We’re fielding more and more questions here at FYI about the Sticky Faith Parent DVD Curriculum that was just released. Why did we do it? What is it? How can parents, leaders, and churches use it?
Thanks to our good friends at Zondervan Publishing, we were able to compile a 2 minute video that answers many of these questions, but for those of us who like to read, I’ll take a stab at some answers.
Why did we do it? Well, as much as we love and believe in the power of youth ministry, the best research (including our own) indicates that parents are as, if not more, important in a teenager’s life and spirituality than even the best youth leaders. Every parent I can think of wants to be a positive influence in their kids’ lives, and yet they don’t know how, and feel guilty for all they’re not doing. Hopefully the Sticky Faith Parent DVD Curriculum can give some positive, helpful principles and tips.
What is it? We divided the most relevant Sticky Faith research into five different sessions, all of which lasts 15-20 minutes. The 5 session titles are:
1: Sticky Faith Essentials
2: A Sticky Identity
3: Family Conversations about Faith that Sticks
4: Your Sticky Faith Team
5: The Ups and Downs of the Sticky Faith Journey
Each session also includes testimonies of real life parents and students, sharing their highs and lows along the path to Sticky Faith, as well as discussion/reflection questions.
How can parents, leaders, and churches use it? All sorts of ways. For small group or Sunday School curriculum, as a parent training resource (over multiple weeks, or playing many sessions on one day for parents), for content for a book club, or as a DVD for parents to watch on their own.
Most of us who worked on this DVD training are parents ourselves, and we tried to create a tool that would help us. We pray that it helps you and other parents too.