Center for Faith & Family
The mission of the Center is to develop and provide resources and practical, hands-on training to help parents and caregivers implement faith in the lives of families.
The Center for Faith & Family (CFF) is working to help parents create a partnership between church and home for their children’s spiritual development. This begins with preparing parents for this important part of parenting.
To prepare parents well, churches need to provide them with resources and training. To help churches do this, the CFF is taking on the responsibility of training church leaders in how to train parents, and of developing curriculum and other resources to support and encourage parents. At each level of this project, our children are the primary focus. We must all work together to make sure they are grounded in faith as they begin to face the realities of today’s world.
ONU ministry and education students will also have opportunities to be engaged and equipped through the Center as they prepare to serve families.
Training for church leaders will be provided through the Center at annual conferences and district events at no cost. The first conference is now being planned for summer 2024 on ONU’s campus. Training materials for church leaders and families are now being developed and will be delivered to constituents by the Center.
A weekly podcast, Faith Together — in cooperation with ONU’s Shine.FM broadcast ministry — has been developed. This will feature family ministry specialists, tips for families, Center updates and more. As the Center’s work continues to develop and grow, more resources will be delivered to churches and families. To listen, visit centerff.com.
Dr. Leon Blanchette
Leon Blanchette, EdD, serves as director of the Center. He is leading a team of ONU’s curriculum designers, researchers, data analysts and theologians in developing training materials, training opportunities and other resources to provide what today’s families need for their children’s spiritual development.