Developing a Family Ministry in Church

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3. Integration

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There are three great ways to integrate your family
ministry.

*Fit it in. Design your family ministry to fit into what you’re
already doing in children’s ministry. Children’s minister Sharyn
Spradlin in Washington state brings parents and kids together for
teaching, worship, and communion on Sundays. Then parents and
children go to classrooms together for Bible lessons.

If you’re restricted by space, time, or finances, be courageous
enough to ask, “Is there an ineffective program that we can cut?”
Pruning promotes new growth. When it comes to planning children’s
ministry, sometimes your best tool may be your eraser.

*Pass it on. Encourage parents to integrate their spiritual
training and instruction into their normal activities. Notice in
the passage from Deuteronomy that the parents are using natural
teachable moments to pass on spiritual truths. Give parents
resources to help them talk about God’s truths at home. They could
take a walk and relate God’s Word to what they see. Encourage
parents to read the Bible or pray with their children every day.
Have them place reminders around their homes so they can remember
God and his promises. This is family ministry at its most effective
and basic level.

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*Add it on. Design events that involve children with their
parents. Invite parents to participate in a parent-child game night
after your weekly club meeting. If space is limited, divide the
group by grade levels and offer it on two different nights.

     

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