23 episodes

Christian parents do everything they can to help their children come to faith and follow in that faith, but statistically we are failing miserably—most children raised in church and Christian homes leave the faith by age twenty-two and often before that. It’s time for a change. It’s time to flip the script. Stand Firm Parents is doing just that. Pastor and author Jake McCandless has been on a unique journey of helping believers across the world stand firm in their faith for the past ten years. Before the radical changes to life and especially church in 2020, Jake had been encouraging believers to prepare so that they would just survive but strive in difficulty. This journey has led to relationships around the world, learning from the persecuted church, and learning from the leading experts on the topic. Jake now brings that unexpected journey full circle to help families have a faith that lasts. Stand Firm Parents goes against the grain presenting parenting with a fresh perspective that has the end game in mind. Join the community and embark on a journey of seeking the answers that will help our children develop a faith that lasts as new episodes drop bi-monthly.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 10 Ratings

Christian parents do everything they can to help their children come to faith and follow in that faith, but statistically we are failing miserably—most children raised in church and Christian homes leave the faith by age twenty-two and often before that. It’s time for a change. It’s time to flip the script. Stand Firm Parents is doing just that. Pastor and author Jake McCandless has been on a unique journey of helping believers across the world stand firm in their faith for the past ten years. Before the radical changes to life and especially church in 2020, Jake had been encouraging believers to prepare so that they would just survive but strive in difficulty. This journey has led to relationships around the world, learning from the persecuted church, and learning from the leading experts on the topic. Jake now brings that unexpected journey full circle to help families have a faith that lasts. Stand Firm Parents goes against the grain presenting parenting with a fresh perspective that has the end game in mind. Join the community and embark on a journey of seeking the answers that will help our children develop a faith that lasts as new episodes drop bi-monthly.

    The Way

    The Way

    Hearing that it takes conflict to give children a great story combined with the need to present them with a greater story sent Stand Firm Parents host, Jake McCandless, reeling. Over the last two episodes, he dived into how as parents can embrace conflict and help children navigate through it. In this third conversation about conflict in our children’s stories, Jake takes us back to the time of the first followers of Jesus. What Jewish leadership called this new movement reveals how Christianity is meant to be lived out, but also the great story our children have been invited to. 
    Stand Firm Parents is a resource from Stand Firm led by pastor and author Stand Firm Jake, Jake McCandless, who has been on a journey the past ten years to help believers around the globe hold on to their faith—to stand firm. Learn more at www.standfirmministries.com. 
    Creating tools for their parenting goals, Jake authored the first traditionally published children’s book on the return of Jesus entitled Jesus and His White Horse. 

    • 18 min
    No Neutral

    No Neutral

    The guest from episode six sent the search for how to give families a faith that lasts in a new trajectory, leaving host, Jake McCandless, scrambling. It had been established we need to give our children a greater story. Asking his literary agent, what makes a great story, Cyle Young shared that it was conflict. This has left Jake considering how we should bring this understanding of conflict into the Christian parenting realm. In the previous episode, Jake shared how that when it comes to dealing with conflict, American believers are at a disadvantage. In this episode, Jake shares that whether we realize it or not we’re all in a great conflict. In this overarching conflict there is no neutral. As parents we can’t go on autopilot. We can’t be passive. Our children are already in a story—one in which there is no neutral. 
     
    Stand Firm Parents is a resource from Stand Firm led by pastor and author Stand Firm Jake, Jake McCandless, who has been on a journey the past ten years to help believers around the globe hold on to their faith—to stand firm. Learn more at www.standfirmministries.com. 
     
    Creating tools for their parenting goals, Jake authored the first traditionally published children’s book on the return of Jesus entitled Jesus and His White Horse. 

    • 22 min
    Give Them Conflict

    Give Them Conflict

    Still reeling from his literary agent and writing guru, Cyle Young’s answer to what makes a great story, Jake pauses to wrestle with how to embrace conflict in the story of our children’s lives. Modern American Christian parenting is focused on sheltering children from the difficulties in life, while at the same time the number one reason for Americans leaving the faith is due to facing difficulties. Maybe this paradox holds the answer to helping our families have a faith that lasts. Jake dives deeper into what it means for parents to embrace conflict and prepare their children for it. He points out how American believers are uniquely unprepared and introducing children to conflict might help turn the tide. 
     
    Stand Firm Parents is a resource from Stand Firm led by pastor and author Stand Firm Jake, Jake McCandless, who has been on a journey the past ten years to help believers around the globe hold on to their faith—to stand firm. Learn more at www.standfirmministries.com. 
     
    Creating tools for their parenting goals, Jake authored the first traditionally published children’s book on the return of Jesus entitled Jesus and His White Horse. 

