The Hausvater Project offers ways to connect the congregation to the home:
- Encouraging Daily Devotions in the Congregation, by David Mumme
- Portrait of a Congregation at Prayer, by Robert Lawson
- Faith@Home Revealed: An Inside Look at Churchgoing Parents, reviewed by Benjamin Wessel
- Dr. Ryan MacPherson to present for the 2019 San Antonio Biblical Worldview Conference
- Free Marriage, Parenting, and Home Devotion Materials
Connecting the Congregation to the Home
In this series of articles, we are discussing the life of the Christian congregation at prayer, including examples of how pastors encourage their parishioners to live out, on a daily basis, the same Word of God taught each Sunday in the Divine Service.
Encouraging Daily Devotions in the Congregation
By David Mumme
We pastors spend a significant amount of time planning and preparing for this in the congregation by choosing hymns and preparing bulletins for Divine Services. But how do we help the members of our congregation let the word of Christ dwell richly in their homes and families? Every pastor encourages his members to read the Scriptures, to pray with and for their families, to sing hymns together, and to learn by heart Bible verses and the texts of Luther’s Small Catechism. But how do we help them to actually do this? Click to continue reading...
Portrait of a Congregation at Prayer
How can pastors encourage their parishioners to live out the Word of God every day of the week, using the Sunday Divine Service as a foundation? The Hausvater Project invited Pastor Rob Lawson of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Escondito, California, to explain the resources he uses to promote the prayer life of his congregation. Click to continue reading...
Faith@Home Revealed: An Inside Look at Churchgoing Parents
Reviewed by Benjamin Wessel
Faith@Home is an organization designed to strengthen the church not through marketing techniques on Sunday morning, but through living and teaching the Christian faith in the home. Faith@Home helps congregations by assessing their spiritual health on the basis of the strength of the cultivation of the faith at home, as measured by the FaithLife Survey. On the basis of the survey results, Faith@Home gives practical advice on how to strengthen spiritual life at home among couples in the congregation. The book Faith@Home Revealed: An Inside Look At Churchgoing Parents by Mark Holmen and Brian Stewart summarizes survey results from over 1,600 families from twelve different denominations, and notes major cross-denominational trends in American Protestantism. Click to continue reading...
Getting the Facts Straight: How Grammar, History, and Logic Can Rescue Education from Postfactualism
Forthcoming by Ryan MacPherson, at the 2019 San Antonio Biblical Worldview Conference Saturday, January 26, 2019
“Postfactual” education coaches students to feel good about themselves without ever memorizing facts or distinguishing truth from error. Grammar, history, and logic have been so neglected that few students ever acquire the ability to read with understanding. As the Lutheran Reformers noted 500 years ago, a re-centering of schools around the classical liberal arts can restore biblical literacy to the church and capable self-governance to the community. Click for more information.
Free Marriage, Parenting, and Home Devotion Materials
The handouts from Dr. MacPherson’s recent 3-session workshop at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, are available for free download here. Remember that www.hausvater.org has many other resources to assist your family in cultivating a Christ-centered marriage and passing your faith down to future generations.
Forgiveness in Christ: it’s for you and your children. (Acts 2:38-29)
The Hausvater Project seeks to equip Christian men and women for distinctive and complementary vocations in family, church, and society, by fostering research and education in light of Holy Scripture as proclaimed by the Lutheran Confessions.