Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Family Ministry, part 1
This past weekend, our family was blessed to attend Group Publishing's "KidMin 2011" Children's Ministry Conference. Anne and I helped in "The Shelter"- their prayer room, our boys helped out before and after the main sessions, and our daughter helped out with a band's merchandising table on Saturday night.
I also attended all of the sessions that Brian Haynes led; it was solely focused on family ministry. Over the next few weeks, I'll post some thoughts about the sessions, his philosophy of ministry, and some ways that we might equip parents to lead their families.
Here are some introductory thoughts right out of my notes from his first session:
Theological premise/foundation for family ministry?
-There is a generational training plan in place
-Parents and families must intentionally integrate faith into daily life
-They do this by modeling spiritual service and evangelism
All disciples of Jesus are given the mandate to make disciples as the church. The family has a distinct role to play.
-Deuteronomy 6- community-wide and around my table, by the way that we live- church oversees the family by equipping them.
Family of origin has the most influential impact on the lives of kids.
-Deuteronomy 6 to Psalm 78 to Proverbs 22:6 to Ephesians 6:4
Parents have a primary faith influence, either positively or negatively (even if absent). They leave a legacy whether they like it or not. They abdicated their role to us and we called them to us and told them that discipleship happened at the church. Now, faith takes place in a certain building, in a certain place, on a certain day, at a certain time. This is called "compartmentalization."
What does this mean for how we practice ministry if the church and family are to partner together to make disciples through spiritual formation? How are we to "do" ministry?
Help me write this blog! Please post your thoughts, comments, questions, and your PUSH BACK below.
For more detailed information about who Brian is, what he does, and a lot of specifics, Brian has a website where he lays his model out at Legacymilestones.com. Brian also blogs about his journey at his blog http://legacyblog.org/. I know that he'd love for you to check it out and connect with him.