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Family Creeds – A Resource to Support Parents

I originally posted this blog at a pilot blog AlmostChristian.wordpress.com where I’m working on some resources to help parents in response to Kenda Creasy Dean‘s book Almost Christian.

Create a Family Creed:

As we seek to help our children and youth have a strong foundation of faith one place where we can start is to create a Family Creed.  A creed is a “system or statement of beliefs.”

Steven Covey’s Seven Habits in Highly Effective Family’s suggests that the reason for creating a creed is to give your family vision and purpose.

For Christian Families, a creed reminds us who we are, how we will live, and what we hope for.  There are two prominent creeds from the Old Testament.  One you will recognize from many Christian homes walls is

Joshua 24:15 – “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

The Jewish people had a collective creed that every Jewish child would know.  This creed comes from Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and is called the Shema.

“Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.

Blessed be the name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be upon your heart. You shall teach them thoroughly to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for a reminder between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.”

Some families have a discovered a rich heritage by looking to the past to discover their family roots.  They have a family crest and perhaps a family motto.

Who is your family?  How do your children understand what it means to be a member of your family?  A family’s traditions and rituals define who they are.  Can your children sing the fight song of your family’s favorite team?  But do they know the foundations of your faith?

Start a new tradition in your home.  Develop a family creed.  The age of your children would affect both what your creed should look like and the level of involvement your children in developing this creed.  Below is a sample of a creed for a family with small children and one developed by a family with youth.

Steps to Developing a Family Creed or Statement of Faith:

  1. Get everyone involved!
  2. Seek to answer the following questions:
    Who is God?
    What does our relationship God mean for us?
    How do we live? With each other? With our neighbors? In the world?
    What makes our family unique?
  3. Learn it together.
  4. Post it somewhere prominent.
  5. Revisit it regularly.
  6. Rewrite it as necessary.
  7. As your children get older, you can create goals and processes for how you fulfill your creed.  See developing missional imagination in your families in lesson 3.

Sample Creed for a Family with small children:

Leader: How big is God?
Family: Big enough to hold the whole world in his hand, and small enough to live in my heart.

Leader: How do we know God loves us?
Family: Because Jesus died for us.

Leader: What is a family?
Family: People who love and care for each other.

Leader: Who are the Smith’s?
Family: A Family who loves each other and serves God and our neighbor!

Sample Creed for a Family with teens:

We believe in a loving God who gave everything to have a relationship with us including Jesus Christ his son.  Therefore with humble hearts, we gratefully serve God by living in harmony with each other and using our gifts to allow others to experience the love of Christ.

  1. bethegospel
    October 26, 2010 at 11:25 am

    i like this idea. thanks for that. i thought about this personally, but not as a family.

    • October 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm

      Jay – Agreed. The idea was spawned by Almost Christian talking about a Creed to Claim and thinking about how parents might interact with their youth/children. We are going to try it at our house.

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