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The goal of this project was to effect a positive cognitive, affective, and behavioral response in parents from two Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations to lead their households in spiritual disciplines. The project consisted of four consecutive Sundays of preaching on faith forming in the home coupled with encouragement of the practice of a specific faith habit. These sermons were preached in tandem with four teaching sessions that reiterated the role of parents as spiritual leaders and concentrated on training families to engage in four faith habits in the home. Teaching tools were distributed to facilitate implantation of faith habits. An interdisciplinary approach contributed to the insights and design of the project. The literature review explored biblical, theological, sociological, and educational perspectives.

This study utilized surveys as a means of identifying and assessing faith-forming understandings, attitudes, and practices, of calculating the frequency of faith-forming practices, and of measuring the amount of change, if any, within a group of participants. The study found significant change in the cognitive, affective, and behavioral responses of parents to the role construct of being the spiritual leaders to their children. The study demonstrated significant correlation of the cognitive, affective, and behavioral responses to one another in positively effecting the parental response in the role construct of spiritual leadership. Through MANCOVA analysis, every factor of the preaching and teaching project was demonstrated to contribute to making a difference in the parental response to the role construct.




Thesis (D. Min.), 2009

Publication Date



2009, D., Min., 688637433, Parenting, Religious, Aspects, Life, Children, Church, Work, with, Families, Child, Rearing, Christian, Education


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Thesis (D.Min.)--Asbury Theological Seminary, 2009.


Includes bibliographical references (leaves 244-255).

Call Number

BV4529 .S36 2009



Equipping Parents to be Spiritual Leaders in the Home