AP believes Jesus made it pretty simple.
He said that we were to love God and our neighbor (Luke 10:27) and to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus lived this and he beckons us to follow him. We believe that parenting does not exist as a special exception to these two mandates, having it's own unique biblical criteria and structure. We believe any attempt to fashion a biblical view of parenting based only on "parenting" verses of Scripture misses the forest for the trees, and falls short of the wonder & joy that God has called us to in parenting, a calling based on love and discipleship.
The Bible is not a parenting manual, it's a love story about a Father and his adopted children. From this divine story, a vision emerges of what it means to be a parent. Our parenting should flow from this example.
We believe that God has pursued you at great cost to make known His love and delight for you as his son or daughter and to equip you to live a life of peace and joy.
The Father is Pursuing and Equipping his children. His pursuit of us is driven by a Delighting spirit (Psalm 18:19) and the Long-view (Hebrews 12:11). At AP, we believe parents are called to reflect to our own sons and daughters the same patient, delighting, and pursuing love and equipping power shown to us by our Father in heaven. This process of reflecting what we ourselves have received and learned is at the heart of discipleship. At AP we have chosen the term Apprenticeship, rather than Discipleship, in order to help people embrace a spiritual view of parenting that is more than just religious training. Jesus walked, ate, and taught alongside twelve men (and many women) and poured himself into their lives in an intimate time-consuming manner for three years. Out of that relational investment a family as numerous as the stars was born. Who knows what God will give birth to through your Apprenticeship investment in your son or daughter?