They also summarise a study looking at commonalities of those who remain in the fold versus those who leave.
Recent research out of Fuller Theological Seminary examined the long-term faith of teenagers, and the results were compiled in the book "Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids" by Kara E. Powell and Chap Clark.Three features of children who persevere are
- Students with sticky faith are raised in a faith culture that emphasizes a relationship with Christ as opposed to an adherence to a set of rules.
- Students with sticky faith are surrounded by an intergenerational faith community.
- The most important factor by far in each of the lives of teens who developed sticky faith is a parent who is willing to walk with them through their faith journey.
While not included here, my pastor would add that children who serve in the church persevere more than those who just attend. We should get our children involved in various ministries. Examples would depend on the child but could include helping with younger age group ministry; sound; church setup; music; food ministries.