Calling All Dads to the Front Seat
By Tim Welch, Dean of Students
If there is any responsibility that I hope a dad excels at more than all the rest, it would be the spiritual mentorship and discipleship of his children. Deuteronomy 6 states, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” It goes on to say, “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
There are two lessons here that are essential to our success as spiritual fathers. First, God wants the home to be the primary place where our children learn about faith. Second, God intended spiritual training to be part of the daily routine of family life.
One way Valor strives to best support fathers and mothers in leadership roles is through Men’s and Women’s Bible studies. Men of Valor (MOV) is a Men’s Bible study open to all Valor dads, that meets most Thursday mornings, 6:30-7:30 am. MOV has been meeting for eleven years now, encouraging and training dads to be the spiritual leaders of their families. Each week, through incredible teaching, fellowship, and discussion, Valor dads sharpen iron with other Valor dads. We dads come from all walks of life, but I hope we are all focused on the same outcome: spiritually mentoring and discipling our families effectively.
In the process of incorporating your own growing faith into your family’s lives, you as a dad will also be building stronger relationships so your children will want to follow in your footsteps. Have you ever heard, “people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”? This is especially true among the people in your home. MOV weekly offers a challenge, an example, or practical take away for you to implement in your own Christian walk, and in discussions with your family.
Dad, maybe you feel like you are not strong enough in your faith to be an effective spiritual leader. It is a big responsibility, but our Heavenly Father doesn’t give us a task and then forget to equip us to complete that task. We can overcome feeling inadequate in our role as spiritual equippers of our children. When you begin to grow your faith and fill your spiritual cup, the overflow of your development will overflow on your family. The spiritual bus of your student is moving! Come check out Men of Valor and sit in the front seat with other Valor dads as we forge together in training our children to be leaders who will go out and transform the world for Christ.
Finally, I am sure that many Valor dads have a thriving and cultivating faith. Praise God! Probably, one of the reasons you brought your child to Valor is the spiritual partnership we offer. You too have a place in our Thursday mornings. Come share what God has given to you over the years with other Valor dads while picking up a few nuggets yourself.
Because of COVID-19 and Colorado regulations, it will be difficult for us to meet at Valor to start the school year. For the first couple months of the Fall, we will gather together virtually. Contact me for additional MOV details and to be added to the email list. Each week you will receive a quick communication that introduces the speaker for that week and the Zoom meeting link. We look forward to you joining this community of Valor dads.