The 10 Roles of an Intentional Father

Reflecting on Father’s Day…

If you’re a dad I hope you received some extra love and recognition from your children this past Father’s Day.

I know that for me it was one of the most special father’s days I can remember. The love and affirmation from my wife, kids, and grandkids overwhelmed me so much that it brought me to tears.  God has been so good go me… all glory goes to Him!

BE “The Man in the Arena” 

One of my favorite quotes is “The Man in the Arena” by Teddy Roosevelt. It’s both a challenge and encouragement for every man to be in the fight. If you are reading this message I would say that you are a “man in the arena” and know that the battle is worth the blood, sweat, and tears!  

Winning the Fatherhood Battle

The truth is that effort is not enough to win the fatherhood battle.  To win requires intentional planning and preparation.  To help you win in the arena we have a line-up of outstanding resources to equip you. 

My prayer is that you take the time to study these resources, make a plan, and take action with God today!  

Here’s to Strengthening Dads,

Marty Miller


The 10 Roles of an Intentional Father

There are at least 10 different roles that an intentional father must play during his lifetime. Below I profile just one of these roles, that of being a Priest.  

The Priest 

  • He pursues a daily walk with God.
  • He teaches his children to walk with God
  • He intercedes for his children

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”  Deuteronomy 6:6–7  

To read more download the complete document HERE.

Intentional Fathers Take Action!

The Collegedale Church staff has created a compact and practical guide for parents titled, “Following Jesus”. Below are the first 3 steps to whet your appetite.

  • Step 1:  Pursue a daily walk with Jesus and then walk the talk in every area of life.
  • Step 2 Develop a plan for your family with well-defined boundaries and margin.
  • Step 3 – Follow-through and make adjustments to ensure that you reach your goals.

If you want to dig deeper you can download the complete e-book HERE

Engage With Your Teenage Kids Now

Most dads use checklists on a daily basis to get things done. But most dads have never developed a checklist of skills and competencies that will be taught to their teenagers before they launch into the real world.

The downloadable Adulting Blueprint featured below provides a category by category checklist to get you started.  I believe that this list can help you become the intentional father that your kids need! Download HERE. 

“Restore: A Father-Son Story” 

Here’s a short video that we filmed a few years ago that demonstrates how one dad helped prepare his son to launch into adulthood. Watch HERE


“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.” — Jim Valvano