Today's Word for Pastors...
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Today's Preaching Insight...
Teaching Spiritual Truths
"Parents believe that they are primarily responsible for the spiritual development of their children, but few parents spend time during a typical week interacting with their children on spiritual matters," states a report by the Barna Research Group of Ventura, CA. The report "underscores the need for churches to help parents address the spiritual needs of their children more intentionally and effectively."
The Barna study reports that 85 percent of parents of children under age 13 "believe they have the primary responsibility for teaching their children about religious beliefs and spiritual matters. Just 11 percent said their church is primarily responsible, and 1 percent said it is mostly the domain of their child's school. Few parents assigned such responsibility to friends, society or the media. Nearly all parents of children under the age of 13 - 96 percent - contend that they have the primary responsibility for teaching their children values. Just 1 percent said their church has that task and 1 percent assigned that role to the child's school.
"Related research, however, revealed that a majority of parents do not spend any time during a typical week discussing religious matters or studying religious materials with their children. However, about two out of three parents of children 12 or younger attend religious services at least once a month and generally take their children with them. Most of those parents are willing to let their church or religious center provide all of the direct religious teaching and related religious experiences that their children receive."
Don't forget the young ones under your pastoral care!
Christian Media 'Outdraw' Churches
"A greater number of adults experience the Christian faith through the Christian media, such as radio, television or books, than attend Christian services," the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) announced, according to a story in The Washington Times.
The NRB categorizes this as a "wake-up call" for churches and producers alike, noting that while 132 million adults attended church in a recent month, 141 million used some form of Christian media.
While this outreach activity helps the public focus "on things that matter," said poll director George Barna, it won't get far without a supportive community. "The people factor must always be incorporated if Christianity is to be an expression of God's intent."
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