Households of Faith
An Invitation into the Homes of Practicing Christians
Barna studies have revealed much about the state of religion in the United States and how faith is perceived and discussed in public. But what about how faith is being nurtured in private—with the spouses, children, parents, roommates and even frequent visitors who spend time under our roofs?
How Christians order their days and connect with relatives and housemates is a critical aspect of spiritual growth. Households of Faith, the second in a series of studies produced in partnership between Lutheran Hour Ministries and Barna, presents a vivid portrait of the domestic lives of U.S. practicing Christians, including:
- An overview of modern living arrangements and the relationships that define them
- Details of housemates’ regular interactions—practical, recreational and spiritual
- Insights about relationships that have a positive and enduring influence on housemates
- Analysis of how faith heritage is linked to beliefs and rituals in adulthood
- Interviews with experts in elder, family and youth ministry about reaching a variety of households
- Custom profiles of vibrant households that embrace hospitality and spiritual practices
In addition to all-new research and data visualizations, Households of Faith provides vital principles to strengthen followers of Christ, their homes and, ultimately, the family of God.
Households of Faith Kit
Explore the power of messy prayers, loud tables, and open doors with the new Households of Faith Kit. Each kit is filled with thoughtfully selected tools that will help nurture your Household of Faith.
The Spiritually Vibrant Home
The Power of Messy Prayers, Loud Tables, and Open Doors
What do spiritually vibrant households look like? And can households armed with that knowledge strive to become more spiritually vibrant? In his new book titled The Spiritually Vibrant Home, LHM Content Development Manager Don Everts uses recent research to answer those questions.
Households of Faith Monograph
The Rituals and Relationships that Turn a Home into a Sacred Space
Do you know that the way Christians go about their days and connect with the members in their household is a critical aspect of spiritual growth? In addition to brand new research and data visualizations, Households of Faith presents vital principles that strengthen followers of Christ and their homes, which ultimately strengthens the family of God.
The Vibrant Conversations Deck & The Household Magnet
The Spiritual Conversations Deck is not your average set of playing cards. Each Vibrant Conversations Deck is equipped with 52 thought-provoking questions with each suit being a different category. Not only can these cards be used to play your favorite card game, but they can be used to spark spiritual conversations wherever your household is gathered. While your household is gathered around playing cards, you can use The Household Magnet to write your household’s goal. This magnetic notepad says, “As for me and my household we will…” allowing you and your household to identify an area of focus as you work together to nurture the faith in your household.
30 Days of Household Devotions Booklet
Are you interested in starting a devotion in your home, but don’t know where to begin? The 30 Days of Household Devotions Booklet opens with several tips on doing devotions in your home before leading into 30 daily devotions that can be used consecutively or occasionally per time and topic based on your household’s needs.
Booklets for Parents
Parents often have high hopes for their children’s faith, but don’t always know how to help them get there. These booklets will equip parents to help their children in three areas including their child’s relationship with God, encouraging spiritual conversations, and promoting hospitality toward others.
Helping Your Child Have a Relationship with God
This booklet will guide you through helping your child nurture their relationship with God by using two practical rhythms. By the end, your child will have gained confidence knowing how to pray to God and understand His Word.
Helping Your Child Grow Through Faith Conversations
This booklet will help you grow your child’s faith through meaningful spiritual conversations. They will discover how to use Jesus’ methods and cover Jesus’ topics in their everyday conversations.
Helping Your Child Welcome Others
In this booklet, you will develop strategies to encourage your children to be hospitable toward others. This booklet contains Bible passages and the author’s personal experience of working with children that will provide parents with several tools and resources to help their child.
Booklets for Children
These booklets will encourage your pre-school to third-grade children to spend time with God in prayer, learn how important it is to welcome others, and remember to look to the Bible for guidance on living a life for God.
Learning to Pray
This booklet will help your child establish the habit of spending time with God in prayer.
Through words and pictures, your child will learn how important it is to be welcoming to others using the example of God inviting us into His kingdom.
The Bible Tells Me So
This booklet lets your child read several key Bible verses about God’s love, His mercy, His forgiveness, and His words of guidance. These verses will serve as a reminder to your child to look to the Bible to learn how to live their life for God.
LHM Learn Courses
LHM Learn has three FREE courses based on the Households of Faith research. All LHM Learn courses offer self-paced learning, time for reflection and journaling, easy access on any digital device, and much more! Click here to get started on these FREE courses.
- Me and My Household will allow you to explore the concept of households in the Bible and in our culture today.
- Building a Vibrant Household will give you a glimpse of a spiritually vibrant household and the three characteristics revealed by research that any household can nurture. It will encourage you to evaluate your own household’s vibrancy and take the next steps in building a more vibrant household.
- Open Doors: The Art of Hospitality gives you a deeper look into the vibrancy characteristic of Christian hospitality. You will learn what the Bible says about welcoming strangers and can take part in the Open Door Challenge.
Households of Faith Small Group Study DVD
In this four-session video study, you will explore the research in the Households of Faith monograph and learn how to apply it to your household. The sessions highlight three characteristics that LHM’s Barna-based research found were active in vibrant households. According to the research, spiritually vibrant households apply spiritual disciplines, extend hospitality, and engage in spiritual conversations.
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Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) has partnered with Barna Group—an industry leader for research-based insights about faith and culture, leadership and vocation, and generational groups—on a critical three-year study of faith in America. This bold new collaboration will allow LHM to create resources and online courses that address the needs of both the churched and non-churched.Back to top ^