Keeping Kids Connected to the Church Starts at Home
New release explores significance of catechism instruction
Congregations commonly struggle with the question, “How do we keep kids and families connected to the church after the children complete confirmation?” In Teaching the Faith at Home: What Does This Mean? How Is This Done?, author Dr. David Rueter asserts that the key to keeping families connected to the church is catechesis grounded in the home.
Teaching the Faith at Home provides a historical account of catechism instruction. Dr. David Rueter will take you step by step through the chief parts of the catechism, giving practical suggestions on how families can teach the faith at home.
Praise for Teaching the Faith at Home
“Teaching the Faith at Home will effectively equip and encourage church workers and parents alike as they work hand-in-hand to ‘train up a child’ (Proverbs 22:6). In this excellent resource, which is both engaging and practical, author David L. Rueter provides an eye-opening approach to confirmation instruction—a philosophy of ministry that may be fundamental to building and maintaining a viable ‘catechesis culture’ in the church and its families today!”
—Deb Burma, Youth Ministry Leader and Author (Raising Godly Girls, CPH, 2015; Stepping Out: To a Life on the Edge, CPH, 2013)
“This is an excellent, reader-friendly book, championing the cause of lifelong learning and lifespan catechesis. Rueter recognizes the responsibility of the whole church for raising disciples. He makes the case that catechesis is something church and family do together. Anyone concerned about teaching the faith to children, youth, and adults through the entire span of life will find plenty to chew on.”
—Rev. Dr. Terry Dittmer, Senior Director, Youth Ministry Specialist LCMS Office of National Mission
“Teaching the Faith at Home will both challenge and encourage you to make teaching the faith a priority at home and church, and give you workable ideas for how to do so in ways that honor your children’s questions and foster a reasoned and owned faith. This is a wonderful resource for church leaders and parents to draw from in their work together for the sake of their children.”
—Dr. Kevin E. Lawson, Director, PhD and EdD Programs in Educational Studies at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; Editor of the Christian Education Journal
“Dr. Rueter has combined his experience as an educator in the congregation and university with thorough research and insight to produce a text that explains catechetical instruction and equips the reader to realize its benefits. The history, doctrine, wisdom, and practical means of providing catechetical instruction contained in Teaching the Faith at Home make it a greatly needed resource for Christianity.”
—Michael Eschelbach, Professor of Theology, Concordia University Irvine
Teaching the Faith at Home is available for purchase at cph.org. For more information, visit cph.org/teachingthefaith or contact Lindsey Martie, CPH Public Relations, by phone at 314-268-1303, or by email at Lindsey.Martie@cph.org.
About The Author:
Dr. David L. Rueter (PhD, Talbot School of Theology) is Associate Professor of Christian Education and DCE Program Director at Concordia University, Irvine, California. He also serves as Youth and Family Ministry Facilitator for the Pacific Southwest District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
About Concordia Publishing House
Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For 150 years, CPH has been providing individuals, churches, and schools with products that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. From books and Bibles to church supplies, curriculum, and software, CPH offers over 10,000 products to support the proclamation of the Gospel worldwide. Visit CPH online at cph.org.