Grow Ministries - formerly known as The Board for Child, Youth and Family Ministry (BCYFM) exists to support a national vision for children, youth and family ministry in the LCA. It is a point of reference and resource for the wider church by researching and developing child, youth and family ministry resources, along with equipping and encouraging districts and congregations in their ministry to children, youth and families.
Sharing faith at home
Studies continue to confirm that parents are the key people who influence whether or not our children will have faith. This means that one of the best places for young people to ‘catch’ faith is in the home. Have you considered how this fact influences your congregation’s ministry to families and children?
Over the last ten years BCYFM has promoted and resourced within the LCA the practice of passing on faith at home. This began with The Child In Our Hands resources and continues today through various resources and frameworks, including the Faith Inkubators faith education system.
Training and Coaching
A key role of Grow Ministries is supporting congregations as they develop their ministry to children, youth and their families. We provide one-on-one support, congregational coaching and national training events for pastors, congregational leaders, lay workers and parents.
There has been a lot of hype about Faith Inkubators—and we’re responsible for most of it! Faith Inkubators is an extensive faith-development system based on The Child In Our Hands philosophy and provides practical tools for congregations to introduce and encourage family-based faith learning.
Faith Inkubators is all about sharing faith at home.Grow Ministries promotes this program and provides Faith Inkubators at a subsidised rate to congregations. The programs and initiatives of Faith Inkubators Australia are managed and supported by the board and Grow Ministries staff.
Congregations can use Faith Inkubators to equip mums and dads so that they can nurture their children in the faith. Faith Inkubators includes resources that can be used for children’s ministry (Bible Song) and youth and confirmation ministry (Head to the Heart), as well as parenting classes (Faith Stepping Stones). It uses the latest brain-based learning research and incorporates music, art, craft, sign language, drama and singing to increase the chances of information retention.
If you would like to know more about Faith Inkubators, click here or visit www.faithink.com.au.
Grow Ministries advocates not only for children, youth and family ministry but also for young people themselves. We believe it is important that, when making decisions, the LCA recognises and respects the opinions and views of young people.
10 - 12 April, 2015 was an exciting weekend. Grow Ministries held their second Youth Forum, inviting young people from each state of Australia and New Zealand to participate in a weekend of learning and growth. Once there, the young people discussed the issues of human sexuality, social media and it’s impact on the church, women and the call to office of the public ministry as well as learning about the function of the Convention of Synod.
This event was facilitated by Vicki Rochow, Grow Ministries Resource Coordinator and Pastor Lee Kroehn of St John’s Lutheran Church, Unley with several special guests from the CTICR (Commission of Theology and Inter-Church Relations) and the LCA Ordination Dialogue Group.
Bible engagement research
In 2014 the BCYFM participated with the Bible Society and its research partners to fund a study to identify how Australian youth engage with the Bible and the underlying influences that affect Bible reading. The research confirmed that Bible reading, even among Christian young people, is critically low and has identified families and church communities as the key influencers in modelling faith and Bible engagement.