelations emerging from the research is the worldview of pastors. Pastors who work with young people, Barna noted. The study found that only 12% of Children’s and Youth Pastors hold a biblical worldview. And among Teaching Pastors, the level of biblical worldview is a mere 13%.
“A person’s worldview primarily develops before the age of 13, then goes through a period of refinement during their teens and twenties. Therefore, from a worldview development perspective, a church’s most important ministers are the Children’s Pastor and the Youth Pastor,” Barna said.
“Discovering that seven out of every eight of those pastors lack a biblical worldview helps to explain why so few among the nation’s youngest generations are developing a heart and mind for biblical principles and ways of life, and why our society seems to have run wild over the last decade,” Barna explained.
What alarm bells should this send parents and what should it motivate them to do for their kids?
I believe it was Voddie Bauchaum who said Sunday school was the worst thing created by the church because parents passed Christian education to the church and sat on the bench. Do you agree with this? Why or why?