Passing On the Faith
A Radical New Model for Youth and Family Ministry
What a radically new (yet ancient) model of faith formation—the family is restored to the center of the faith growth process, with the congregation and community as integral, active partners!
The authors of this book present this new model based on the extensive research of Search Institute and the Youth and Family Institute of Augsburg College, including the fact that only 10 percent of church families (both Protestant and Catholic) discuss their faith on a regular basis. In Passing On the Faith, Strommen and Hardel draw on their pastoral experiences to relate research and theory to Catholic daily life.
The book addresses topics including strengthening family relationships, congregations as family, creating a Christian youth subculture, and transforming today's culture. It also gives concrete advice for translating the strategies from vision into action.
With its helpful chapter notes, bibliography, list of resource contacts, and index, Passing On the Faith is an important text for college and seminary courses in youth and family ministry, and is a useful reference book for community and school libraries. With its narrative style, ideas, anecdotes, charts, graphs, and activities, it is also an essential resource for pastors, youth ministers, family ministers, and community leaders. This book will encourage dialogue about an essential tenet of Christian teachings—that the family is central to faith formation.
1. What Is Youth and Family Ministry?
2. Strengthening Family Relationships.
3. Fostering Close Relationships with God.
4. Faith-Focused Christian Education.
5. Congregations as Family.
6. Creating a Christian Youth Subculture.
7. Healthy Communities, Healthy Children.
8. Transforming Today's Culture.
9. From Vision to Action.
Resource Contact List
Additional Works Consulted
Copyright: Jan. 1, 2000
Size: 6 x 9
Length: 368 pages
what people are saying about Passing On the Faith
Review by Rev. Kendra Creasy Dean, assistant professor of youth, church, and culture, Princeton Theological Seminary
Review by Dr. Roland Martinson, professor of pastoral care and theology, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Review by Richard McCord, director of U.S. Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth