Damascus Road or Emmaus Road?: Conversion, Nurtutre or Both?
Faith development, Conversion, Nurture, Church work with children, Church work with youth
As outlined previously, the Scriptures appear to portray a tension between, on the one hand, the need for adults to nurture the faith of children and, on the other hand, the need for the new birth of conversion. Thus, while adults are encouraged to create an environment that facilitates optimal spiritual development, the Scriptures do not suggest that optimal spiritual nurture negates the need for conversion. However, while the Scriptures provide counsel on the how of spiritual nurture, they do not address the subject of how those who are nurtured in faith experience conversion. Thus, Adventist understandings of children’s faith formation have tended to be influenced by Ellen White, who emphasized the importance of spiritual nurture. She also provided practical counsel while asserting that it was not “necessary to know the exact time when [children] are converted.”
Discipleship and Religious Education
Jankiewicz, Edyta, "Damascus Road or Emmaus Road?: Conversion, Nurtutre or Both?" (2018). Faculty Publications. 1073.