I’ve been haunted by a question lately: do most people’s most pivotal spiritual experiences happen with their family or without their family?
The more and more I talk with people, the same answer I continue to get. Most people’s most pivotal spiritual experiences happen when they are not with their family. It happens at youth camp or youth group. It happens off at college with a group of peers. It happens in a one-on-one conversation with someone outside the family.
While I praise God for all of those programs and people, I also find that a disconnect from the family serves to have long-term negative effects. When youth group becomes your place for spiritual growth, those people have a hard time growing when they aren’t in the youth group anymore. That student moves to college, that student pastor has new students to watch over, and unfortunately, that person no longer has a spiritual mentor in his or her life.
But, they should. Dad and Mom should be the primary evangelist and disciple-maker in that child’s life.
Most people’s most pivotal spiritual experiences happen without their family.
And we need to change that.