Montessano Washington: The hunger was evidenced by people drove from as far as three hours away to come to a meeting to hear an address on “Equipping Men for Leadership in the Home and the Church.” Michael Bradrick made a few calls and around one hundred people showed up on Saturday night at the Grange Hall in Montessano Washington. The hunger and the intensity of the crowd was high. The singing time was particularly high spirited as it was one of those times you could say, “I thought the roof was going to blow off.”. I recounted the importance of a transgenerational mindset and an exposition of Deuteronomy 6.
Three pastors were there wanting to transform their churches. A nine year old boy stood up and testified to the joy in his heart at his daddy’s reading scripture to the family. Another boy said that when his daddy reads scripture it makes more sense to him than anybody else.
One man, who had been a believer for just over a year, came up and told me that a pastor had told him that he was not qualified to teach his children (because he was a new believer) and that the ideas of “patriarchy” were causing disaster in the church through unqualified fathers teaching false doctrine to their children. He asked me what I thought. I said that first of all fathers are commanded to teach their children in Deuteronomy 6, Exodus 12, Ps 78, Ephesians 6:1-4. Second, we need to ask the question, “are there any places in scripture where teaching is prohibited, or are there any examples where it is prohibited, or are there any principles that would indicate it was prohibited. Of course the answer is that there are none. We do have prohibitions regarding the public preaching of the Word of God, but not private fatherly teaching. For instance, teachers in the assembly of the church must be qualified by various character qualities, “able to teach”, and not a novice. But the teaching ministry by elders in the church is different than the teaching ministry of a father. The family needs the teaching of church leaders, but it also needs daily instruction from fathers. When I said this, he seemed relieved and excited to get down to business.