1. Shepherding the Next Generation

Our Impact

Strengthening families through policies and programs

Navigate Shepherding the Next Generation

Strengthening communities and families across the country

A faith-based approach to policy

Shepherding the Next Generation’s more than 800 faith leaders present bipartisan, faith- and research-based solutions to supporting strong, educated, and moral families:

  • In 2014, Shepherding the Next Generation helped win the renewal of the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, through numerous meetings with policymakers and a letter to Congress that was signed by 150 faith leaders. As a result of the program, 150,000 families a year receive vital parent coaching that reduces child abuse and neglect.

  • Shepherding the Next Generation contributed to the opportunity of early education for millions of children. In 2014 and 2015, our members protected and expanded state and federal resources for early childhood programs, with victories in Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. In Michigan, that funding enabled 10,000 additional children to enroll.

Supporting local programs

Shepherding the Next Generation maintains a strong presence in Memphis, Pittsburgh, and Columbus—cities that are home to many struggling families and poor school systems. Our members are working in and outside of their congregations to make a difference in these regions:

  • In Memphis, Shepherding the Next Generation launched a program called “Team Read”, now known as FLEET, which has trained over 1,000 volunteers to read to second graders in the 10 lowest performing schools in the area.

  • Shepherding the Next Generation holds annual Blue Sunday events in churches in both Memphis and Pittsburgh to raise awareness and pray for the victims of child abuse and neglect.

  • Shepherding the Next Generation holds an annual Celebration of Teachers in both Memphis and Pittsburgh. In 2015, over 50 churches participated in Memphis, reaching over 4,000 educators. In Pittsburgh, 31 churches participated.

  • In Columbus, Shepherding the Next Generation organized a National Day of Prayer for children and families in 2015, with 15 participating pastors.