Your Child’s Spiritual Development

By Sheila Seifert
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Do you want your children to grow closer to God, but don't know how to encourage them in their walk? Find articles on how to lead your child to Jesus and how to teach them faith basics. 

Do you want your children to become and live more like Jesus, but don’t know how to encourage them in their growth? To help you navigate your children’s spiritual development, we’ve compiled a list of faith topics, all from a parenting or kids’ perspective.

Salvation: Leading Your Children to Christ

For parents:
Introducing Your Children to God by Larry Fowler

A salvation story for kids:
Saving Grace by Cayleen Gardner

An article for tweens:
Are You a Sheep? by Kathryn M. Graves

Foundations of Faith

Evidence for the Resurrection by Alex McFarland
Defending the Faith by Alex McFarland
God . . . the Father? by Vance Fry
How to Read the Bible — as a Family by Janine Petry
Resurrection: The Most Important Truth by Sean McDowell
Teaching God’s Big Story by Michelle Anthony

Spiritual growth topics in alphabetical order:

The Bible and Bible Reading

God’s Word Is True by Kurt Bruner and others
Studying the Bible as a Family by Larry Fowler
When the Bible Isn’t G-Rated by Jessica Thompson

Faith

A Faith That Sticks by Kara Powell
A Logical Faith by Nancy Pearcey
What the Bible Says About Faith by Andy Stanley

Fruit of the Spirit

Love

Do Your Kids Know You Love Them? by Danny Huerta

Peace

Everyday Peacemakers by Jeannie Cunnion

Goodness

Nurturing a Servant’s Heart in Kids by Henry Blackaby and Sheila Seifert

Identity and Direction

‘Who am I?’ — Your Child’s Identity by Kurt Bruner and others
What Should Kids Choose: Discovering God’s Will in Big Decisions by John Ortberg

Persecution and Disaster

Living in a Broken World by Philip Yancey
Talking to Kids About Natural Disasters by Vance Fry
Talking to Kids About the Persecuted Church by Sheila Seifert

Spiritual Warfare

Teaching Kids About Spiritual Warfare by Rachelle Wiggins

Talking to God

The Gift of Prayer: Ask, Seek, Knock by Amy Parker
Hard Prayers to Pray for Your Kids by Shona Neff

This archive of spiritual development articles is copyrighted © 2016 by Focus on the Family.

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About the Author

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Sheila Seifert

Sheila Seifert is the editorial director of parenting content for Focus on the Family magazine, the author of over 20 books and the founder of Simple Literature.

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