New Apostolic Church USA

Faith Arc FAQs - Parents

What resources and tools is the church offering to help parents better disciple their children?

Currently, there is a parenting newsletter that is available for parents. While the suggested games and activities usually slant towards the Sunday School ages, the information and topics covered can be applied by parents of children of all ages. In 2017, the NAC USA will be introducing a monthly parenting email and brief video that parents can receive by subscribing via our website.

 

Many people don’t have time for more work. Why is the church expecting parents to do more?

We understand that the demands on your time are abundant. The Bible outlines that the primary spiritual teaching of children happens in the home. This isn’t just done with prescribed lesson guides, but also with the way parents live their lives. The church is committed to providing quality tools that are concise and practical and help parents and families grow in Christ together.

 

What should be done when there may not be parental support for a youth to participate in the youth group?

There are many demands on time and other responsibilities that people are committed to in their daily life. If a parent is unable to or doesn’t want to provide the necessary support for their child’s spiritual development, that creates an opportunity for the congregation to help support and invest in the student.

 

Is there a criteria for youth to attend a certain number of small group discussions before being confirmed?

With improved teaching on the importance of the youth small group discussions, it is hoped that the youth and parents see the value in participating and supporting the small group discussions. The curriculum is designed for the student to attend each of the discussions. Knowing that there may be some times during a semester when the student is unable to attend, systematic reviews happen each semester to ensure the core material is covered and understood.

 

If someone decides they want to make their Confirmation vow after graduating high school, could that be done in the sacristy? Can the confirmand decide whether it is during a divine service or not?

The Confirmation vow and blessing are to occur in the context of the divine service liturgy. Once a student turns 18, they assume the responsibility of the vow that the parents made at the child’s baptism and sealing.

 

How will the youth group operate without the older youth as mentors? What will happen to my child that is older than 18 but is currently very active in the youth group?

Many young adults have been considered part of the youth group for many years. They can still have a very active role in mentoring youth that are still considered a part of the youth group. A youth leader may still lead and coach young adults in the individual’s mentoring responsibilities with youth, and equip them to be stronger leaders in the congregation. Depending on the young adult’s involvement with teens, the young adult may need to go through some approval and background checks.

 

Who will need a background check? (This was in lieu of a prior statement that all teachers and youth leaders will need a background check.)

For any person working with children or youth in the congregation, they will need a background check. This includes teachers, youth leaders, and ministers. Already right now, ministers are going through the process of signing the Principles of Understanding and receiving a background check. The process of background checks is important because it’s necessary to create an environment of safety for all members.

 

Everything worked great for me. Why are you making these changes for my child(ren)?

Continual learning and change is important. Culture has evolved a lot over the past several years. The research done by the New Apostolic Church USA suggests that it is no longer fitting to have an open age range for a youth group. This has legal, safety and maturity level components. In today’s culture, we must be very sensitive to the legal implications of having adults in ministry with minors. These legal sensitivities are rooted in making safety for minors a priority, and we must share this concern. Further, adults are in a different life stage and often have different needs. It is important for young adults to experience full integration into congregational life as the adults that they are. They should be treated this way, and they should be labeled this way.

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