What half of our youth would you choose to not continue in the faith?
40-50% of youth group graduates walk away from faith and church after high school. But this discussion begins much earlier than a few months before they graduate.
So it is not just an issue for youth ministry teams but is a challenge for the whole church family. Essential in this are the parents, grandparents and biological/adopted family, but it is not only them. Jesus Christ calls all of us to be disciplers (disciple-makers) whether they are in our homes as our children or grandchildren or are someone else’s in the church family. (At FirstCov, part of dedication vows includes the congregation committing to help to pray for and disciple the child to Christ.)
So what do we do? How do we encourage a lasting faith?
We are going to have a summer book read of Sticky Faith. This book is the result of prayer and research around what is happening in the Church around our country as we seek to help others know and follow Christ.
As Jesus taught people in many different ways, we’ll discover that there are many ways to help our children develop a real relationship with God that has persevering faith.
Who is it for?
EVERYONE in the church family (NOT just parents and grandparents, although they'll clearly benefit). We are God’s team in helping our children know and follow Jesus. (It has a parent focus but the themes it brings up will help all of us create a better place for transformation by Christ.)
Do I have to be part of your church family to participate?
Definitely not. Perhaps you receive our blog posts or live far away. Join us! It will be great whether you are parent, grandparent or a concerned person for the spiritual growth of others.
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When: Begins June 9. Done by end of July. (1 chapter per week) It’s an easy read so don’t worry.
How: As many do not know what their summer schedule or where their travels may lead them, we’ll use the blog to keep us all on track and interact. Wherever (& whenever) you want to check it out, you can follow the discussion, ask a question, or make a comment or reply to someone else's. Join the conversation however you like.
- Sign up on the Sticky Faith sheet at church and we’ll subscribe you to the blog. Subscribing means you'll receive an email when a new post goes out. (Don’t worry, you can always unsubscribe after the series.) Or sign up by sending an email to the office.
- Buy the book at the special price of $5. (Or check out the Kindle version here or the audio version here).
- Check out the blog each week (or, if subscribed, you’ll receive an email update when a new post comes out.)
- Hear more in the message at our June 2 service.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. --Deuteronomy 6:5-9