Family Programming Ideas
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:
For family faith formation strategies download the article: "The Importance of Faith Faith for Lifelong Faith Formation" from the Lifelong Faith Journal, Spring 2012.
The American Family Assets Study - Search Institute
(Search Institute, June 2012)
The American Family Assets Study presents a compelling national portrait of families. It introduces a new framework of Family Assets: relationships, interactions, opportunities, and values that help families thrive. These assets are associated with positive outcomes for young teens and their parenting adults, explaining more of the differences in outcomes than many demographics and other individual and family characteristics explain.
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.
What Makes a Good Parent - A Scientific Analysis Ranks the 10 Most Effective Child-Rearing Practices - Robert Epstein
(Scientific American Mind, November/December 2010, www. www.ScientificAmerican.com/Mind)
This study compared the effectiveness of 10 kinds of parenting practices that have gotten the thumbs-up in various scientific studies. It also showed how parenting experts rate those practices and looked at just how many parents actually use those practices.
FOR MORE IDEAS
ParentFurther is an online resource to help families strengthen relationships through shared activities. Family relationships provide the foundation from which young people can develop the motivation and skills to overcome challenges and thrive. Through ParentFurther, parenting adults can: 1) See what research says about relationships, strengths, and challenges in families, 2) Use quizzes to assess how their family is doing in building relationships and tackling challenges. 3) Start meaningful conversations with their kids, 4) Engage in meaningful activities with their children to explore issues and bring them closer together, 5) Use an online profile to keep track of the quizzes and the activities they have done, and 6) Create plans for how they want to keep moving forward toward goals.
The Sticky Faith research gives parents and leaders both a theological/philosophical framework and a host of practical relationship and programming ideas that develop long-term faith in teenagers. The latest book, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, is filled with ideas and strategies.
Vibrant Faith at Home
Vibrant Faith at Home provides hundreds of simple, yet powerful faith-forming activities from families with children, families with teens, young adults, and adults/couples organized into six categories: 1) Caring Conversation, 2) Ritual & Tradition, 3) Prayer, 4) Bible Story, 5) Serving Others, and 6) Learning About Faith.