From no family ministry to pro family ministry
The primary responsibility for Christian growth and
formation lies with the parents. This realization is the first step
in developing your family ministry.
"These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your
hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit
at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and
when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on
your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on
your gates"-Deuteronomy 6:6-9.
Notice the absence of Sunday school teachers in this passage.
I'm not saying Sunday school is unbiblical; I'm saying it's
supplemental to what happens in the Christian home. Too often,
Christian parents defer their responsibility to the volunteers at
church to "bring them up in the training and the instruction of the
Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).
God, however, is calling the church to give that responsibility
back to parents-where it belongs. Scripture is full of examples of
family ministry. Before you begin your family ministry, study the
biblical model. You'll discover that the primary responsibility for
Christian growth and formation lies with the parents. This
realization is the first step in developing your family
The second step is developing ways to help parents. What do
parents need? They need the four I's.
Parents want useful and current information about parenting.
Invite a group of parents for dessert and ask them, "What would be
the best forum for providing you with information?" and "What are
some issues you'd like to know more about?"
In an informal survey, Tim Kurth, a Christian education director
in Illinois, discovered that parents in his church needed help
balancing family, work, and church; healing for troubled marriages;
and resources to study God's Word outside of church services.