Developing a Family Ministry in Church

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Apprentice Model
Parents are trained to have the primary responsibility of
discipling their children in the home. Church leaders are
resources.
Primary family ministry vehicles:
*Parent-training seminars.
*Family service projects.
*Family devotional resources provided for families to use at
home.
*Family retreats with a goal of teaching families how to grow
together at home.
*Family classes or family youth groups (see the “Family Connection”
sidebar).
*Mentoring programs.
*Senior adults adopt families to provide support and training for
parents.

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FAMILY CONNECTION
Instead of sending family members to all corners of the church,
keep them together with a Family Youth Group. Identify three sets
of families-those with children in kindergarten and younger, those
with children in elementary school, and those with children in both
age groups.
Form groups of five or six families within each set. Then enlist a
facilitator for each group. Encourage groups to determine a time to
meet each month.
Group time can begin with recreation such as volleyball or
kickball. Choose activities that everyone will enjoy. Serve light
refreshments. Then have an active devotion.
Add things to reflect your church’s style. You may want to have
worship, extended prayer, or more wild games. Let each group shape
its personality.
Encourage families to take turns hosting the group. The host family
can provide refreshments and choose the activity that families will
do, such as swimming, skating, going to a park, having a scavenger
hunt, or playing board games.

Debbie Gravell
Wallingford, Connecticut


Please keep in mind that phone numbers, addresses, and prices are
subject to change. Originally published in September-October, 1996
in Children’s Ministry Magazine.

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