Episode 5: Equipping Parents to Practice Soul Care (with Kari Gross)

by | Sep 26, 2023

Kari Gross joins us for another episode! Today we are discussing how Sunday School came into the Church, the importance of shepherding our child’s heart, and the connection to creating a culture of biblical soul care in your church.

For much of this podcast, we have focused on biblical soul care within your church. In this episode, we are talking about the implications a culture of biblical soul care should have in the home and how we as pastors and church leaders can support parents in caring for the soul of each of their children.


Key Takeaways

  1. Start with the parents. In order to create a culture of biblical soul care in your church, you need to start with parents. Biblical soul care at its core encompasses evangelizing and disciplining which overlaps with the role of parents. It’s important to equip and give parents the tools they need to be able to bring soul care into the home and to the hearts of their children.
  2. When parents do not feel equipped, they defer to professionals. We have a God-given call to shepherd the hearts of our children, but often parents feel ill-equipped to fulfill this call. When this happens, we frequently see parents deferring their role to professionals and people outside the church.
  3. Consider ways you can “give children back” to their parents. How are children cared for within your church? Is it in a format that separates parents from children? Or does it equip and incorporate both parents and children together? As church leaders, we can give parents back their appropriate, God-given role by focusing on creating family-oriented teaching opportunities.


Meet Kari

Kari Gross is an executive assistant for Biblical Counseling Ministries since March 2022. She has an MA in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary and holds a certification from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Kari and her husband, Brett, have four children and live in Bloomington, Illinois where they attend Immanuel Baptist Church.

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