What is Family Ministry?
Many churches today are trying to figure out how to adjust to the ministry needs of children and youth. Many times churches cannot afford both a children’s director/minister or a youth director/minister. For many, the direction of family ministry offers hope that churches can combine both roles to afford the staff. This approach can be productive if the church can find a person with the skill, calling, and passion to work with both children and youth. This perfect person may prove more difficult to find than realized.
I have served in the role of family pastor for over twenty-two years in ministry. I have consulted with churches trying to staff or develop a family ministry focus or direction.
So, what is a family ministry?
Family Ministry is a holistic approach to ministering to the whole as well as the individuals in a family. I believe ministering to children and youth will be more impacted by ministering to their parents. It is ministering to children and youth in the most biblical and effective way possible by equipping and empowering the most influential people in their life.
Think about it!
In Proverbs 22:6, we are reminded to, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.“
In Deuteronomy 6:4-9, we are instructed to, “Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night.”
According to these verses, the biblical role of parents is to impress faith in a positive way into the lives of his or her children. God created parents to have the responsibility to disciple their children. Many parents understand this role but are unsure of how to accomplish it. The church utilizes family ministry by seeking to engage, equip, encourage, and empower parents in their role as primary disciple-maker.
Family Ministry should not be viewed as a quick fix to a churches staffing problem solely. Family Ministry needs to become part of the church culture for making disciples who make disciples.