Today’s guest post is by Rev. Mark Holmen, an international consultant and speaker for the “Faith at Home” movement that equips congregations to make the home the primary place where faith is nurtured. Holmen served as the senior pastor of Ventura Missionary Church until recently when he stepped down to pursue full-time ministry with Faith at Home.
Studies over the past 10 years have revealed that mom and dad, and what they do in the home, is two to three times more influential than any church program when it comes to passing on faith to children.
Unfortunately, studies also reveal that parents are becoming less engaged in faith behaviors at home, like prayer, Bible reading, and faith conversations, abdicating this opportunity and responsibility to church programs. Yet, as good as these programs are, they alone are not enough, as studies show that somewhere between 60%–90% of kids who are active in church programs are walking away from their Christian faith as young adults.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my child to walk away from her faith in Jesus Christ, especially when eternal life is at stake. And if what I do as a parent at home is the most influential thing in leading her to a lasting faith in Christ, then I would like some creative ideas and tools for how to do this, which is what the Faith Begins @ Home series is all about.
In each booklet, you’ll find inspirational stories and practical ideas that I’ve gained from my experience working with thousands of families. I struggle connecting with authors or speakers who simply point out the problem but don’t provide practical things you can do to address it, so these booklets are filled with practical ideas that you can learn from and apply in your home.
Parents and grandparents: help is on the way!
From the first two booklets, which were written for moms and dads, to the booklets on prayer and devotions, our goal was to inspire, motivate, and equip parents to become the primary faith influencers in their children’s lives through practical activities at home. We also just released two new booklets that continue with this theme and expand on it to reach both parents of teenagers and grandparents: Faith Begins @ Home Family and Faith Begins @ Home Grandparents. I couldn’t be more excited about these new booklets, as they address many of the questions and concerns I’ve heard repeatedly at parenting seminars around the world.
Grandparents want help so that they can remain a spiritual influence in the lives of their adult children and grandchildren, yet they have numerous roadblocks that make this difficult. Faith Begins @ Home Grandparents provides roadblock-busting ideas to help grandparents stay in the game as spiritual influencers. Many parents of teenagers run into unexpected difficulties along the way, and Faith Begins @ Home Family introduces readers to those realities, helping them see how other parents handled these difficulties in a faith-at-home manner that provides practical ideas we can use if and when we face similar situations.
I hope and pray these books will be a blessing to you and your family.
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Today’s guest post is by Rev. Mark Holmen, an international consultant and speaker for the “Faith at Home” movement that equips congregations to make the home the primary place where faith is nurtured. Holmen served as the senior pastor of Ventura Missionary Church until recently when he stepped down to pursue full-time ministry with Faith […]