A youth pastor whose congregation wanted to better engage young people and their families, Matthew began to ask himself a game-changing question.
“Can parents and teenagers grow in faith together … at church?”
Thankfully, Matthew had immersed himself in FYI’s research and resources, and knew the impact parents have on their child’s faith.
Matthew and his team began to take a look at their ministry from a new perspective. He realized that one adult education class which met every Sunday morning was primarily composed of parents.
The youth ministry team and the class leaders began to equip this group of parents with the language of Sticky Faith, developing an approach that encouraged parallel discipleship of both parents and students.
Because of Sticky Faith, Matthew’s church realized that while there are significant life-stage differences between adolescents and their parents, the tools that encourage spiritual growth and everyday interaction with God don’t have to be different.
As a result, parents and students were able to work collaboratively on living out the faith practices discussed in class.
A number of parents shared that they were more eager to talk with their kids about faith at home. Because they knew the learning was similar, this shared experience created some great points of conversation.
Because of Sticky Faith, families in Matthew’s church were equipped to engage in spiritual practices that develop an everyday kind of faith.
It’s never too early or too late to help your child start developing faith that continues to grow and lasts. Our Sticky Faith family resources are filled with ideas from other parents they can try today, this week, or this month.