An Invitation to “Sticky Faith” for the Generations

 

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.

Tell Me More...

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.

I’m interested…

  • 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

4 Responses

  1. Jeff
    My opinion is that there are more "of the world" influences beckoning children today than ever before in the history of the world. So there is more need than ever for every believer to be willing and able to help all of our children stand strong in their faith in Christ. But what I think and what I have done about it make me a hypocrite. I pray about and over my grandson and his faith development, but I have always been of the attitude that I raised mine and there is not much I can do to raise yours! Shame on me for having such an attitude what a sinful selfish way to behave! I pray that Sticky Faith and all that goes with it will allow me to make amends for my selfish attitudes and enable me to be a blessing in the life or lives of some young believers!
    • Brian
      Hey Jeff! Thanks for the reflections. I think many of us have that feeling of all I can do is my children but it's powerful to think God has more for us. For what He calls us to do, He empowers us to do. Great to have you on this Sticky Faith journey. I look forward to hearing what God will speak through you as well as the new things He will bring during our time.
  2. Vern Larson
    Yes, we have raised our daughters as well. But, My work is not done. I still have influence on them as well as my grandchildren. Also, my love for children has compelled me to want to do more. The Book "Sticky Faith" indicates that the responsibility of instilling a faith in God that will last after they leave the nest also is the responsibility of the church and that is you and me fellow Christian brothers and sisters.
  3. Lindsey
    What a powerful statement to keep in mind, Brian: "What He calls us to do, He empowers us to do"!

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