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Teaching the Faith at Home: What Does This Mean? How Is This Done?

by David Rueter

Item #: 124494WEB / 2015 / Paperback / 232 Pages

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Overview
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 is a very practical look at strategies and models for catechetical instruction that can be shared at church and used in the home.

Catechesis that’s grounded in family life is not a new idea, but it’s one that our fast-paced culture often forgets and would do well to remember and cherish.


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"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 of LCMS Youth Ministry


"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)


"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


About the Author
Dr. David Rueter is the director of the DCE program at Concordia University Irvine. In addition, he serves as the Youth and Family Ministry Facilitator for the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.



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Dan
4/6/2016
Confirmation and Family Ministry

As a current student in a Master’s of Family Life Ministry and a DCE for 7 years I picked this book up hoping it may provide some helpful insights into the Lutheran dynamics of family ministry. David Reuter has done a terrific job of laying out why many of our current confirmation models do not entirely work and are in need of reassessment. Through thoughtful analysis and well researched material “Teaching the Faith at Home” lays a convincing argument for why the church needs to stop looking at catechesis as a one-time event usually occurring in 7th or 8th grade, and instead work with families from the moment of baptism to enable the family to take up job of passing on the faith to the next generation. He writes on page 113, “as a holistic ministry, its programmatic aspects must take into account the realities of family life as they present themselves for each individual. Thus, confirmation ministry is a part of a larger effort of discipleship begun when our students were baptized and continuing throughout their entire lives. Confirmation is discipleship in that it catechizes students in the critical content of the Christian faith, seeks to form them spiritually more and more into the image of Christ, and directs them toward their own growth in Christ.” Before reading this book, I thought it would be more directed at parents but almost two thirds of the work lays the foundation for why catechesis is so vital and seems to be more geared for those responsible for organizing the churches Christian Education. Part 2 is full of tangible ideas and suggestions for parents to do with their children on each of the parts of Luther’s Small Catechism. If you are a Pastor, DCE, Youth Worker, Parent, of just someone who is passionate about faith formation for the next generation, I encourage you to read this work. In my opinion it has done a better job than any other that I have read in bringing together educational philosophy, child development, and theology together.

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