Community : The Lifeblood of Your Spiritual Development

It’s no secret that a sense of belonging through Community is integral to living a happy, fulfilling and enjoyable life.

Society is becoming increasingly fragmented and this means Australian’s are increasingly searching for a sense of Community and somewhere to belong.

According to Psychology Today, belonging involves being accepted (Hall 2014). It is an innate human need – similar to food and shelter. Feeling a sense of belonging is fundamental in valuing life and coping with negative emotions.

People can experience that critical sense of belonging through family, friends, social media, or by being part of a church group.

But unfortunately for some, a loving family and supportive friends are a privilege. And to add to this, the modern Social Media does not always lead to happy outcomes.

According to studies, using social media leads to lower levels of self-esteem, control and belonging. To add to this, the rise of cyberbullying only intensifies feelings of isolation and loneliness (McNamee 2014).

That’s where Ministries come into the picture. It’s been shown that Ministries function as spiritual families and can help people feel like they belong. Members can experience friendship, share their struggles, hopes and dreams. People can develop their Christian faith by taking part in the church community and nurtured through networking with other believers.

If this isn’t already enough. Churches do much more than creating a sense of community, they also give back…

Social Benefits

Churches contribute to society by assisting the vulnerable, engaging in charity opportunities, help the poor and volunteer to enhance the greater Community.

Education

Ministries provide teaching on the wisdom of God, but also aid in after school care, tutoring and skill development to help the local Community get their best foot forward.

Decrease Crime

Churches strive to improve moral and spiritual education and ultimately help reduce crime.

Promote health

Churches improve mental and physical health, and it has been shown that in comparison to the nonreligious individual, attendees live seven years longer (Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (SBC)).

The benefits of joining a church community can often be overlooked. However, it is a simple way to improve feelings of belonging, acceptance and self-confidence.

At Baptist camping Victoria, our camps have been built around these principles. Attending one of our camps is a sure way to be welcomed into a loving, friendly and non-judgemental community. Find out more about our camps today!

How to Motivate, Inspire and Empower Your Kids In 2019

How do you empower a child to be the best they can be?

We often hear as adults, that we are shaped by our childhood.

Therefore, empowering your child to inner confidence, strength and courage are integral to their lifelong success.

In fact – It is a process of guiding them to feel and believe that they are powerful now to get their best foot forward in life.

However, what’s the best way to do this?

If you listened to the papers and the TV, they would say:

‘Nurture your child….
‘don’t over-nurture your child. They will become too dependent….

‘Allow your child to take risks…
‘Don’t let them take risks. they will end up in trouble…..

‘Follow your dreams….
‘But be realistic….

‘Listen to your child…
‘Don’t believe everything that they say….

If you listen to these, you’re bound to get lost in the maze of parenting confusion.

However, there is one main principle that is psychologically proven to empower your child.

It’s simply this:

Encouragement

It’s simply putting belief in your child, which enables them to ‘see’ themselves as highly competent right now.

In order to build your child’s character, Positive Psychology teaches that parents need to focus on highlighting the strengths and positive aspects of their child’s development.

By focusing on your child’s strengths rather than weaknesses, it enables them to be raised into a confident and mature person. Doing the opposite will interfere with their ability to achieve happiness and a fulfilling life.

A study by the American Psychologist (2012) indicated that nurturing and encouraging environments have a positive impact on the child’s emotional health. This has been proven to minimize biologically and psychologically toxic events, promote and reinforce prosocial behaviour and prepare them with the skills to become productive members of society.

Therefore, it is imperative for a child to be encouraged daily to ensure they are set up for their best possible life.

A child wants their wildest dreams to come true, and it’s up to us to let them believe this can happen.

Even just telling your child, ‘You can do it! I believe in you’ is a great way to start empowering your child today!

Another example is filtering this down to encourage the child’s particular abilities, skills and qualities. In this way, they can see just how valuable, talented and capable they truly are.

For example, saying they’re ‘creative’ and ‘talented’ during an art class is a great way to make them feel like a powerful creator.

This seems simple, but surrounding your child with a supportive and encouraging environment is integral to their positive development.

This environment needs to extend beyond the home life and be reinforced in various surroundings.

Another great way to do this is through a positive, supportive and encouraging environment provided through camping. This is a great way to ensure your children are living life to their full potential. At Baptist Camping Victoria, we offer a great range of camps that challenge and stimulate children to reach their potential. Find out more here.