For many fathers, their faith community is the best resource for intentional time with their sons. Dad and son breakfasts, camping trips, softball games and retreats are just a few of the excellent opportunities available at Twin Cities congregations for quality time.
Besides recreation, however, churches are one of the best places for dads to teach their sons about service to others and the community. This is important because boys who engage in service have a stronger sense of identity and belonging, especially when they serve with their dads. They learn about the intrinsic rewards of altruism and can begin to develop a personal ethic of responsibility for themselves and their community. If that doesn’t make it worth it, many stories provide anecdotal evidence that serving others helps prevent depression in boys and can even pull a depressed kid out of the doldrums. For more information and ideas follow this link to the Minneapolis Dads and Sons Examiner page.