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Empowering Parents

For years I’ve strategized new ways to support, equip, and continue empowering parents of young people. I’ve created and led parenting seminars on entitlement and digital addiction, helped develop an online course called Parents as Allies, and co-authored a bestselling book on innovative ways to partner with parents (The Family-Friendly Church). I’ve been a passionate advocate …

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What We’re Learning: The Power of Presence

By Dr. Nancy GoingDirector of Research & Resource Development In the emerging research spotlighting the impact of pandemic-induced social isolation, the outcomes are sobering. Writing in a Frontiers In Psychology report, authors Giada Pietrabissa and Susan G. Simpson report: “The most common psychological disorders emerging are anxiety and panic, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, insomnia, digestive problems, as well as …

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What We’re Learning: Why Parents Matter More Than Ever

By  Dr. Nancy GoingDirector of Research & Resource Development Research has told us for more 25 years that the faith lives of parents matter (and actually matter most) for the formation of faith in their children. That message and the impact of ongoing research for discipling and education ministries in the church was first identified by …

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How Young People Experience God

By Dr. Nancy Going,the Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen, andRick Lawrence  A conversation between two researchers, Dr. Nancy Going and the Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen, on the surprising foundations of “meaning-making” and how young people experience God among children and adolescents. This is the kickoff for a month-long series of posts on the important takeaways from this research, …

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Discovering God through Active Wondering

In the process of diving into research for my book Holy Work With Children, I developed a new method for working and doing research with children. Active Wondering became the most beneficial process for my work as a researcher. Engaging in these open conversations created a safe space for us to wonder together, revealing the children’s …

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