Recently I had a conversation with a friend about family ministry. He is a father to five kids and a husband. The conversation went something like this….
I asked: What does your church do to strengthen family ministry in the home? What role does the children’s ministry play in this effort? I am looking for great ideas. Please share!
He replied: My new church has a kids program for both the boys and girls, and each is somewhat like boyscouts and girlscouts. The kids are required to work on awards and merit badges with the help of the parents and siblings. For example, my son has allways helped me a great deal with firewood, as we cut, split and burn it for heat. The fact that he is involved in the family activities is accounted to him as part of the credit needed for one of his awards.
I asked: Are there any additional ways in which learning at the church is translated into family devotion and prayer at home? Great thoughts. Keep em coming….
He replied: I don’t think that it matters how or what it is, as long as the requirement or challenge cannot be accomplished alone. It is almost like forcing families to spend time together. If the family is devoted to the church and to God, it will be a positive thing – God will use that time to help all participants to grow.
I asked: “Together” is the operative word. I think you have hit on something that is so obvious, yet so counterintuitive to the US American culture, of which we are both a part. So often, spirituality is thought of as a private enterprise concerning individuals, rather than families or communities. As a father and husband and in light of our discussion, can you think of at least one thing your church has done to encourage faith development for your family? What did you like about it? Is it something your family continues to do?
Stay tuned. There may be more to come!