REIMAGINE FAMILY MINISTRY
The “Reimagine” project seeks to apply New Testament principles to present-day modes of church practice.
How will you reimagine family ministry to meet the realities of our current situation? What innovative practices can you utilize while still upholding the core teachings found in Scripture? Below you will find some information, tools and resources to help you begin to reimagine.
Life as we know it has been disrupted by the global coronavirus pandemic. Our homes, churches, schools and businesses have been hit hard with restrictions, quarantines and closures. Unquestionably, these are difficult days. As a result, numerous families have decided to press pause on their church attendance during this crisis. For most parents, this has not been an easy decision. In these times, church leaders are asking questions like, “Since parents are not coming to church, are they continuing to disciple their children? How can we partner with parents remotely to help them confidently disciple their children?”
Many trials and challenges await the church and family ministry beyond COVID-19. Questions include, which families will be willing to lead the return to in-person gatherings, and when will that be? Parents have grown accustomed to church at home. Therefore, they may be slow to make their way back to church. They may have fears and concerns about the safety of meeting indoors. Families could lack confidence in the church’s ability to maintain adequate protocols to protect their children. They may also worry about other members respecting CDC guidelines. In the end, many leaders have to wonder, how can we get these families back to church and re-engaged in discipling their children?
Tips & Tools
We all long for the day when we can say COVID-19 is a thing of the past. Until then, church leaders can encourage and challenge families to use discipleship resources while they are still at home. The “Faith Talk Devotions” resource was designed to give parents access to 24 fun, easy-to-use devotions as they sit at home, go down the road, lie down and get up. The devotions are based on rhythms listed in Deuteronomy 6, and include activities that families do every day. This resource will give parents the opportunity to have meaningful, spiritual conversations about God’s timeless truths.
Today, could you reimagine your approach to family ministry? Reimagine a ministry where parents fully engage with disciple-making at home. Reimagine your role shifting to equipping and partnering with parents as they make discipleship in the home a priority. Reimagine parents and children who are excited and eager to be at church every week and fully engaged in your ministries. Take time to reimagine the future of your family ministry and see how the Lord would use you to train families to be about His timeless mission by using this timely means.