1 Simple Way to Get Families to Have a Spiritual Talk on the Drive Home

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At the church I serve at our biggest goal is to help families take Sunday into the week.

And we believe, the first step is getting families talking about God on the car ride home because when they do that, they’re more likely to have spiritual conversations during the rest of the week.

So we created something called:  “On the Drive Home.”

For parents, it’s a small section at the top of their Family Devotional.

For kids, it’s a strip of paper we give to them.

Here’s what a Spiritual Talk question looks like for parents:

Spiritual Talk Parents

If parents aren’t sure how to answer, they won’t ask the question (and probably give up ever trying again).

So instead of leaving it up to chance, we give them 3-5 ideas on how to answer the question.

That way they look like Superknowitallmom or Superknowitalldad every time (the kids paper doesn’t have the ideas).

This is especially helpful to parents who may be new to following Jesus.

Here’s what a Spiritual Talk question looks like for kids:

Spiritual Talk Kids

We start off with a silly/fun question because kids love them.

We put the lighter question first because we don’t want kids rushing past the spiritual question to get to the fun question.

The second questions is the same as what the parents get minus the ideas.

 

A Couple Extra Notes on the Strategy

We give both the parents and kids the “On the Drive Home” because it doubles the chances of the questions being asked and discussed.

Parents get ideas to make it more likely they’ll ask the question.

And kids get a fun extra question to make it more likely they’ll ask the question.

Because when families talk about God and experience how fun and life-giving it can be, they’ll want to do it more often, and that is that point at which they’ll take Sunday into every week.

 

Is there anything special you do to help families take Sunday into the week? We’re always trying to learn, so please leave a comment.

And if this was helpful, I’d love for you to share it with anybody you think would benefit.

As always thanks so much for reading!

 

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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  1. Kendall says:

    Is there a way to purchase these questions? I love this idea and would love to implement it! Does it go along with your curriculum?

    • Brandon Horst says:

      We use a curriculum called “Orange,” which we absolutely love, and we base the question off the main idea we teach each week, You could really do it with any curriculum. For the fun questions, I just googled “fun questions,” haha.

  2. Christie says:

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing! As a parent, I’m pretty sure I’d actually use that, haha.

    As to other ideas, I have created a devotional book specifically for my pre-K curriculum that has 5 simple, interactive devotions for each lesson. They take about 3 minutes a day. Families can follow along and go deeper into Scripture at home, and it also helps them develop the habit of family devotions. The families at my church are loving it, and I can see the difference it’s made in the lives of my own kids! I hope it’s ok to post a link – I think it’s quite a unique devotional book from what I’ve seen out there. (which is why I wrote it in the first place, haha)

    • Brandon Horst says:

      I’d love to see the devotional. A 4 day family devo comes with the curriculum we use, which we customize each week, and we’re always trying to make it better.

      • Christie says:

        I was giving out this 5-day one as a handout each week, and had a few families using it (although more used it when I passed out a month at a time than when I did it week-by-week). But now that it’s been published into an actual book, they almost all use it! It’s quite surprising the difference that format has made.
        http://www.wiseforsalvation.com/the-book.html

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