Ministry to Families and Young People
Rev. Joshua Patty
Regional Minister and President
Most Christians recognize that it is vital to offer faith formation and nurturing for young people. Helping children and teenagers develop a relationship with God, plus sharing the wisdom of Christian perspectives, allow them to grow and face challenges in healthier ways.
Our regional church lives this priority out through our extensive camp program, plus additional activities and support throughout the year. And I imagine that your congregation also has ways that nurture young people. I also know that such ministry is especially challenging these days, partially because it seems that young people face more difficult issues than previous generations.
Here are wonderful resources for families and congregations prepared by Ministries Across Generations. This is a ministry of Disciples Home Missions that supports Children Worship & Wonder programs and so much more. I highly recommend their extensive website: www.docfamiliesandchildren.org. In particular, you might visit the Family Resources page (under the Families tab) and Tough Situations (under the Leaders tab). This ministry also hosts monthly online conversations about specific topics which are also recorded and available on their YouTube page.
Speaking of families, I thank you for supporting mine. I am in the midst of paternity leave, which is giving us additional time to focus on bonding and adapting from a household with two children to three. By and large, everyone is doing well.