Friday, November 13, 2009
Home-Based Faith Formation
An interesting conversation has been taking place on Facebook that I wanted to share with you. Here are some excerpts:
Chris: I'm amazed at how many congregations are challenging parents to invest in their kid's faith formation. Almost viral actually!
Melissa: Why are you amazed? That's a good thing, right?
Chris: It's a GREAT thing!
Tim: (That's me) I think it's great too. Sadly, somewhere along the line we got into a mode culturally in the church of "outsourcing" faith formation from the home to the sanctuary.
Melissa: That's what I thought! I am so happy to be teaching my children & husband about FAITH.
Susan: And watch how parent's faith will grow expotentially as they teach their children:)
Lisa: And maybe the parents will start investing in their own faith formation as well.
Tim: Being forced to teach is one of the most effective ways to learn. So home-based faith formation will absolutely be the best thing for both kids and parents. Clergy (and congregation) can then serve in the "equipping the saints for ministry" mode ( See Ephesians 4). Also, HBFF sets you up for both "vertical" and "horizontal" transmission as in viral infections. Vertical is from one generation directly to the next. Horizontal is among peers: imagine couples sharing ideas & issues with each other about how to raise their kids. In the peer-to-peer conversations all kinds of ideas, values and beliefs can get transmitted.