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Growing Faith: Children and Adolescents

3-week course

This course provides guided discussion around the Fall 2009 issue of C21 Resources, a free publication of Boston College Church in the 21st Century Center. This issue, entitled “Growing Faith for a Vibrant Church,” edited by Boston College School of Theology and Ministry faculty member Dr. Jane Regan, contains nine short, informative articles centered on fostering faith in children and adolescents in the context of the family and the faith community. Issue available online here.

The issue "Growing Faith for a Vibrant Church" is a companion to the Spring 2010 C21 Resources issue "Growing Faith for an Evangelizing Church." See the companion course.


Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.

Special Features

  • Reading 22 pages of material by 8 different authors
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion
  • A weekly introduction and study guide
  • A resource page to use for further study

All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/ 7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site. 
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • Site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Week 1: Family, Faith Community, and Culture: Considerations in Growing Faith
Week 2: Helping Children and Adolescents Grow in Faith

Additional Materials Needed

Everything you need for this course is provided on the course web site -- review the reading for the course now.

Time Commitment

A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Fee: $25

Content Scholar: various under editorship of Jane Regan