Developing a Family Ministry in Church

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Design a Partnership Meeting that includes all
of these people. Serve refreshments, explain your vision, and
brainstorm ideas. Some people may be so excited about the ideas
that they may offer to work on them some more. Your goal is to
explain the vision and generate enthusiasm for it. Be willing to
give it time to develop. Have three or four Partnership Meetings
before you commit to an event or program.

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Family ministry is more than a trendy buzz word. It’s meeting
real needs of real people to demonstrate Christ’s love. It’s
gratifying and effective to impact two generations for Christ at
the same time. If you pioneer a family ministry in your church,
you’re setting out on a great adventure. There will be plenty of
risk, but it’ll never be boring.


Tim Smith is a pastor to family life and the author of The
Relaxed Parent: Helping Your Child Do More as You Do Less.


FAMILY MINISTRY STYLES
The church’s approach to family ministry fits three basic styles.
Take a look at these styles to determine which fits your
church.

Delegation Model
Parents delegate responsibility to the church for discipling their
children and hold the church accountable for the results. Church
leaders are the experts.
Primary family ministry vehicles:
*Church-based ministries to children, such as Sunday school,
midweek clubs, and vacation Bible school.
*Send-home parent newsletters.
*Families at church at the same time but in separate rooms (not
really intergenerational).

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Partnership Model
Church leaders and parents work together to spiritually train their
children. Church leaders are co-laborers.
Primary family ministry vehicles:
*Parents recruited as teachers and chaperones.
*Vision-sharing meetings to bring parents on board
philosophically.
*Parent resource library.
*Father/son or mother/daughter events.
*Truly intergenerational events where people of all ages
interact.
*Family Fun Nights at the church.
*Divorce recovery groups for kids.
     

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