“Resources for families to talk about faith” is checked on nearly every GenOn Partner Church information form as needed resources. It ranks near the top of a list that includes help with training church volunteers, administrative tools, info on our youth summits, LOGOS ideas, and ways to share LOGOS with new families.
A recent Barna study reports that more than nine out of 10 engaged Christian parents (who identify as Christian and regularly attend church) say it is important that their child “develops a faith that lasts into adulthood,” “is equipped to explain the Christian faith,” and “engages in service.” Three out of five parents say that they are primarily responsible for that faith formation. A close second is those who say that they are “mostly” responsible (with church leaders’ help).
Where can parents (and grandparents) turn for help?
We recommend several resources, blogs, and books in response to that request from our Partner Churches to help with faith formation at home.
- Subscribe to Traci Smith’s Treasure Box Tuesday to receive her weekly emails. She is a Presbyterian pastor who grew up in LOGOS.
- Explore Milestones Ministry from Debbie Streicher and partners (especially their Taking Faith Home as bulletin inserts). They have Lutheran roots.
- Read the Grow Christians blog (“a community of disciples practicing faith at home”) that can be received as a daily email. A ministry of The Episcopal Church.
- For families with preschoolers, purchase the God Loves Me Storybooks from Faith Alive (52 storybooks of Bible stories in simple language, a prayer, and suggestions for learning-through-play activities). From the Christian Reformed Church and Reformed Church in America.
What resources would you add to our list? Please comment below, and also feel free to share this resource list with others.