Demographic, cultural changes key to declining church membership: Sociologist of religion (Featuring Dr. Joel Thiessen)
BY MATT GARDNER
Shifting immigration patterns and broader social changes are key factors in declining membership within the Anglican Church of Canada, according to a sociologist who studies religion in Canada. But while many Protestant denominations face similar challenges, growing congregations also exist within these traditions that share a number of common features.
Originally Posted in the Anglican Journal, January 2, 2020.
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Faith Formation with a New Generation
John Roberto, Lisa Brown, Tanya Eustace Campen, Lynn Barger Elliott, and Lee Yates
Faith Formation with a New Generation provides a framework for the future of faith formation with children and youth that will help in the transformation of how faith formation might be looked at and designed. It comes from a more organic and wide-ranging approach to faith formation that is grounded in the children and youth literature which then provides a solid foundation for lifelong faith formation. The book has a familiar tone: the centrality of an intergenerational faith community and the family; and something new: 21st century approaches and methods for engaging a new generation of young people (Gen Z) and their parents. Many of the chapters provide helpful tools for consideration.
Chapter 1 presents the essential features of a twenty-first century approach to faith formation with children and adolescents.
Chapter 2 explores how the intergenerational faith community provides rich resources for faith formation and guides you in identifying how to provide intergenerational faith forming experiences for children and adolescents.
Chapter 3 explores the central role of families in faith community and guides you in utilizing five core strategies for family faith forming experiences for children and adolescents.
Chapter 4 explores how Generation Z is learning in new ways and guides you in reimagining and redesigning age-group faith formation with children and adolescents.
Chapter 5 integrates the key concepts and practices so you can design a faith formation plan for children and adolescents (and their families) that integrates intergenerational, family, and age group faith formation.
Dr. Arch Wong, Professor of Practical Theology, Flourishing Congregations Institute.
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