Parent and child--Religious aspects

Awana Together: Empowering Parents as Spiritual Mentors for Their Children

Author
Sara-Jane Heacox Sosa D.Min.
Abstract
The post-Christian culture in the United States presents a significant challenge to the spiritual growth of adults and children. At Plymouth Covenant Church, ministry leaders recognized that young parents often lacked a biblical foundation. Many did not feel competent to lead their children spiritually. These parents needed a vibrant personal faith as well as good role models. As a result, ministry leaders designed a more effective way to empower parents as spiritual mentors for their children. They created a new ministry that would provide personal faith development for parents, a supportive faith community, family-focused programming, and solid biblical teaching. This new ministry was a family version of Awana that they called Awana Together.

The problem that this project addressed was the need for a family ministry model at Plymouth Covenant Church that fostered a partnership between the church and families that empowered parents as spiritual mentors for their children. It used an intrinsic case study approach to evaluate Plymouth Covenant’s unique ministry, Awana Together, to determine if it provided a pathway for a better partnership between the home and the church in empowering parents as spiritual mentors. The research included evaluations of biblical passages and current scholarship, surveys of past and present Awana Together participants, focus group discussions with ministry leaders, and in-depth questionnaire responses from three different families. The research revealed that Awana Together was successfully designed to meet the goal of empowering parents as spiritual mentors for their children.

Building Christian Family: From Understanding to Practice

Author
So Ying Chu D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis mainly explores believers' understanding and practices of establishing a Christian family. It also attempts to understand the real needs of believers’ family as well as to provide strategies for developing family ministry. Hopefully it will be used by churches as a reference for evaluating the needs of their own church congregation and using appropriate strategies in response to the problems. The solution to the faith-related problems faced by modern Christian families is to have the family move towards an authentic Christian life, so that they can overcome the challenge and become a witness for the glory of God.

Training a Select Group of Parents at Tiburon Baptist Church to Nurture Spiritually Their Children toward an Active Relationship with Jesus Christ

Author
Bruce Butler
Abstract
God's design for spiritual development begins at birth and is most deeply impacted during the early years by the child's relationship to his parents. God desires parents to influence their children toward an active relationship with Jesus Christ. In order to facilitate parental spiritual nurture, a program was developed to train a group of parents to spiritually influence children. God's vision for parenting was taught. Participants were trained to prepare and lead home devotions and to engage in teachable moments with their children. Participants successfully developed and practiced skills to become spiritual change agents to their children.

God-images of incest survivors: implications for pastoral psychotherapy

Author
Miriam C Resch
Abstract
This research project explores the God-images of five adult survivors of father-daughter incest. Undergirding this project are the psychological studies showing that children's representations of God are usually formed from internalized images of parents; these early images of God usually remain influential in a person's life. The research was conducted by means of individual interviews with both oral questions and printed word-pairs regarding the participants' parents and their current and childhood God-images. The data showed that the survivors' God-images generally did have characteristics similar to mothers. The data also showed that generally the more severe the incest and the earlier the onset, the more negative the God-image of the survivor. Other findings are noted, and implications for pastoral counseling are explored.

God-image of adult children of alcoholics

Author
Henry F Kerr
Abstract
This project examines the God-image of eight women who were raised in homes where at least one parent was an aloholic. Of interest is the God-image, one of many other object relations created by a child while in relationship with the alcoholic parent. This image of God persists throughout life unless either events or personal effort causes it to change. Based upon this image, a person forms characteristics of God that profoundly affect the way she/he relates to God and the environment. Each subject was asked questions from modified and abbreviated Rizzuto "Family" and "God" questionnaires. After answering questions about each parent, the subjects were asked to mark sixteen word-pairs in accordance with how they related to each one. Finally, they were asked questions about God and marked sixteen identical word-pairs. The results supported the hypothesis that the characteristics of God that these women formed as children were similar to the characteristics of their alcoholic parent.

The Role of Parents and Churches in China in View of Winning Back the Next Spiritual Generation.

Author
Beng Wah Lim
Abstract
The purpose of the study is to identify influential components of parents and church involvement that lead to spiritual growth and vibrancy in adulthood. Twelve parents of spiritually vibrant adults were surveyed from house (10) and three-self churches (2) throughout provinces (7) and municipalities (5) in mainland China. The survey revealed the parents' regular prayer life, loving and respectful marriage, commitment to faith, and positive parent-child relationship as the most influential components of family life. It was concluded that spiritual modeling in everyday activities by the parents are more influential than formal teaching of the Bible or trainings from the church.
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