Research shows one out of two teens drift from their faith after graduation from high school. With numbers like these, youth leaders and parents are worried their students and kids will fall within this statistic.
The key to having a faith that lasts well beyond the pomp and circumstance is having a continuous conversation about faith with your students and kids as well as discussing your own. In today’s episode of the Think Orange podcast, we’ll hear from Kara Powell and Paula Dannielle about what you can do to help kids’ faith stick well beyond Sunday.
Welcome to Episode 34 of the Think Orange Podcast.
Dave introduces today’s podcast idea and guests, Kara Powell, executive director of Fuller Youth Institute, associate professor of youth and family ministry, and who serves as a youth and family strategist at Orange, and Paula Dannielle, founder and CEO of Purpose Over Rules, a next generation coaching firm that partners with churches to help students live purpose-filled lives (1:11)
Kara talks about the relationship churches have with busy families these days (8:07)
Why our church’s strategies to reach families aren’t working (10:13)
For the average kid, their parents will determine their faith trajectory more than youth leaders (12:17)
Kara discusses three ways to meet parents’ needs (15:28)
Why sharing your spirituality with your children is important (23:35)
What do you do if your child doesn’t want to talk to you? (26:57)
Paula Dannielle introduces herself (29:15)
Why searching the bible for answers to your spiritual questions can help grow the faith of your kids (31:48)
Is it important for parents to share their testimonies? (35:05)
How to talk to your kids about politics (38:18)
Dave and Paula talk about discipline (40:48)
Why spending time with God in solitude and together is important (43:15)
Types of technology that will help start conversations with your kids (45:45)
Dave shares one important question his wife asks him about his faith (47:09)
Dave gives closing remarks (54:28)
People, Places & Helpful Resources
Blog: Orange Leaders – a blog with strategies, tips and ideas from leaders influencing the faith and character of the next generation
Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.
PAULA DANNIELLE FORTE
Paula Dannielle currently serves as the Family Ministry Director for the Uptown campus at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, NC. Paula is the founder of Purpose Over Rules, a family ministry coaching company.
Quotes from This Episode
“We can’t out teach what you teach at home. We’re not that good.” Click To Tweet“When we hide who we were, it makes it more difficult for them to come to us with who they are.” Click To Tweet“The best research shows one out of two young people drift from God after graduation from high school.” Click To Tweet“It’s essential to treat faith like a destination instead of a journey.” Click To Tweet
Ideas to Influence the Next Generation
Ask your kids questions about their faith regularly. Look for conversation starters not only in church, but in your everyday lives.
Share your faith with your kids and students.
Kids need to know you’re human and that God is working in your life, too. Share your past and current struggles in your faith to give them a broad perspective of how God works.
Listen and meet the needs of the parents.
The parents’ have the greatest impact on their kids’ faith. Gain a greater understanding of what they need to feel supported and equipped to handle such a big job.
Conversation Starters For Your Church
How can we better support our parents to grow the faith of their children? How can we create more opportunities to hear what they need?
What opportunities do we have to have honest conversations with our students about faith? How can we be more available to them?
When he’s not working as a pastor at North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Dave is usually making his family cross their arms, roll their eyes, and tap their feet while he takes “just one more quick photo” on family outings. You’ll also often find him up to his neck in “Jewish stuff” as he researches the cultural context of Jesus for his daily Instagram devotions. Learn more about Dave at daveadamson.tv.
Ashley serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange and the USA Director of Carry 117. She has worked with students in public education, athletic and ministry settings for the last 12 years. She is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating on stage, developing leaders, working with students and world missions. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
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