When I was a kid, my Dad was the chaplain for the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks. We attended a large church in Wisconsin, Elmbrook Church, and my Dad was highly respected in the church because of his work with athletes through Campus Crusade for Christ and Athletes in Action.
Many people look forward to chatting with friends and others after church. When I was young, I didn't like it because my Dad would talk and talk and talk, and we could never get to what I was really excited about: Getting out of my stiff church clothes and playing outside! The other thing I didn't like was how people saw me. I was never "Chris Sigfrids" - I was always referred to as "Mike Sigfrids' son."
Years have gone by and I now see that being referred to as "Mike's son" was actually an honor and a compliment. But when I was a kid I wanted my own identity. I wanted to be known for who I was, not who my Dad was.
Ryan and Josh Shook know exactly what I'm talking about. They're the sons of Kerry and Chris Shook. Kerry is the pastor of a large church in Texas called Woodlands Church. Growing up, they lived in the shadow of their parents ministry, and I bet they were once known as "Kerry and Chris' kids."
Like me, and like many kids who grow up in Christian homes, Ryan and Josh came to Christ and learned what it meant to have a faith that is their own. As the saying goes, "God doesn't have any grandchildren." This statement is so true. We don't come to faith through our parents. We come to faith in Christ through a direct relationship with Jesus.
Ryan and Josh are coming out with a new book next year called Firsthand: Dumping Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own. They need your help. Would you be willing to take some time to answer some questions they have through this survey?
In exchange for taking the time to fill out the survey, you'll receive an advanced copy of Firsthand when it comes out next year.
Our editorial team is looking to use some of the survey answers in the book itself. If they choose to refer to your answer in the book, we'll send you a $25 Visa gift card as well. (They will not put your answer in the book without first getting your approval...so if you just want to take the survey, please feel free to do so without fear of your answers being published without your consent).
If you'd like to help with the book, you can take Josh and Ryan's survey here:
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