How can your church motivate families to change their routine to pass down faith with consistency and intentionality?
The future of Christianity lies in the hands of the parents of this generation. If they take seriously their responsibility to pass down faith to their children, the future of Christianity is bright. However, if they never realize that they are the primary spiritual influence in the lives of their children, faith will decline at an alarming rate. How is your church going to communicate this important message effectively?
When considering how to present a solution that is going to change the landscape of faith and family, it is important to have the right approach. How does one communicate this plan in a manner that changes a family's routine to include activities that successfully pass down faith? Changing the way families pass down their faith is incredibly important to the future of Christianity. With more than 60% of teens and college students walking away from their faithsomething must change.2
It is not difficult to convince families and churches that the way they have been passing down faith isn’t working. It has actually been refreshing to encounter so many families who freely admit that they must change the way their family approaches faith. The most challenging part is for families to TAKE ACTION to change their routine. It isn’t enough to simply raise awareness that parents need to intentionally pass down their faith. Their awareness must lead them to action.
If a church is serious about equipping families to change the way they pass down faith they need to consider a unique way to spark the type of change that is necessary. What is that spark? Some people seem to change relatively quickly yet others can take a long time to consider whether change is necessary and whether it is something worth pursuing. When people are faced with an encouragement to change, they can generally be placed in several different stages, which require different approaches to influence change. The following information is an adaptation of a well-researched model of change. The Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change 1 includes five major stages. It is commonly used to explain the behavior change process for people who are encouraged to live more healthy lives.
This model recognizes that the majority of people who need to change do not immediately make significant changes in their lives. In order to help families take the action required to pass down faith, it is necessary to understand this change process.