Family Discipleship

Spiritual Leadership in the Home

In partnership with Bethlehem College & Seminary

Fathers Discipling Children

Jason DeRouchie (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a mission-minded dad, author, elder, and professor, who is committed to helping others exalt Jesus and the hope of the gospel from all of Scripture. Jason and his wife Teresa have six children, three from Ethiopia. He serves as Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary and is the editor of What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible and author of How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to Theology.

Reflection Questions
  1. What does it mean to disciple our children?
  2. DeRouchie applies Deuteronomy 6:4–7 in two major ways. What are they?
  3. What does DeRouchie say the result is when parents do not teach their children diligently?

Resources for this course prepared by David Clifford from Bethlehem College & Seminary.

Teaching Theology in the Family

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he’s served on the pastoral staff for 28 years. He and his wife, Lois, have six children, ages 13-23.  Marty is the author of The Ology, a systematic theology for grade school children.  Marty’s other books include Long Story Short, Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, The Gospel Story Sunday School Curriculum and The Gospel Story Bible. Marty also serves as the Executive Editor for Children’s Resources for New Growth Press. To discover more resources by Marty Machowski, visit

Reflection Question

What is the problem with not addressing our child’s heart but giving them good theology?

Family Worship: Leading as a Father, Mentoring as a Pastor

Don Whitney has been Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY since 2005. He is the founder and president of The Center for Biblical Spirituality. He is also the author of many books, including Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Praying the Bible (Crossway, 2015), and Family Worship (2006; Crossway 2016). Don lives with his wife Caffy in their home near Louisville.

Gospel Parenting

Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author, and conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a not-for-profit organization whose mission statement is “connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life.”

This vision has led Paul to write many books on Christian living and travel around the world preaching and teaching. Paul’s driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks with practical hope into all the things people experience in this broken world.

With a pastor’s heart for pastors, he is also the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care.

Paul lives in Philadelphia and is hopelessly in love with his wife, Luella. They have four grown children.

Wisdom in Parenting

Gil McConnell is Pastor for Children and Family Discipleship at Bethlehem Baptist Church North Campus.