Spiritual formation begins in the home. Well, that’s at least according to the way Susannah Wesley raised her children. I believe that many of our U.M. Churches have relinquished this responsibility in equipping, encouraging and preparing parents to intentionally pass on spirituality and the language of the Christian faith to their children. That’s not to say that there aren’t some churches have done a phenomenal job at equipping parents to pass on the faith, however, not enough leaders in the church are taking this very important responsibility seriously.
The article quoted above is called Equipping Parents, but I would propose that the title should include "and the Church". It should be an important read for each and every member of a congregation.
To make it easier, here is the link to the Spiritual Generativity Essay noted.
The work by Kendra Creasy Dean referenced in this article is "Almost Christian: What the Faith of our Teenagers is Telling the American Church". I have a copy of this book if anyone in the congregation would like to read it.