Your family is the primary medium for God's grace. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or guardian, your role in raising the next generation matters. What happens at home matters just as much, if not more, than what happens at church. At Brenneman, we believe part of our job is to equip you as parents to disciple the next generation. We have curated these resources to help you navigate faith with your kids at each phase of their lives, from birth through high school graduation.
One way to maximize the opportunities to instill faith in the next generation is by leveraging the milestone moments. A milestone only comes around once, and just like a phase, we can't afford to miss them. At Brenneman, we want to partner with parents to make the most of them, from baby dedications to entering adulthood ceremonies.
As a child, Jesus was brought by Mary and Joseph to the house of the Lord. This was an act of dedication and recognition that He really belonged to God. Throughout His ministry, people brought children to Jesus and He placed His hands on each of them and blessed them.
As Christians we recognize that everything we have belongs to God, including the children born in our home. Dedication is not the salvation of the child, but is a public expression of the fact that they belong to Him.
In dedicating your child, you as parents are:
Affirming your personal faith in Christ and your desire to share this faith with your child as you model your walk with Christ in your home.
Acknowledging your commitment to be involved in the community of believers at Brenneman Church so that your child has opportunities for others to model and instill faith in your child.
Recognizing that your children belong to God and have been born to experience His love and to serve Him.
If you are interested in having your child dedicated, please fill out this form and we will follow up with you to set a date. Please attach a picture of your child that will be displayed when he/she is dedicated.
It is natural for kids in this phase to begin asking questions about Jesus and what it means to follow him. We believe it is important for kids to hear answers not only from their leaders at church, but also from parents. Click below to download the Start Here Discussion Guide developed by Orange to lead your child to an understanding of the first step: accepting Jesus as their Savior.
At Brenneman, we believe that baptism is a natural next step for a person to take after receiving Christ. Parents play a huge role in talking to their kids about the significance of baptism. Check out our baptism page for more details, what we believe about baptism, and FAQs.
Our culture lacks a rite of passage for teens as they become adults. It is up to us to create one for them, marking this time as a way to say, "Now you're an adult. It's time to leave behind childish things" (see 1 Corinthians 13:11). We encourage parents to set one of these up for their sons and daughters between ages 16-18. Download the guide below and contact the church if you're interested in hosting it at Brenneman.