Resources for Discipling Your Children

Earlier this week I asked via Twitter, "What tools are you using to disciple your children?" Of course training our children in the way they should go is a holistic endeavor involving instruction, modeling, conversation, formative and reformative discipline, planned rhythms, and spontaneous exhortation (and, of course, the local church). But as a parent I am always looking for tools to help Jen and I shepherd our four children. And, as a pastor I am always looking to pass on those resources to others.  So I threw the questions out there and got some great feedback. Below are some of the responses I got from friends on twitter. Those Jen and I have used in our home are marked with an *.

If you have other recommended resources for discipling your children share in the comments.


Jesus Story Book Bible*

The Gospel Story Bible

Seek and Find Bible (ESV)*

Grow! ESV Children's Bible*

Children's Bible Reading Plans, David P. Murray (free downloads)* And here is the download for the 12 month morning and evening plan.

Fighter Verses A five year Scripture memory program that focuses on 1) the character and worth of our great God, 2) battling against our fleshly desires, and 3) the hope of the Gospel.

Books & Devotional Guides

Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God "...a family devotional program designed to explain God’s plan of salvation through the Old Testament and is suitable for children from preschool through high school."

One Year of Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion Starters, Nancy Guthrie A tool allowing family members to "take turns turning to the dinner-table devotion for that day, designed to be done together as a family in 10 to 15 minutes."

Big Truths for Young Hearts, Bruce Ware "The book covers ten topics of systematic theology, devoting several brief chapters to each subject, making it possible for parents to read one chapter per day with their children."

Short Steps for Long Gains (booklet) "...a tool to help Christians get together in pairs to look at the Bible, pray and share their lives."


The Westminster Shorter Catechism (free online)

Training Hearts, Teaching Minds, Starr Meade * "Family devotions based on the Shorter Catechism."

The Westminster Shorter Catechism Songs: The Complete CD Set Yep, the Shorter Catechism put to music.

Truth and Grace Memory Books, Tom Ascol * "A solid plan for Scripture memory, exposure to great hymns and catechetical instruction."

Audio/Video Helps

The Westminster Shorter Catechism Songs: The Complete CD Set

Story of God for Kids (free audio download)

Basic Training, R.C. Sproul (DVD series) Dr. R.C. Sproul provides "a concise explanation of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity in the Apostles’ Creed."

Seeds Worship* Scripture put to music.

Rizers* Scripture put to pop-rock music.