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Faith Formation: Parenting

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech


Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of faith formation resources for Parenting. Here you'll find:

  • Webinars and Training for progressive-minded parents
  • Small/Parent Group books and discussion starters
  • Family-based activities, book lists and devotionals

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Books, Blogs & Podcasts

Molly Wright: How every child can thrive by five | TED Talk

Molly Wright: How Every Child Can Thrive by Five - OR How Peekaboo Can Change the World / TED

     Dear Son: Raising Faithful, Just, and Compassionate Men     Don't Mom Alone: Growing the Relationships You Need to Be the Mom You Want to Be by [Heather MacFadyen, Chrystal Hurst]          Parenting for a Better World: Social Justice Practices for Your Family and the Planet     

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Doing Good Together offers families Tools to Raise Ethical, Engaged Citizens, including Service Projects, Videos, Reflection Tools, and Book Lists for Young Change Makers and Their Families.


Doing Good Together encourages parents in

Raising Engaged Humans: A Book List for Big-Hearted Parents


Doing Good Together invites parents to support 

The Inner Work of Childhood

How (and Why) To Become a Family of Philosophers

The post includes a pile of wisdom and two book lists:

Click the image for our growing list of recommendations to get you started.     Click the image for our favorite picture books for your youngest philosophers.

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How Parents Help Children Grow in Faith

New research on how parents pass faith to their children provides strong evidence that talking with children about faith in the context of daily life is powerfully important. Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff reports on this and other findings in Handing Down the Faith by Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk.

The Ministry Lab is proud to partner with Doing Good Together in creating MN Conference UCC's Family Faith Toolkits.

As Babies Dream     The Boy Who Grew Flowers     Picture of Can I Have a Hug?     Dear Parent     Drawn Together     Everyday Family Faith     Eyes That Kiss in the Corners     Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home     Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild!     Cover of The Heart of Mi Familia     Home Grown Handbook for Christian Parenting     How to Return a Monster     Cover of Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family (medium)     Some Daddies     The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder     Tofu Takes Time          Cover of When Nana Dances     Yes & No

     moral development in children     Erik Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development

Small Group Books & Discussion Starters

     A Family Like Mine               Picture of A Mind of Their Own     Parenting with an Accent     Peanut Butter and Dragon Wings     Raising Disciples     Raising Good Humans     Picture of The Relationally Intelligent Child     9781587435386.jpg     The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World     Upside Down Living     Picture of Views from the Spectrum                                                                       And the Raising Good Humans podcast

And the Raising Disciples downloadable study guide.

Joe Davis and Agape - Dave Scherer - write letters To My Beloved Children

Activities & Devotions

Breathe through This by Eline Snel

Splash! Pack: 3 Year Set

Connect with families of young children through Splash! monthly newsletters which help caregivers incorporate faith formation in the events of everyday lives. 


"Making the Most of Mealtime Prayers" by Jason Brian Santos

Book Lists

 Presents How to Change the World with a Book Your Tweens Refuse to Read

Inspire your reluctant reader and use literature to do good! along with numerous fantastic book lists for raising compassionate, socially engaged kids.

Raising Luminaries' Books for Littles

A curated list of children's books that address racism, education, identity and numerous other contemporary concerns with humor, gorgeous illustrations and wonderful story-telling.

Webinars & Trainings


Parenting: The 6 Needs of Every Child: Small Group Book Study with Videos on Empowering Parents and Kids through the Science of Connection

Congregations can engage via:

  • Adult/mentor zoom learning and training
  • Virtual Tween & Teen healthy relationships and online safety training
  • Pre-recorded conversations or trainings