by Jodi Brook, Director of Grow Ministries We have always loved these beliefs about faith formation shared by friend and mentor of the Grow Ministries team, David Anderson. He writes in his book Vibrant Faith in the Congregation: Faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal trusted relationships—often in our own… Read more
Over this past year we have shared ideas about planting seeds of faith, growing deep roots of faith, and branching out in faith. Today we are sharing ideas about maintaining faith through daily practices, and seeing the fruits of faith in outward expressions. One such expression of the Spirit is the fruit of thankfulness. Thankfulness… Read more
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. Luke 8:15 Have you ever considered yourself a co-worker in creation? As God’s companions we are invited to work in the garden of our family or household. God… Read more
One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. Psalm 145: 4 Wagga Wagga congregation is involved in a two-year coaching journey with Grow Ministries. Recently, after learning about Intergenerational Faith Formation, their Grow Coaching team decided to put together a worship event based around the idea of intentionally bringing together and… Read more
At the heart of equipping people for their lifelong faith formation are the Four Key Faith Practices: Caring Conversations, Devotions, Service, and Rituals and Traditions. Growing Faith Moments are an addition to the Growing Faith at Home resource and a companion to the Faith Trail resources. Like Faith Trail, the Growing Faith Moments are designed to… Read more
We’re taking the theme into the garden today in the context of planting seeds in our lives. There can be many new seeds planted at home, at school, at church, in our ordinary daily routines – anywhere! There’s a freshness and newness to starting something new. Often, new things start with a seed. We want… Read more
“Most certainly father and mother are apostles, bishops, and priests to their children, for it is they who make them acquainted with the gospel.” Martin Luther What wonderful words from Luther! Advocating that parents are the primary sharers of faith. Growing Faith at Home is a simple tool to help you connect your weekend worship… Read more
As people of faith, we want to encourage the members of our church family to continually grow in their faith. Our primary goal as followers of Christ is that all should know who their heavenly Father is and that He wishes to have an intimate and purpose-filled relationship with each and every one of His precious children. The Four keys of Caring… Read more
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie… Read more
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.