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Best Practices in Family Ministry

No-Miss Family Experiences
When you talk to families today, they all describe their lives as busy, busy, busy. So adding more to their already-crazed schedules usually leads to low attendance for events.

We struggled with this in our church, and eventually decided to try the idea of scheduling our family events during regular children's programming rather than during additional times. For these once-per-month or once-per-quarter special experiences, we combined classes to form one large group and invited families. We've done a range of things, including guiding families through a learning experience of multiple touch-points such as a Bible story experience, a family prayer space, a guest speaker or artist, crafts and activities, and of course, snacks.

This approach has let us create several big "wow" experiences on a Sunday morning when families have already set aside this time to be together at church.

There have been several other benefits, too. Families love these special Sundays, they invite their friends, and our ministry team is energized (rather than drained) by the change of pace. Last-and best of all-families actually come to the events we work so hard to pull off.
Jay Hostetler

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