    • 23 min
    What Makes A Great Story

    What Makes A Great Story

    The previous episode shared research and evidence that giving our children a better story—a bigger story of Christianity—would help them have a faith that lasts. Talking about our “story” is trendy, we see it and hear it often, but what truly makes a story great. To breakdown this idea of giving a better story, Jake invited his literary agent, Cyle Young, on to talk about what makes a great story. Leaning into Cyle’s knowledge in the writing world as an author and one of the leading agents in the business, we are able to dissect how to guide our children into a deeper following of Christ. Cyle surprises Jake with his answer, which not only throws Jake off in the interview, but reshapes the entire coming season of Stand Firm Parents.
    Stand Firm Parents is a resource from Stand Firm led by pastor and author Stand Firm Jake, Jake McCandless, who has been on a journey the past ten years to help believers around the globe hold on to their faith—to stand firm. Learn more at www.standfirmministries.com.
    Creating tools for their parenting goals, Jake authored the first traditionally published children’s book on the return of Jesus entitled Jesus and His White Horse.
    Cyle Young is a renowned literary agent and award-winning author of over 20 writing awards. When not writing or representing books, Cyle travels across the U.S. speaking at many conferences, including regional writers’ conferences in OH, MI, NC and GA, hosted by his own company, Serious Writer Inc., http://www.seriouswriter.com. Cyle is passionate about training writers through in person instruction and through his on-line writing school, Serious Writer Academy, http://www.seriouswriteracademy.com.
    You can find out more about Cyle at his website https://www.cyleyoung.com.
    Along with being deeply rooted in the writing world, Cyle is a pastor. He also is a leading online gamer. He streams regularly as Dadventurer with his kids. Through this endeavor, he is positively impacting kids across the globe. Cyle also is a member of the college football national championship Michigan Wolverine team.

    • 25 min
    Give A Better Story

    Give A Better Story

    In a decade of researching why the emerging generation leaves the church and the faith, Jake has gained tremendous insight. In this episode, Jake shares the number one step towards helping our children have a faith that lasts. The introduction of this step and direction is something parents can’t miss. Jake relays parental advice that author Donald Miller shared in his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and it’s the advice for business Donald shares through his StoryBrand training and books. Check out this important advice and help your children engage in a better story to have a faith that lasts. 
     
    Jake also dives into deeper research to why the emerging generation is leaving the faith. The research is enlightening and further shows why the direction suggested in Donald Miller’s book is vital. 
     
    Stand Firm Parents is a resource from Stand Firm led by pastor and author Stand Firm Jake, Jake McCandless, who has been on a journey the past ten years to help believers around the globe hold on to their faith—to stand firm. Learn more at www.standfirmministries.com. 
     
    Creating tools for their parenting goals, Jake authored the first traditionally published children’s book on the return of Jesus entitled Jesus and His White Horse.

    • 24 min
    Living The Better Goal

    Living The Better Goal

    In the previous episode, Jake shared a better goal for our parenting—our children actively following Jesus. Keeping the discussion about a better goal going, Jake visits with author and producer Stephanie Quick as she lives out this better goal and better story. Stephanie shares how actively following Jesus leads to unexpected adventure as she tells of her work in the Middle East with Frontier Alliance International. Living out this better goal will help our children have a faith that lasts. 
     
    Stephanie gives insight on how the dynamic of her following Jesus to new frontiers has had on her family, as well as, sharing her motivation for such a life engaged for the kingdom. 
     
    Stand Firm Parents is a resource from Stand Firm led by pastor and author Stand Firm Jake, Jake McCandless, who has been on a journey the past ten years to help believers around the globe hold on to their faith—to stand firm. Learn more at www.standfirmministries.com. 
     
    Stephanie Quick is a writer and producer serving with Frontier Alliance International. She hosts The Better Beautiful podcast alongside FAI Chairman Jeff Henderson and serves as Editor in Chief of FAI Publishing and FAI’s Annual Field Journal, PILGRIM. She is author of To Trace a Rising Sun: God, the Gospel, and Your Life in this Age and Confronting Unbelief: Your Soul and the City of the Great King Her music, films, books, and articles can be found in the FAI and Covenant and Controversy resource libraries. Learn more at www.stephaniequick.org.
     
    Frontier Alliance International has been laying foundations in strategic regions throughout the 10/40 Window. Like Hudson Taylor’s China Inland Mission, our teams are laboring together in a concentrated and coordinated advance into the “interior” regions of our generation where today there is still no witness. Learn more at https://www.faimission.org/ and also check out the FAI App for tremendous content. 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Soldiers In Christ ,

Right on Excellent Amen & Amen my brother!!!

Just Recommended Highly to my family and friends!!!

Darlene In Ohio ,

Hold On

This was very good. I love these short programs. This is very important as we venture into these last days. We as Christians have a lot of work to do. Sometimes all someone needs is a listening ear. Everyones just so busy to take the time for others. We all need to slow down, breath and take a look around to see who we can help. It really is part of our job description as Christians. I pray that the Lord puts someone in my path whenever he chooses to do so. Hopefully, he will do the same for you. Good job, Jake... I look forward to future podcasts.

Stand Firm Jake ,

Stoked

Loved the trailer! I can’t wait to hear more!

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