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!) 

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