Research shows intergenerational relationships are linked with faith that sticks (Sticky Faith, by Kara Powell and Chap Clark). At Constance, our vision is to see every 5th-12th grade student connecting with five adults who model active faith. Whether you are a student, parent, or adult in our congregation, you can help accomplish this vision. Consider where you might fit in the 5:1 vision. Are you an adult with faith to pass on to the next generation? Are you a student looking for faith role models? Are you a parent helping a child identify their five? There are many ways to connect intergenerational to make a lasting impact.
Parents play a key role in helping children identify their “five.” These can include Christian relatives, coaches, or adults at church. Parents can be intentional about inviting these faith role models to walk alongside their kids, especially during the teen years.
Every middle and high school student can identify at least five adults who are faith role models in their lives. While the names of these adults may change throughout the years, the ratio remains the same.
Every believing adult has the potential to be a faith role model for a young person. Being a role model does not require special training or expertise. It can be as easy as getting to know a young person through a shared activity and engaging in simple conversations related to faith.