Publication Date: January 2010
Publisher: Shepherding the Next Generation
Research Area: Culture and religion; Education; Health; Social conditions
Keywords: prekindergarten; home visiting; evangelicals; faith-based
Coverage: United States
Shepherding the Next Generation is a nationwide, non-profit organization of evangelical Christian leaders committed to the development of strong and healthy families, with the focus on families in need.
Our commitment to shepherding the next generation arises out of the clear teaching of Scripture. Both the Old and New Testaments speak to the importance of family as the place where values and skills for life are taught and nurtured (e.g., Dt. 6:4-9; Ps. 78:5-8; Eph 6:4; 2 Tim. 1:5). However, some parents have a more difficult experience in child rearing than others, often lacking the knowledge, resources, or support of a spouse to raise their children towards lives of health, opportunity and values. It is our responsibility as followers of Christ to help all parents with support that will allow them to build strong families and communities.
We call on our local, state, and federal policymakers to embrace the following four-part research-based plan to strengthen American families. We need increased support to help ensure that the next generation develops the values and skills they will need to become responsible adults and good neighbors.