When children are in their early elementary school years, their minds are actually at the peak time for easy rote memorization. And yet, many Protestant churches begin formal confirmation instruction years after this formative period. What are the effects of this lapse in time? Too often, young teens fall away from their church after confirmation—a trend that will hurt future generations of families.
After assessing current trends in the faith development of youth, Dr. David Rueter wrote Teaching the Faith at Home: What Does This Mean? How Is This Done? to reveal why the historic model of teaching the catechism early in the home is key in keeping families connected to the Church. Part 1 focuses on laying a foundation for understanding the history, purpose, and theological reasons for catechesis. And Part 2 takes a practical look at strategies and models for catechetical instruction that can be shared at church and used in the home.
The following excerpt from chapter 3, “What Went Wrong?,” discusses how postmodernism has affected the way many people think, which in turn has affected the way they approach religion.
CPH recently released Teaching the Faith at Home: What Does This Mean? How Is This Done? by Dr. David Rueter, director of the DCE program at Concordia University Irvine and the Youth and Family Ministry Facilitator for the Pacific Northwest District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. In his new book, Dr. Rueter passionately challenges the status quo of confirmation practices and patterns in Protestant churches. By digging into history and offering practical tips for the future, he outlines a vision for catechesis that’s lifelong.
Check out our recent Q&A with Dr. Rueter on inspiration, parent-and-church partnership, and creating a “thinking climate” for the youth in our midst. [Read more…] about Q&A with Dr. David Rueter, author of Teaching the Faith at Home