It is now widely recognised by Christian researchers, educators and practitioners that parents have the most influence on a child’s faith development.
“Parents are the primary faith teachers, mentors and role models for their children with the church as a reinforcement – not replacement – of the parent’s duties.” Rich Melheim, Faith Inkubators
The task of our churches is to support parents and caregivers in the spiritual growth of children without taking away their responsibility or “doing their job for them.” That’s a pretty tall order!
“When a church—intentionally or not—assumes a family’s responsibilities in the arena of spiritually nurturing children, it fosters an unhealthy dependence upon the church to relieve the family of its Biblical responsibility.” George Barna, Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions
On these pages (see links on the top left of this page) we aim to open up this topic of faith@home with reading material, practical ideas and resources for both the church and home to implement in redressing this balance.
Please let us know what works for you and email us other resources you find helpful. Follow us on Pinterest, check out the Faith@Home board AND also Prayer, Bible Activities, Recommended Children’s Bibles, Fun Stuff for Parents and Children, and the seasonal boards of Easter and Christmas.