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Why is Family Worship so Important?

Posted by Lindy Keffer on with 1 Comments

Much has been made—for good or for ill—of the fact that growing up in church in America is no guarantee that a young person will take ownership of his or her faith as an adult. Research shows that Americans who say that faith is not important in their lives are on the rise, especially among young adults. 

Cultivating Sticky Faith

Our vision at First Pres is to be a church that cultivates Sticky Faith in young people, giving them every chance to be transformed by the gospel, to see mature Christian discipleship modeled and to embrace the faith both internally and externally. In other words, we hope to see faith "stick" as our young people grow into adulthood.

As our friend Kara Powell of the Fuller Youth Institute puts it, there's no silver bullet for making that happen. But there are a number of investments we can make in the faith of our emerging adults, and several of them can happen in the context of intergenerational worship.

In short, teens and college students who exhibit faith maturity are likely to have... 

  • Participated in all-church worship in high school
  • Felt that adults in their church showed interest in them and supported them
  • Built relationships with and served younger kids in the church
Making Changes to Gain Ground

When families worship together each week, we consistently create this kind of good soil where faith can grow, not just in our high school students, but reaching all the way to our first graders!

Our move into a worship schedule conducive to family worship may feel disruptive. (Change almost always does!) But it's a change engineered to help us to forge the connections between generations that are so vital to handing off our church—and our very faith—to the next generation.

Comments

Tim McConnell March 21, 2017 8:50am

This is an awesome statement of who we are and what we are trying to do to reach the next generation for Christ! Thanks, Lindy.

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