Isn’t everyone doing family ministry now? It’s such a popular thing to talk about among ministry circles. The family ministry breakouts at conferences are packed and ministry people want to know what others are doing to better serve families. Honestly, I can’t imagine a better place for the church to be – engaging families with renewed energy. However, I think it might serve many of us to rethink family ministry.
Here’s what I mean by that. I think that when when the phrase “family ministry” comes up, certain things come to mind.
- Mom, dad, and 2.5 kids
- Parenting classes
- Take home papers, weekly emails and maybe a podcast if you’re savvy
- Events, programs and a life-long list of milestones
These things are all great, but it’s possible that family ministry is bigger than this.
- What if family ministry is more of a strategy?
- What if family ministry has less to do with what you can do than what parents can do?
- What if what you think family ministry is completely different from what your parents expect or anticipate?
We’ve all jumped on this family ministry bandwagon, but maybe before we get too far down the road, we rethink what family ministry really is or what it might mean for your church?
Stay tuned as we unpack a broader/different perspective of this thing called family ministry.
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