WHO IS IN YOUR “FAITH WEB“?
Research from the Fuller Youth Institute shows that one of the BEST ways to prepare our young people with a faith that will STICK through college & young adult years, is to connect them in relationships. Each young person should be purposefully connected in active relationships with at least 5 older adults who share the same beliefs & live by them.
The 5 people in a “Faith Web” do not have to be local members of the same church. They can be close relatives, neighbors, family friends, etc. This 5:1 ratio is also not a guarantee or equation. But it IS a goal for offering the strongest journey and support system for tomorrow. It may even need to be updated as a student grows.
As a church, we recognize that our young people come from a variety of backgrounds. You might be a teenager reading this, who realizes there is no one at home you could list on your “Faith Web”. You might be a parent who could easily fill out the blanks. You might be a grandparent, or guardian, who is excited to figure this out. You might be a parent who is new to the faith, & wants to grow!
Whatever the case, we hope you’ll take some time to think & pray seriously about who might belong on this “Faith Web”. If you’re a parent – take a moment to sit with your teen, and talk together about who might be a good candidate. We pray these sample letters can be used/adapted by you as you reach out to others, purposefully inviting them to see themselves as connected in ways they might not have previously.
We also want to help you—if you’re struggling to find people willing to commit to the description found in the letter, let us know. We want to help you connect & find relationships that will help you grow in your faith not only today—but for whatever tomorrow might bring. YOU are loved. YOU are valuable. YOU are an important piece of God’s Mission to launch His World-Changing Kingdom here & now through lives that shine with His Love. As always, please let us know how we can serve you & your family better.
Praying with you,
Pastor Wick <><