November 4, 2019 — by Donald Marsden

Me and My House in Mission

We have long known that the family profoundly influences all its members. No other social institution comes close to having an impact on young people that way the family does.  Many parents seek out a church based on the quality of its discipling program for children and youth. However, research among adult Christians in the United States demonstrates that people of faith, when asked who influenced them in the growth of their faith most often answered “my mother.”  Other family members also rank very high in shaping the faith of young people. Research bears out that children are deeply affected by conversations about faith they have with family members. When children and parents go out into their community and into the world to serve together, the positive impact on the faith of a child is massive.  

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August 6, 2015 — by Donald Marsden

Missions: Faith And Fellowship

At a mission conference I attended around 1991, a theme emphasized was this: “The church that really believes in mission does not only send money to support mission, but also sends its children into the mission field.” I’ve been pondering this theme since attending the New Wilmington Mission Conference late in July. NWMC has been meeting every summer since 1906. Its purpose is to ignite in young people an understanding of and passion for serving Jesus in global mission. 

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