The best place for generations to get together to grow faith is also the closest – the home. Research from around the world and across denominations affirms that family has the greatest impact on children’s faith development. Unfortunately research also indicates that many Christian families do not read the Bible or pray at home. I suspect that when families live out their faith together everyone benefits
There are four things families can do together that will bring the generations together and grow faith.
This includes reading and discussing scripture, sharing personal faith stories, and hearing about the faith lives of those who have gone before. Story is more than just hearing it, is the reality of living it, sharing it and celebrating it.
2. Prayer and Celebration
Essentially this means living out the Christian life and story overtly in the home and includes learning about and experiencing prayer, celebrating the story of salvation throughout the year and integrating the disciplines of the Christian faith into your family life.
Often the deepest learning comes about through practical hands on experience. A wonderful way for your family to grow and learn is through serving the church and community together.
4. Family Closeness
Close and caring families do not just happen; they are created intentionally. Building family closeness mean setting aside time and energy to work and play at being family together.
If you would like some resources to do these four things check out the Faithful Families Blog.