Faith Path

A teaching ministry for parents

What is Faith Path?

Faith Path is a series of intentional events, classes, and small group studies that are aimed at teaching parents at Wellspring how to disciple their children at specific developmental stages, and serves to partner with parents in achieving Wellspring's vision of seeing the living hope of Jesus surging through the next generation. These 7 Faith Paths are held at various times throughout the ministry year, giving families multiple opportunities to take advantage of each Faith Path as their children grow and enter into new phases of their development.

Baby Dedication:
The 1st Step

A Baby Dedication event allows us to mark an important passage in the life of a family: the addition of a new child.  We encourage parents to dedicate their baby as soon as possible upon their arrival in the family.  This  means that most (but not all) children are under age 2.

Baby Dedication at Wellspring is for any parents who want to be intentional about discipling their child to love and follow Jesus above all else.  A dedication event of this nature serves as a reminder to us that raising the children God gave us is a matter of stewardship.  Our children are not our own - they belong to God.  This event helps remind us of that and gives parents the opportunity to publicly declare their desire to be intentional about raising their children to put God first in their lives.

Creating a Rhythm:
The 2nd Step

Join us to discover simple, but powerful ways you can leverage your family's unique rhythm to build a strong spiritual foundation for your children. This next step will prepare you to disciple them to become young people who passionately love and follow Jesus above all else, because what happens at home is more important than what happens at church. This 1-hour event is designed for parents of children ages 1-4 and is held once or twice a year during the first service. Childcare is provided, but registration is required.

Positive Discipline:
The 3rd Step

Anyone who plays a significant role in a child’s life is encouraged to attend this valuable Faith Path event at Wellspring. 1-2-3 Magic is a national curriculum created by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. It is a humorous look at parenting, a serious look at discipline for parents of children ages 2-7.  In a Saturday event held once or twice a year we will break down the task of parenting into three straightforward jobs:
  1. Controlling Obnoxious Behavior: Learn an amazingly simple technique to get the kids to STOP doing what you don’t want them to do (whining, arguing, tantrums, sibling rivalry, etc).
  2. Encouraging Good Behavior: Learn several effective methods to get your kids to START doing what you want them to do (picking up, eating, going to bed and staying there, chores, etc.)
  3. Strengthening Your Relationships: Learn powerful techniques that will help reinforce the bond between you and your children.

Spiritual Parenting:
The 4th Step

Good behavior isn't what Jesus calls for in the Bible. God wants hearts and souls that are shaped in vibrant faith and love toward Himself and others. In Spiritual Parenting, Michelle Anthony calls us as parents to depend upon God for our children's spiritual and moral development by creating home environments that God can use to beckon our children to him. Parents will be urged toward a heart posture of surrender and faithfulness, and the end goal is a vibrant faith that is passed on from one generation to another. Our Spiritual Parenting classes are held once a year as a 12-week small group during the first service.

Preparing for Adolescence:
The 5th Step

What do you say to an adolescent who’s getting ready to enter those turbulent teenage years? Dr. James Dobson, one of America’s leading family psychologists, knows how to speak directly and sincerely to today’s adolescents about the topics that trouble them most. Topics include avoiding feelings of inferiority, handling peer pressure, drug abuse, puberty, sexual development, romantic love, overcoming discouragement, sound decision-making, and handling independence.
In this Faith Path, parents will attend a 2-hour session where they will be walked through the topics of Dr. Dobson’s book, and know what to expect and how to dialogue effectively with their pre-adolescent on these important topics.  This allows parent and child to learn together about what is ahead developmentally for the adolescent and have intentional conversations that will open up lines of communication for years to come.

Rites of Passage:
The 6th Step

In this Faith Path, parents and their children, ages 13-16, will join together with a “tribe” of others in the same phase of development at Wellspring to learn what it looks like to be a Godly man or woman in today’s post-Christian culture. This is a year-long journey (once a month) that will include themes such as Biblical relationships, sexuality, digital media, identity, integrity, courage and more. This will be done through interactive experiences with 4-8 other Father/Sons, Mothers/Daughters who will journey through this Faith Path together.
Launch - Part 1: "Growing With"
This course is designed for Juniors and Seniors in high school and their parents, with the aim of creating a space for conversations between student and parents about life after graduation. The series will help both student and parents talk together about what faith looks like beyond high school, as well as focusing on how best to prepare for this huge life change. Teaching elements from the authors of Before You Go and Growing With, Enneagram self-awareness test and Spiritual gifts assessments will be administered as well as financial aid guidance in applying for colleges. 
Launch - Part 2: "Blessing Banquet"
In this final step of Wellspring's Faith Path series, graduating seniors will be honored, celebrated and blessed by those who have invested in their spiritual journeys throughout their lifetime. This banquet will provide an opportunity for students to reflect on all that God has done up to this point in their lives, to thank those who have spiritually mentored them and allow parents and spiritual mentors to speak blessings over their future journey after high school. 

Family Ministry & Faith Path Leaders

Jeanée DePierro

Leah Hinckley