Another article seen in the Aim Lower Journal:
It turns out that intergenerational relationships are one key to building lasting faith in students. Silver bullet? No. Helpful if we want students to live their faith beyond high school? Absolutely. Sadly, many high school students lack these significant relationships. In our effort to offer relevant and developmentally appropriate teaching and fellowship for teenagers, we have segregated (and we use that verb intentionally but not lightly) students from the rest of the church. In interviews and open-ended survey questions, participants shared reflections like this one: “The students seemed to be very separated from the rest of the congregation. Maybe fixing that gap would help unite the church.”
This article was adapted from Sticky Faith, Youth Worker Edition, by Kara Powell, Brad Griffin and Cheryl Crawford (Zondervan 2011) and originally appeared in the Sep/Oct edition of Immerse Journal. Reprinted with permission.
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On the Formingfaith website, a Lutheran pastor shares his learnings, thoughts and reflections on the joys and challenges of forming faith in children, youth and families.
Here’s the start of an article on how important dads are to the spiritual life of their children@
This Sunday will be observed by many in North America as “Father’s Day” (in my home country we wait until September). My experience is that the observance of Father’s Day in churches is more subdued than that of Mother’s Day. One obvious reason is that, on any given Sunday, there are typically fewer fathers than mothers in our churches. The “spiritually absent” father is increasingly commonplace, and the impact on church life is apparent. The impact on home faith life and faith transmission is even more concerning. In many households, fathers are passive or inactive in expressing their faith to and with their children. Studies and surveys reveal that in families where both parents are people of faith, it is mothers who tend to be most active in processes of child faith formation.
Based on research, it is axiomatic to say that in most families the mother is the primary figure in children’s religiosity. … Why do mothers have such an influential role, and what mechanisms are at work? Women are more religious than men and attend worship services more often, and adults recall seeing their mothers pray more often than their fathers did. In general, mothers speak with their children more than fathers do and in conversations about religion mothers are much more involved than fathers are. In one study testing a diary method, mothers participated in all diary conversations in almost 90% of families, whereas fathers did not appear in any diary entries in almost half of the families. In a [USA] national study, 3000 mainline Protestant youth reported they had regular dialogue about faith issues with their mothers almost 2.5 times more often than with their fathers. (From Boyzatis, Dollahite & Marks “The Family as a Context for Religious and Spiritual Development in Children and Youth” – published in The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence).
The reduced involvement of fathers in the practice of faith in the home not only places a greater burden upon mothers to embody and demonstrate the Christian faith, it also robs families of the unique contributions that fathers seem to make. Put simply, various research studies suggest that when it comes to faith transmission, fathers and mothers are not altogether interchangeable.
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Diocese of Portsmouth Discovery Gap year 2015-2016
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This is obviously an American site, but the suggestions for the role of grandparents in supporting the faith of their grandchildren are useful. I find I do quite a few of them already – yessss!
“Lord, I spend so much time with my colleagues and yet I seem to speak of you so little and, when I do, I can’t help but feel like I’ve fluffed it.” How many of us have prayed something like this?
For a lot of people the word ‘evangelism’ comes with a serious amount of baggage. Join LICC for a relaxed evening dedicated to giving working Christians aged 18-30 a chance to explore how we speak to our colleagues about Jesus.
Alongside open times of discussion, apologist and author Amy Orr-Ewing will unpack talking about Jesus in a secular culture, offering practical tools for handling today’s big questions. Young business professional, Jeremy Moses (Agape Graduate Movement) will also share some of his own story, ranging from being open about his beliefs to leading a colleague to faith.
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Those who advance the case for faith schools draw on one set of research (mainly related to academic results); while the other side point to data which suggests that the institutions exacerbate social divisions. There’s lots of heat, but almost no light for ordinary parents and children. To try and tackle this, the religion and society think tank Theos has compiled a summary and analysis of existing research looking at some of the key political questions such as: Are faith schools racially divisive? Are they elitist? Do faith schools have material effects?
Read the whole article here.
The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham have produced a free 5 week course designed to help 14 – 18s think through their commitment to God, church and the wider community. Download a copy here.