What is "Sticky Faith"?
"Sticky Faith" is a term coined by the folks at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) to describe a faith that "sticks" beyond high school. FYI is an organization committed to taking current research and translating it into resources that elevate church leaders, kids, and families. Current statistics indicate that as many of 50% of students who are connected to a high school ministry struggle in their faith after graduation. FYI is hoping to develop the findings of the College Transition Project into practical tools that can be used to help students foster a healthy spirituality that continues into college.
What is the Sticky Faith Learning Cohort?
Started in February 2010, the Sticky Faith Learning Cohort is a group of a dozen churches that are beginning to experiment with ways of implementing the emerging research into their practical context. Over the course of 2010, they met together in Pasadena, via phone, and online with FYI staff to figure out together what it looks like in the real world.
Why is SBPC a part of the Sticky Faith Learning Cohort?
Here at SBPC we value intergenerational community and worship. The way youth ministry has operated over the past couple decades has largely marginalized students, directly contributing to the difficulties of maintaining vital faith after graduation. We believe things need to change in order to become the church God is calling us to be, and we believe that being part of the Sticky Faith Learning Cohort can help us make those changes.
What will Sticky Faith look like at SBPC?
That is a fantastic question. Although it is an important issue, not very many churches are even asking the long term questions, let alone doing a good job of answering them. We feel like we are on the leading edge of this conversation, and so we are still unsure of exactly where this road will lead us. One thing is for sure, however, we are excited to be headed in the right direction.
How can I learn more about Sticky Faith?
You can visit the Fuller Youth Institute website, the College Transition Project website (which has articles and audio), or read one of the many books dealing with adolescent development, especially Hurt or When Kids Hurt written by Chap Clark, youth ministry veteran and Fuller faculty.