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Faith Shaper

Welcome to Faith Shaper! Current statistics overwhelmingly tell us that the present generation of young people are walking away from church and or their faith in early adolescent years. “50,000 young people a year are leaving the Christian faith and deciding that they have no religion.” (Philip Hughes, Christian Research Australia) 

David Goodwin in his thesis Lost In Transition states “There is no doubt that pre and early adolescence is a time when many children drop out of church. What makes the situation worse is that many children, who do stay in church during their high school years . . . are possibly only there because parents insist they attend church, or their social life is linked with the church youth group.”P.7


Making lifelong disciples of children and youth is a key priority of our church. We believe that it is time to have the important discussions on what formational experiences they need. In partnership with the Interdenominational National conversation here2stay South Pacific Division and Australian Conferences Children’s Ministries have put together 7 Essential Experiences that will shape this faith that stays. We want this faith to be deep, and it needs to be strong and active.

This is not a program. It doesn’t sit with one department. It doesn’t sit with one age group. ‘Faith Shaper’ is a set of experiences from birth to eighteen years that should determine how all Departments do ministry.  We are asking that everyone – church, home and school, to study the experiences and put in place strategies that ensure they happen well. In his Valuegenesis research, Dr Barry Gane found that “There is an increasing probability that young people will develop high Christian commitment, and high loyalty to the Church if they have the benefits of effective homes, effective churches and effective Adventist schools."

It is time to work together for the faith of our present and future generations of children and young people. We have a problem, and we have a solution.We believe that collaboratively we CAN achieve this. We can reverse the flow. We CAN produce lifelong disciples for Jesus. Click here to view the Faith Shaper Information booklet.

Shaping Life Long Faith @ Church

Shaping Life Long Faith is a journey. As you plan to give the children in your church the experiences they need for life-long faith, have a look at the following checklist and tick off how many practices you do. Put a star beside those that as a church you want to do.Use this handout to give you a place to start thinking as a church for all the seven essential experiences; Service and Mission, Homes Empowered, Authentic Relationships, Participation, Intergenerational Connections, Noteworthy Memory events and God Encounters. To print or download click here or on the image below. 



Faith Shaper Posters

Please feel free to download, print and display any or all of the Faith Shaper 7 Essential experiences posters. Download by clicking on the links below.

       

Faith Shaper Guides to the 7 Essential Faith Experiences

Designed for anyone interested in building lifelong faith in children. These booklets include articles and practical tips on how to implement the 7 essential experiences in your church, home or school. Please feel free to download by clicking on the links below.These booklets are currently being written over the next few months… so there are more Faith Shaper Guides coming soon!