Partnering with congregations and families in the Pacific Northwest to help kids grow in faith.

Learning in community.

How can churches best support families in the faith formation of children?

How do church leaders navigate topics of disability, mental health, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality through a Christian lens, and cultivate a healthy cultural identity? How do parents and caregivers understand scriptures on these topics?

These are the central questions guiding our work. Through interdisciplinary research and partnerships with local congregations, we aim to build a community of learning among Pacific Northwest families and ministry leaders as we navigate faith and parenting in a changing world.

Thanks to a generous $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., Faith Formation Project will offer four grants each year to local congregations in support of family ministries. We will also bring local ministry leaders on a pilgrimage to the island of Moloka’i, Hawai’i to learn about reconciliation. 


We are excited to offer four annual grants of $5,000 to local congregations in support of faith formation ministries, to be awarded in the fall of each year. For more information or to apply for a grant for your church, visit our Grants page.

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SPU professor receives $1 million grant to study faith in families

February 16, 2023

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