FaithPath

 

OVERVIEW OF FAITH PATH

"My child, listen and be wise. Keep your heart on the right path."

-Proverbs 23:19

 

WHY?  Central Church believes that God designed the family to be the primary disciple-making relationship. In other words, God gave parents the privilege of nurturing faith in the next generation. That's why the FAITH PATH was created, as a step-by-step plan to help you be intentional as you prepare for key faith milestones and foster spiritual disciplines in your child's faith journey.


WHAT?  The FAITH PATH strategy is designed to help you develop a clear plan to intentionally point your child toward Christ in an age appropriate manner. We hope that you are naturally exposing your child to many of these faith practices from an early age. FAITH PATH recommends focusing on particular practices or preparing for certain milestones at specific ages and stages. We will provide you with free kits that include training, resources, and ideas to help you guide your child along the path.


 WHEN?  You can start today regardless of your child's age or stage of development. Don't worry if you miss a step or if you start the process with an older child. You can always go back and emphasize earlier steps. We also encourage you to reinforce these practices as your child matures rather than view them as a one-time emphasis. You'll find recommended resources and ideas for beginning each step in your child's life and continuing as your child matures.


 Please take advantage of the links below and begin the process in your family.

[download Overview kit]    [watch Overview video]

 

 

 

 
FAITH PATH STEPS

The FAITH PATH suggests a focus of specific practices and milestones at certain ages.

However, you know your child the best and can determine the most appropriate time to emphasize each step.

 
PARENT DEDICATION (ages birth to 2 years)

Make a commitment to raise your child in a Christ-centered home.

[download Parent Dedication kit] 

 
 
BLESSING (ages 3+)

Establish the practice of praying for and giving a blessing to your child on a routine basis.

[download Blessing kit]  

 
 
FAMILY TIME (ages 4+)

Establish the practice of connecting as a family while passing spiritual truths to your child. Small conversations will grow into wonderful discussions over time.

[download Family Time kit] 

 
 
PREPARE TO LEAD YOUR CHILD TO CHRIST (age 5+)

Learn to lead your child to Christ. Although it may be several years before your child expresses an interest in becoming a Christian, now is the time to begin preparing for those discussions. 

[download Prepare to Lead kit] 

 
 
PRAYER (ages 6+)

Teach your child about prayer and establish the practice of praying as a family.

[download Prayer kit] 

 
 
BIBLE (ages 7+)

Teach your child about God's word and establish the practice of reading and memorizing scripture as a family.

[download Bible kit] 

 
 
WORSHIP (ages 8+)

Establish the practice of worshiping and adoring God in your daily life both at home and with God's family.

[download Worship kit]  

 
 
GIVING & SERVING (ages 9+)

Establish the practice of giving and serving others for God's glory.

[download Giving & Serving kit]  

 
 
PREPARING FOR ADOLESCENCE (ages 10+)

Discuss the changes and challenges of puberty with your child.

[download Preparing for Adolescence kit]  

 
 
PURITY (ages 11+)

Prepare and challenge your child to cherish and commit to purity.

[download Purity kit]  

 
 
 
RITE OF PASSAGE (ages 16+)

Celebrate and give your child a vision for the future as an emerging adult.

[download Rite of Passage kit]  

 
 
LAUNCH (ages 17+)

Coach your child to develop their own personal faith while moving toward college and/or career and also adult independence.

[download Launch kit]  

 

 

FAITH DECISION

SALVATION & BAPTISM (ages will vary)

When your child decides to trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, guide your child to a deeper understanding of their commitment as they are baptized into Christ.

[download Salvation & Baptism kit]

 

 
NEED MORE RESOURCES?

 

Tammy Beck (Children's Ministry) - tammy@arcentralchurch.org

Shannon Cooper (Teen Ministry) - shannon@arcentralchurch.org

Travis Harris (Teen Ministry) - travis@arcentralchurch.org

 

 

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