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February 27, 2009

Parenting

Filed under: Parents — Neil @ 7:30 am

Ed Stetzer posted some excerpts from this article on some just released research on parenting on his blog. You can view Ed’s complete post here or the entire article here.

  • Most American parents feel their parenting skills and family life are pretty good, but they are reluctant to describe their homes as peaceful, relaxed or joyful and their daily family time consists mostly of eating dinner and watching television
  • Only 14 percent indicate they are very familiar with what the Bible has to say about parenting, the research revealed. Twenty-seven percent of Protestant parents are very familiar with what the Bible has to say about parenting compared to only 7 percent of Catholic parents. Among parents with evangelical beliefs, 52 percent say they are very familiar with the Bible’s parenting advice…
  • 61 percent completely ignore parenting seminars and 53 percent have no use for books by religious parenting experts
  • Among parents who attend religious worship services weekly, 38 percent indicate they get no encouragement from a sacred text such as the Bible, Torah or Koran and 24 percent report getting no encouragement from their church or place of worship. Forty-three percent of Protestant parents and 85 percent of Catholic parents do not receive encouragement from a sacred text. As for their church, 39 percent of Protestant parents and 71 percent of Catholic parents say it is not a source of encouragement as a parent.

As a youth minister these are some pretty alarming statistics.  Particularly, that 39% of protestant parents say that their church isn’t a source of encouragement & 43% say that they do not receive encouragement from the Bible.  If these stats are accurate it’s time churches start rethinking what we do & how we do it.

Parents, how do you respond to these statistics? Accurate?  Way of base?  What could the church do to be a source of encouragement for you as you parent teenagers?  I’d like to hear from you.  Email me if you’d like.

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