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November 2023 Newsletter


Director, Dr. Trisha Wheelock

​Grand View University is excited to announce a new program for rural and small church pastors.

Faith Forward will teach congregations, parents, and grandparents to tell the Biblical and family stories of God’s mercy, grace, love, boundaries, protection, promises, and faithfulness. As parenting trends and church attendance change in a post-pandemic world, this program has been designed to help pastors, parents, and grandparents pass on their Christian faith to the next generation.

Faith Forward wants to see parents and grandparents share the faith and values with the church’s treasure and future, our children and youth.


  1. EMPOWER rural and small congregations to more effectively work with parents, grandparents, and faith mentors through the normal routines of congregational life to help them hand down their Christian faith and values to the next generation.

  2. EQUIP parents and grandparents with doable, repeatable, livable faith practices.

  3. ENCOURAGE parents and grandparents in creating homegrown faith through easy-to-use activities and resources which weave faith formation into the normal routines of family life.


Faith Forward is funded by the Christian Parenting and Caregiving Initiative of the Lilly Endowment Inc. housed at Grand View University, and works in collaboration with Peer Ministry.

Kick Off Date for the 2024-2025 cohort: April 29-30, 2024

For more information and to apply, please see the website or contact the new Faith Forward Director, Kristi Wicks (

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