Oaks Christian Online (OCO), one of the finest college preparatory online schools in the nation and the founding school of the Online Christian Consortium (OCC), is in its third year of providing specialized seminars for parents on practical strategies to help nurture life-long faith in teens.
Oaks Christian Online's Spiritual Director Samantha Farinacci leads these seminars two times per year, in March and in November. Ms. Farinacci's seminars are based on the Fuller Youth Institute's Sticky Faith research studies on the developmental phase of adolescence and spirituality. The Fuller Youth Institute is associated with The Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, one of the most influential Christian seminaries in the world.
According to Farinacci, both secular and religious resources confirm the value of faith during adolescent development. She states, "faith and spirituality are major factors in a healthy transition into adulthood and are associated with positive development and 1 lower levels of depression and at risk behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use." Farinacci points out that the Sticky Faith research identified that 40-50 percent of adolescents raised in active Christian families ended up drifting from their faith. This discovery prompted the Fuller Youth Institute to explore how to strengthen long-lasting faith development in youth.
Practical considerations such as surrounding children with at least five adults that are committed to their spiritual growth, giving teens permission to doubt and question their faith, and practicing regular acts of forgiveness as a family, are a few of the strategies parents can use to help keep their teens engaged and involved in Christian life.
The Online Christian Consortium of which Oaks Christian Online is the founding school, offers these seminars to partner schools and their parents. Oaks Christian Online High School has intentionally integrated and applied the Sticky Faith research into its curriculum development, teacher training and parent resources. For example, Dr. Kara Powell and Dr. Chap Clark, two of the authors of the Sticky Faith books, have participated in online seminars in the Spiritual Life course for senior students about how to transition faith practices from high school to college.
The next Sticky Faith Seminar will be held in March 2017 and will explore new dimensions of the research and will offer new ways to apply it to Oaks Christian Online students as well as the students the Consortium serves. For more information please contact us at: 818-575-9900.
ABOUT OAKS CHRISTIAN ONLINE AND THE ONLINE CHRISTIAN CONSORTIUM
Established in 2011, Oaks Christian Online provides a rigorous, NCAA approved, college preparatory education for high school students all around the world in a Christian environment. OCO and Oaks Christian School, the main campus in Westlake Village, California are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as by the Southern Association of Independent Schools. OCO continues to enroll part-time and full-time students throughout the school year and regularly hosts information sessions on its main campus located at 31749 La Tienda Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362, as well as virtual information sessions for prospective student families. Interested students can visit the website https://www.oakschristianonline.org/. One-hundred-percent of OCO graduates were accepted to four-year colleges. Oaks Christian Online is the founding school of the Online Christian Consortium, a leadership organization of schools committed to theologically engaged, college-preparatory, accredited, online programs. The organization's vision is that its courses provide an education that uplifts, transforms and inspires students around the world. For more information on The Online Christian Consortium, please visit: https://www.onlinechristianconsortium.org/.