St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne is convinced that faith development for children is best done at home, but had a strong desire to support and equip parents with this challenge. Funded in part by a Center for Congregations’ resource grant, St. Peter’s sent a representative to become a certified Love and Logic instructor. The congregation purchased curriculum to provide Love and Logic classes in the church and materials for a lending library of Love and Logic resources.
There was a bit of trepidation that, despite the training and investment, parents would be too busy or too disinterested to take advantage of this opportunity. The opposite turned out to be true. When asked what she learned about her congregation through this project, Michelle Leahy, the family ministry director for St. Peter’s, said that young families are hungry for parenting support and that young moms welcomed the ability to connect with others in a similar phase in life.
The inaugural class was recently completed, and 25 individuals participated. Additionally, the lending library is seeing traffic, and there are even plans underway to offer more classes at St. Peter’s and to offer training to other congregations in the area.
The Center for Congregations believes that when a congregation combines their own unique mission and vision with outside training and expertise, wonderful things can happen. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is a great example of this reality.
What future vision do you have for your congregation? We would love to connect with you and learn about your congregation’s heart and see how we might be able to match you with expertise to see your vision come to fruition.
To start a conversation with us, contact your local Center for Congregations office. We look forward to hearing from you.