Faith Formation with Families
Congregations can equip families to become centers of learning and faith growth at home by nurturing family faith and developing the faith life of parents and grandparents, strengthening family life by focusing on family asset-building, and developing the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents (and grandparents) for parenting. Congregations can provide programs in a variety of formats both gathered and online, a variety of digital resources, and support to parents and families. There are five elements in a family faith formation curriculum for the home include:
Principles & Practices
The American Family Assets Study - Search Institute
The American Family Assets Study introduces a new framework of Family Assets: relationships, interactions, opportunities, and values that help families thrive. Download the Study Highlights, Study Report, Discussion Starter Questions, and Family Assets Framework from the Search Institute website.
Biblical and Theological Resources for Raising Children - Marcia Bunge
This article identifies some fundamental insights from the Bible and the Christian tradition about the roles and responsibilities of parents, parental practices and responsibilities for nurturing the moral and spiritual lives of children.
The Importance of Family Faith for Lifelong Faith Formation - John Roberto
This article summarizes the key research findings on the importance of family faith for nurturing faith in children and teens and offers a variety of practical strategies congregations can use in developing or strengthening family faith formation.
Passing on Faith: Milestone to Milestone - Linda Staats
This article describes how to use milestones as a powerful way to engage parishioners of all ages and stages of life in nurturing their faith and spiritual growth. Milestones offer an opportunity to bring God’s presence into the home and connect the rituals of daily life with the life of the congregation, thus shaping a vital partnership between home and congregation.
Renaming and Reclaiming a Faith Practice - Debbie Streicher
FAITH 5 - Faith Acts In The Home - is a a 5-step outline to be modeled every time small groups meet in the congregation and used as a faith formation tool in the home. The FAITH5 steps are: 1) Share highs and lows of the day; 2) Read a verse from the Bible; 3) Talk about how the Bible verse relates to highs and lows; 4) Pray for one another and the world; and 5) Bless one another.
The Rule of Family Faith: Practicing the Presence of God in Our Outward Lives - Bonnie Miller-McLemore
This article explores ways to envision the rule of faith in families so church leaders and those in families can nurture and uphold it by enriching the active practice of faith already percolating in families and congregations by exploring the peculiar character of the rule of family faith.
What Makes a Good Parent - A Scientific Analysis Ranks the 10 Most Effective Child-Rearing Practices - Robert Epstein (Scientific American Mind, November/December 2010)
This study compared the effectiveness of 10 kinds of parenting practices that have gotten the thumbs-up in various scientific studies.