Abstract: Equipping the next generation with a biblical worldview is an incredibly important endeavor that should be a significant value, priority, and practice of the local church. A national research study of 518 churches representing 43 different states and Guam was conducted in 2021 through quantitative analysis to examine the values, practices, and priorities of congregations pursuing church-based family ministry. The purpose of this article is to provide a synthesis of the research study, its findings, implications, and applications for churches desiring to more strategically equip families and the next generation in pursuit of developing and deepening biblical worldview.
Paul Mermilliod, Ph.D., is a lead pastor of Tri-Cities Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. Paul has his Ph.D. in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, is a published author, and a chief creator and editor of the Family Discipleship Plan. Paul is married to Katie, and they have four children: Jack, Evelyn, Camden, and Tripp.