This workshop on faith formation is for parents, teachers, and anyone who influences youth. I'll share powerful concepts from a course I developed for the Institute of Religious and Pastoral Studies at the University of Dallas.
For over two decades, I taught theology, led retreats, and did spiritual direction for teens, hearing about their spiritual welfare and warfare. Tragically, for some adolescents, Jesus is more of a religious idea to explore than a real person to lean on and love. Concepts of Christ are not enough to support kids as they strive to preserve their integrity and spirituality in our very secular world.
I also spent many years as a volunteer religion teacher in various elementary grades. Based on these experiences, the discussion will help you discover what works and what doesn’t work in faith formation at different stages of development. We’ll look at how to handle children's questions and doubts. (One element of faith is doubt, which often shows a child is taking what they’ve heard about God seriously.) The material will prepare you to prepare children to accept the greatest gift of all—faith.
One of the most effective ways to ensure that children establish a relationship with Christ is to make Christ real in their lives as early as possible. A most potent method of doing that is helping them "Step into Scripture." You can click here to read more about the practice of imaginative Scriptural prayer. You’ll link to a Scriptural story that helps children take their first journal into the Bible. Leading this imaginative prayer is as easy as asking children to allow their eyes to close and to imagine they are part of the Biblical account of the feeding of the 5,000.
This workshop can be adapted to your group’s needs. Contact me for more information. God bless you on the exciting journey of parenting or teaching children. You've been chosen! Childhood is fleeting, but its lessons last a lifetime.
Response to Helping Children Grow in Their Love for Jesus Workshop:
"I learned how to make kids feel comfortable talking about topics teenager boys would ordinarily NEVER discuss in a group.” R.S.
"I found new ways to teach a subject many at the adolescent level find tedious.” A.W.
“Your enthusiasm was contagious. I learned how to teach my child in fun and enjoyable ways.” N.M.
“Your inspiration and faith in us as the most important teachers of our children has given me great confidence in my role.” G.S.
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