A recent Lifeway Research survey of Christian parents of young adults (18-30) identified top factors that contributed to the spiritual health of their children. Children who did all five of the top practices (below, in order of influence) had a significantly higher (41%) spiritual health score as young adults.
- Regularly Reading the Bible: Are you teaching and encouraging your child to read God’s Word?
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” –Psalm 119:105
- Regularly Praying: How are you helping your child to pray consistently?
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –Philippians 4:6
- Regularly Serving in Church: Are you serving others AND helping your children to do the same?
“As I have loved you (by serving), so you must love (by serving) one another. —John 13:34
- Primarily Listening to Christian Music: What are the most repeated messages your child’s mind is taking in?
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” –Philippians 4:18
- Participating in Church Mission Trips/Projects: Is your family taking advantage of mission opportunities with the church?
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” –Matthew 28:19
This study reminds us that teaching and showing kids how to practice their faith makes a lifetime impact. For more great information on this study, read Lifeway’s article, How Parents Can Encourage Their Kids’ Spiritual Health.