A BIBLE STUDY SERIES: THE FAMILY-CENTERED, CHURCH-SUPPORTED PARADIGM SHIFT FOR RAISING CHILDREN IN THE FAITH AT SALEM LUTHERAN CHURCH
Date of Award
Major Applied Project
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Scripture References in this Resource
Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:1-4; Matthew 19:13-15; Psalm 78:4-6: Proverbs 22:6
Nielsen, Michael J. “A Bible Study Series: The Family-Centered, Church-Supported Paradigm Shift for Raising Children in The Faith at Salem Lutheran Church.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2021. 160 pp.
In many Christian churches there is the question: “How do we keep our children after confirmation?” The answer is a simple one: Parents. This MAP examines the relationship of the family and the church when it comes to raising children in the faith. Biblically parents are called to be the primary faith formers in the lives of their children. A multi-part Bible study was created to teach members of Salem Lutheran Church about the importance of parents being the primary faith formers in the lives of their children with the congregation supporting their work of raising their children in the faith. To measure the Bible study’s impact, surveys and interviews were conducted. They gave evidence for the use of this Bible Study Series to help families and the congregation shift to a “family-centered, church-supported” paradigm for raising children in the faith. The surveys and interviews also reveal that there is more work to do in teaching the vocation of faith formation to parents.
Nielsen, Michael J., "A BIBLE STUDY SERIES: THE FAMILY-CENTERED, CHURCH-SUPPORTED PARADIGM SHIFT FOR RAISING CHILDREN IN THE FAITH AT SALEM LUTHERAN CHURCH" (2021). Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project. 178.
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