Parents pray and pass the Faith.
Christian parents have the distinct privilege and responsibility of being the principle influence in the lives of their children. We believe Scripture has set forth the home as the primary place of formation and discipleship for their children. That is, parents are instructed to raise their children as Christians. However, we know that true saving faith is a gift of God, and not something one can simply inherit from their parents. This is why we say parents ought to pray and pass. Parents faithfully pass the faith all the while praying to God that he will be gracious in granting true faith to their children.
Children receive the Faith.
From the first minutes of life, children are observing, absorbing everything, learning from and imitating their parents. It is the nature of childhood to be highly formable and endlessly curious. In these years, we believe it is the child’s responsibility and joy to simply receive the Faith. They are not born innocent, and they are not born with the answers or a knowledge of the truth. They are to receive the Faith as we deliver it to them. This is the vow made to them in their Baptism.
Students own the Faith.
As children age into Middle School, they are solidly on their path towards independence. By the age of 10 or 11, they have already been asking the questions “why?” and “how?” for a very long time. In the years of Middle School and High School, we will be working towards helping students own the Faith. Building upon the foundation of receiving the faith through their early years, students are encouraged to consider Christ as their own—as their Savior—and to enter into the process of Confirmation.