Feb 19, 2014

The Key to Parents Passing on Their Faith to Their Kids

The stats are sobering: 7 in 10 young adults ages 18 to 30 who went to church regularly in high school have quit attending by age 23.

The Barna Group says that 6 in 10 young people leave church permanently or for an extended period starting at age 15.

Dr. Vern Bengtson, professor at the University of Southern California, studied 350 families for 40 years across four generations.

His studies revealed a lot about the transmission of faith from parents to children.  His major conclusion: to continue in the faith, children must be bonded emotionally with their parents, especially their father.  Fervent faith cannot compensate for a distant dad.

If we want our kids to grow up to love Jesus, it will take more than rules and responsibilities.  It will take us, as parents, being passionate about God and our kids.  Then our kids will want what we have. 

1 comments:

Very important. The question is, what are we doing about it? How are we reaching & equipping dads? And even more, who is reaching the fatherless?

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