Mental illness amongst the young people in Australia appears to be on the rise. As ministry workers, it is important for us to be aware of the statistics that are both alarming and perhaps overwhelming.
In many LCA districts around the nation mid-year Christian Life Weeks have begun or are about to , involving many campers, leaders and volunteers. As we’ve travelled around Australia to different congregations and certainly in our own experiences mentoring the young people in our congregations, often there is a “what happens after camp?” question.
Every part of the body, regardless of age, appearance or skill has both value and purpose in God’s plan. When different generations come together through service, relationships begin to form. Young and old learn from one another and begin to appreciate each other in the context of growing in faith. Our role as congregations is… Read more
Why mentoring matters more than you think When you were growing up, did you have a special person in your life who did things with you, gave you advice, or was a good listener? This person may have been a relative or family friend who was older than you. If so, then you had a… Read more
How quickly does your week fill up? The term starts and once again it’s full swing back into school activities, after school activities, church activities and sport. We spend many hours in the car going from place to place, participating in wholesome, important and growing opportunities, but I wonder how often you get time to pause?
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. Grandparents can also play a vital role in a child’s faith formation. Recent research highlights the enormous impact of grandparents on this particular generation of young people.
Grandparents have a great opportunity to share their faith with their grandchildren. Here are five roles that grandparents can play in enhancing their grandchildren’s faith formation.
Guiding Principle #9 | Opportunities are given to participate in acts of service that show the love of Christ. We grow in faith and discipleship by engaging in acts of service to those in need. Jesus calls us to be humble; he showed us this in a most intimate way when he washed the feet… Read more
Encouraging our children in their faith What kind of adults do we want our children to become? How do we help shape our children’s values and beliefs? How do we help them be a positive influence in their community? Research shows that parents continue to be the greatest influence on their children’s faith. As parents,… Read more
Indeed for what purpose do we older folks exist, other than to care for, instruct and bring up the young? | Martin Luther Forty days after Jesus was born, his parents took him on his first big outing. They went to the temple in Jerusalem (Luke 2:22-40). Imagine the whirlwind of thoughts and emotions these… Read more