Nurturing Spiritual Formation in Today’s Youth

BaseCamp Live Podcast Episode #274: Nurturing Spiritual Formation in Today’s Youth

Episode Summary:

Join us for an enlightening conversation with Dr. Chap Clark, a distinguished researcher and scholar dedicated to the well-being of young people. With decades of experience in youth ministry, academia, and church leadership, Dr. Clark shares invaluable insights into nurturing spiritual formation in today’s youth. From defining spiritual formation to exploring the collaborative efforts of parents, schools, and churches, this episode offers practical wisdom for guiding young people toward a deep and substantive faith.

About Dr. Chap Clark

Dr. Chap Clark is a renowned researcher, author, and speaker specializing in understanding millennials and Gen Z. With a background in practical theology and youth ministry, Dr. Clark has served in various roles, including professor, pastor, and president of nonprofit organizations. He authorizes 25 books, including the award-winning “Hurt 2.0” and “Sticky Faith.” His expertise in adolescent development, parenting, and culture makes him a sought-after resource for communities, schools, and churches worldwide.

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Part 1: Understanding Spiritual Formation
  • Davies and Dr. Clark discuss the role of the church in spiritual formation and the importance of collaboration between parents, schools, and churches.
  • Exploring the tension between parachurch ministries and the church, Dr. Clark emphasizes the need for all stakeholders to work together in guiding young people toward spiritual maturity.
Part 2: Integrating Faith in Education
  • The conversation shifts to the strategic integration of faith in schools. Dr. Clark shares best practices for fostering spiritual growth within educational settings and highlights the importance of modeling faith in daily life.
  • Next, Davies and Dr. Clark explore the unique approach of classical Christian schools towards spiritual formation and discuss ways to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world faith practice.
Part 3: Practical Advice for Parents
  • Finally, Dr. Clark offers practical advice for parents, from navigating the challenges of technology use to fostering genuine connections with their children. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the underlying motivations behind a child’s behavior and the power of modeling love and empathy.