The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Creating spiritual identity

Parents help teach kids to see themselves as children of God

Kids identify themselves in a variety of ways. Young children learn to see themselves as sons or daughters, brothers or sisters. Through their daily activities, older children view themselves in additional ways: students, athletes, musicians, the list goes on.

Growing up with an overarching sense of belonging to God is a vital way for kids to define themselves. Helping them tap into their identities as children of God is something parents can nurture.

"Parents are apostles, priests and bishops for their kids," said Pat Eidsness, a lay mission developer and associate in ministry at Westside Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, S.D. "What happens at home literally doubles the chances that kids will grow up connected to a church and seeing God in their lives."

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