I first read the book Sticky Faith by Dr. Kara Powell and Chap Clark 4 years ago. The title of the book was intriguing to me for 2 reasons:
- As a father of 5 children, there are a lot of sticky things in my house. Almost every morning when I sit at my table for breakfast I have to clean up spilled syrup or honey. I feel a common bond with anything “sticky”… pun intended.
- As a former Youth Minister, I understand the importance of pushing hard to teach/disciple students in our church so that they are set-up to have a Faith that lasts through their lifetime, a Faith that sticks.
The book is a great read if you are looking for some thoughts and practical suggestions for helping to instill in your kids/grandkids opportunities for Faith development. I would highly recommend you read it, especially if you have children in upper Elementary and older.
The authors of Sticky Faith have developed various books and curricula to help families with practical ideas for how to lead our families spiritually and develop a faith rhythm at home. We will begin using some of their curriculum to resource our parents/grandparents here at Valley View.
Once a quarter, we will host a Base Camp class where we will work through the videos in their video-based curriculum called “Sticky Faith Family Training”. Our next Base Camp will be held on Sunday morning, April 3rd, at 9:30am. The topic we’ll discuss is “Mirror”, where we will address the question, “What happens when I see things in my kids I don’t like?” In the next quarter we will go through the next video in that series.
If you are a parent/grandparent who desires for your kids/grandkids to know Jesus, we hope you will plan on coming to these Base Camp classes to give you ideas and resources to bless your family and build a faith that sticks.
Our job as parents throughout this process is twofold: First, we help our kids learn to trust God and create the kind of environment where they are able to explore faith and trust while practicing their freedom to respond in love. Second, we model an unconditional, nonjudgmental, and ever-embracing love in which our kids can do nothing that jeopardizes or even lessens that love.