John Murchison is the Director of Children's Ministry at The Austin Stone. He is husband to Sarah and father to Waverly and Lucy. He is passionate about making disciples of children rather than "mini-Pharisees," and about teaching children the gospel over morality. He desires to help parents see themselves as missionaries on mission to and through their children. He's also a fan of Pixar movies, all things Disney, comic books, and video games, and uses his job as an excuse to do "research" in these areas.
However you decide to lead your family this Halloween, chances are your kids will be jealous of what some of their friends get to do that they can't participate in. How can you respond with truth and love?
What most families need is not to do more things, but do live out their calling as a missionary in the things they are already doing. To be on mission, families don't need a shift in activity, but a shift in identity.
When talking with parents of young children about the idea of being in a Missional Community, of joining a small group of believers who work together to declare and demonstrate the gospel, I usually get one of two responses.