The September theme for our social media and blog posts is devotion/faith. As always, there will be relationship health connections in terms of insights, tips, and tools.
By Lavern Nissley
Executive Director of Encompass
Would you agree that family is the primary means of transmitting faith to the next generation? It certainly seems clear from a familiar scripture in the Jewish Torah known as the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
So how is that done in our setting, some 3,500 years later? Is anyone actually writing stuff on doorframes and wearing headbands with faith messages?
In their book Endgame: The Church’s Strategic Move to Save Faith and Family in America, John Van Epp and J. P. De Gance cite declining religious affiliation as of 2015 by contrasting three generations:
Also, in looking more closely at the percentage of Millennials that attend church as of 2015 they discovered the following:
“Millennials from continually married parents are 78% more likely to attend church. The number goes up to 96% for white millennials.”
This should encourage those who are strengthening marriages and families. Doing so appears to have an eternal significance.
Celebrating ROI (Return on Investment)
We celebrate the wins of marriage and family investment and impact in Clark County. While it appears that we’re on the right track as a community, may God raise up many more champions so that healthy relationships truly become a hallmark of this region.
Your investments into healthy relationships of time, talent, treasure, and testimony truly are “laying up treasures” in heaven.
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Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.