Our Mission

To point parents to Christ and encourage with the Gospel.

The 3 Core Tenets (Our Values)

When we began brainstorming what Fierce Parenting might look like, it became clear to us that we must affix our thinking, our behaviors, and our beliefs on what God’s Word has to say about family, kids, and parenting. Without the Bible as our anchor, we’re likely to be tossed every which way by our circumstances, our moods, our culture, and our peers.

So we settled on the three foundational tenets below that drive every conversation we hope to facilitate through this platform.

Many of the difficulties we experience as parents are the result of believing lies when it comes to how and why we engage in the actions of parenting. We believe the three statements below, when believed through a gospel lens, will radically transform how we love and raise our children.

1. Kids are a blessing

Children aren’t an accessory, they’re not a burden, they’re not nuisances, and they’re not in the way. They are a blessing from God himself! Our parental perspective of our children can either reflect the reality that they’re a blessing or we can deny it, but the truth remains: children are a blessing because God says they’re a blessing.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
 the fruit of the womb a reward. (Psalm 127:3–6)

See also: Ephesians 6:1-3; Colossians 3:20; Psalms 78:5-8, 127:3-5, 139:13-16; Proverbs 4:1, 6:20

2. Family is God’s idea

Family is not merely a social idea that evolved within culture. The traditional family unit—a household with one mother and one father who are joined in a covenantal marriage—has been designed by God for  the flourishing of humanity. When we acknowledge that God designed family, our view of its priority is transformed. We can then take full responsibility for our roles in the family.

In the book of Ephesians, chapters 5 and 6 provide succinct clarity of the structure of the family unit as well as the roles and responsibilities of each family member. The verse below is best interpreted within the context of chapters 5 and 6:

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” (Ephesians 6:1–3)

See also: Ephesians 3:14-15; Genesis 1:26-28; Romans 8:15,23; John 1:12; Galatians 3:29; Psalm 78:5-7; Deuteronomy 6:4-9

3. All of parenting is discipleship

Parents are faced with countless decisions each day. What governs the decisions we make? We believe that when we view all of parenting as discipleship, everything changes. Every choice has context: raising our children to know, love, and obey God.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

Practical Application

Tools like these are only as useful as far as they can be understood and applied. We believe that every question in modern parenting may be addressed by considering the biblical roots of these core tenets.

For example, let’s say your 12 year old wants to participate in a certain extracurricular activity, so they approach you as convincingly as possible. Without a framework in mind, your first thought may be one of schedule, convenience, cost, commitment, and peer influence. How adamant our kids are will influence our parental fortitude as well, i.e. “Is this a battle I’m willing to fight?” Those are all relevant factors to consider, but is there more?

What if the answers to those functional questions flowed from a deeper well? What if we began to ask: how does this activity aid in discipleship of our child? Does this commitment reinforce the overall mission of our home? How does this activity reflect our prioritization of family? And finally, how can I as their parent, use this actual decision making process as an opportunity to disciple my child? Of course, these are just a few ways to get the conversational ball rolling.

As you continue throughout each day as a parent with these tenets in mind, it will be come apparent just how foundational every small decision can be to the development and spiritual growth of your child.

To read more about the underlying beliefs that inform these tenets, follow the link below.