Do contemporary Christian families need the church? Examining the benefits of faith communities from parent and child perspectives

Holmes, Sarah (2021) Do contemporary Christian families need the church? Examining the benefits of faith communities from parent and child perspectives. Journal of Practical Theology. ISSN 1756-073X Online ISSN: 1756-0748

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Abstract

The role of Christian faith communities in faith nurture of children is examined using empirical data, to assess whether the church is redundant for families. Insights are taken from child development, psychology and theology, to support a multi-disciplinary analysis of empirical data from children, parents and church leaders in North-West England, UK. Potential reasons for disengagement are revealed, as well as positive outcomes that are possible through family involvement in a faith community. Churches are encouraged to recognise the limitations of family’s involvement in church, and consider tangible strategies to foster inclusion and engagement.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Children; church community; relationships; faith nurture; family
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Sarah Holmes
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2021 13:28
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2021 11:32
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3307

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