Five Life Roles
become a successful person, provider, proclaimer, partner, parent
There are five basic roles in life that each person can fulfill or help others fulfill. These life roles include being a mature person, a skilled provider, an effective proclaimer of truth, a loving marriage partner, and a wise parent. The ATI program seeks to assist parents in training sons and daughters to be successful in each of these areas.
1. A Mature Person: Maintaining a Walk With God
Mature people delight in God and seek out His wisdom. They study God’s Word and obey it. Their lives are surrendered to God, and they endeavor to maintain the disciplines of memorization and meditation on Scripture, moral purity, freedom from anger, a clear conscience with God and man, and submission to God-given authorities.
2. A Skilled Provider: Demonstrating Wisdom in Financial Matters
Skilled providers are diligent in their work and make wise financial decisions. They display the qualities of initiative and creativity in their efforts, and they apply money-saving techniques, establish purchasing disciplines, and avoid debt. They have not only learned to be good stewards, but they are also generous givers who share their resources with those who are in need.
3. An Effective Proclaimer of Truth: Developing a Powerful Life Message
Effective proclaimers of God’s truth communicate in truth and love. They share the message of salvation through Christ with others, understand the power of prayer, and live according to the Word of God. They are sensitive to the needs of others and alert to when it is timely and appropriate to speak about sensitive issues. They not only seek to make disciples for Christ, but they also help others become disciple-makers themselves.
4. A Loving Marriage Partner: Experiencing a Fulfilling Marriage
Successful marriage partners learn contentment before marriage and are committed to a covenant marriage. They are sensitive to the needs of their spouse and work as a team with their spouse. They apply the skills of good communication to preserve oneness in their marriage and to keep their relationships strong and free from bitterness.
5. A Wise Parent: Training Godly Sons and Daughters
Wise parents direct their children to seek for God, to know Him, and to walk in obedience to His ways. By example, they lead them to live with the priorities of cultivating a relationship with God, maintaining family harmony, and advancing God’s kingdom. They invest in their children’s lives through praise and help each child discover God’s purpose for his or her life.