Thursday, September 3, 2015
Youth: Church and Resilience
Building resilience in children and youth is a hot parenting topic. Research and experience are showing us that children are best served when they develop the ability to come back from failure or hardship - not when their lives are made easy for them.
Another thing that research shows is that young people with a strong alignment to church show more resilience.
Strong alignment includes these factors:
1. Church attendance for more than worship. (Amen for youth group, confirmation class, and Bible class!)
2. A mentor in the church (Amen for youth workers, teachers, elders, and pastors!)
3. The experience of the church helping solve a personal dilemma. (Amen for fellowship, prayer and scripture reading!)
4. Other family members attending regularly. (Amen for parents!)