So, over the next 9 weeks or so I’ll be blogging about “9 Things I’ve Learned about Family Ministry” as a way to piggy back off of Ryan Frank’s new book, 9 Things They Didn’t Teach Me in College About Children’s Ministry. I plan on focusing on various issues within the family ministry paradigm; things that I’ve along the way through my education at Bethel Seminary, reading of various family ministry resources and some of my own thoughts. But, I’ll first start off with a little bit of my story…
9 Things I've Learned about Family Ministry
I grew up a pretty normal kid, going to church every week, going to public school from K through 12th grade, went away to a private Christian college, got a job in the field of social work, got married, had a couple of kids, answered the call to ministry, started attending Seminary, had a few more kids and continued to expand from there.
So, why do I mention all that? Well, to show that I’m just an average guy who’s trying to figure out how this whole family ministry idea fits within the framework we are to follow as Bible-believing Christians. Our concern should not just be what the Bible says about it (though that certainly is MOST important) but also how do we encourage others to see what we see and follow what we follow – assuming we are striving to see and follow the right things – within God’s Word. That’s what being a leader is all about…
So, as a leader, I take what I am learning and what God is teaching me, and attempt to share that with others in hopes to improve the current state of the church and it’s discipleship process. And make no mistake, children’s & family ministry is certainly about discipleship; because parenting is about discipleship, everything I do (or don’t do) with my kids should be aimed at teaching them to Love God and Love Others. And because that responsibility falls on parents, everything we do as CFM leaders should be aimed at equipping THEM to fulfill that responsibility.
So over the next two months, here are the topics I’m going to cover:
Just how important is it?
Styles or Methods of Family Ministry
List of resources, websites and leaders
Should children worship with their parents?
A picture of inter-generational faithfulness
The Primary Plan for Evangelism & Discipleship
The link between church & family
Where will we go from here?
We would love to have you share your thoughts as we seek to delve into this topic of family ministry – hope you enjoy it.