Legacy Milestones

LEGACY MILESTONES

At MSBC we have adopted the Legacy Milestone model in order to intentionally recognize and celebrate seven major milestones in the lives of those who are committed to following Christ, from birth to heaven.  These milestones are detailed below. In addition to these milestones, there is also a parent summit that occurs twice yearly to equip families with resources and ideas to faithfully parent and "drive" their faith at home.

Milestone 1: Parent/Baby Dedication

  • Parents, through a two hour required seminar, learn how to become primary faith trainers for their children and accept the responsibility.
  • During the ceremony, the church body commits to partner with the parents in the faith development of the child for the duration of the journey.

Milestone 2: Baptism and Salvation

  • Between Milestone #1 and Milestone #2, we partner with and equip parents to lead their kids toward a personal relationship with Jesus Christ which leads toward salvation.
  • Parents are encouraged to attend a seminar that teaches the biblical truth about salvation and baptism.  Parents are equipped and given resources to lead family devotions in their homes where these principles are taught.
  • To make this milestone step memorable and special, families can include a Spiritual Birthday celebration which focuses on the child's date of salvation and a family celebration at and following the child's baptism event.

Milestone 3: Preparing for Adolescence

  • Parents are encouraged to attend a two hour seminar called Preparing for Adolescence: Parent Edition. This seminar teaches the basics concerning talking with your kids about relevant issues such as physical changes, identity in Christ, and sex.
  • Parents will learn how to use James Dobson's CD series called Preparing for Adolescence in the course of a road trip for just you and your maturing child.

Milestone 4: Purity for Life

  • The  Student Ministry partners with parents by teaching students the importance of accountability, healthy friendships, and biblical standards for purity.
  • At the same time we think it is much more important for students to learn these principles from their parents. We coach parents to focus on these issues in family devotions and intentional conversations throughout the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade years.
  • In our parent seminar we provide resources to help in those conversations and devotions. We encourage all students and parents to participate in Purity for Life weekend on our campus during the seniorg high years. Parents give their student a ring as a symbol of the purity commitment made by the teenager.

Milestone 5: Rite of Passage

  • In our seminar we will equip you to disciple your freshmen and sophomore students for adulthood. Issues such as spiritual gifts, the roles of men and women, spiritual disciplines, service in the church, dealing with failure, and other Biblical issues will be explored both in your family devotion and on the church campus.
  • We teach parents to host a very special "Rite of Passage" ceremony as the discipleship process has been completed and the student enters his or her 16th year of life.

Milestone 6: Preparing My Student to Leave Home

  • Between the ages of 16 and 18, parents must help their students develop the practical and spiritual skills to leave home. Our seminar teaches parents how to prepare their students for the world outside of the nest.
  • Issues such as basic apologetics, courtship and marriage, determining the will of God, life skills for living away from home, and other biblical issues will be explored both in family devotions and on the church campus.
  • We teach parents to write out a spiritual blessing for their child to be presented at the Senior Summit just before graduation. These important years of discipleship are our last chance to shape the faith of our children before they are on their own.

Milestone 7: Life in Christ

  • I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. - John 15:5
  • Life in Christ is experienced by every adult believer no matter one's life stage or circumstances.  Day by day, life in Christ is learning to remain in Him.

Components of Legacy Milestones

  • Faith Talks: Weekly family time set aside when everyone will be there.  Intentional talks based on Scripture (could be family devotionals, walks, playground time, etc.)
  • God Sightings: Recognizing God in the everyday things and talking about that.  (i.e., answers to prayer, recognizing God’s creative hand in nature, seeing a baptism in church and talking about it at home, having your child “catch” you reading the Bible/praying, etc.)
  • Family Celebrations: Commemorating each milestone with a celebration at home.  Families are also encouraged to give a small gift as a memento of that celebration.  (IDEA:  Families are given a small trinket box at baby dedication to mark the beginning of this journey.  Each milestone gift gets placed in the box, giving the child a keepsake as he/she gets older.)