How important is family ministry in your church? Is it more than a fad or buzz word?
Likewise, how important is ministry to “non-family” people in your church?
Families are important but the church consists of singles, couples without and perhaps unable to have children, older people past child rearing age, as well as families. (1 Cor. 12:14-20)
- What effect does revolving the whole church around families have on all these people?
- How can the church serve families without neglecting other people groups?
Families are important but the church is commissioned to reach people in general, not specifically families. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)
- Where does a non-family person turn if the church focuses primarily on reaching families?
- How can the church reach and assimilate non-family people without making them secondary?
Families are important but the church is commanded to first and foremost love God and then our neighbor (people in general). (Matt. 22:35-40)
- When so much emphasis is on catering to families, how might non-family people feel in terms of their value?
- How can the church provide a family-friendly atmosphere without being insensitive to the non-family people in their midst?
Families are important but the church is charged with shepherding the flock, not merely families. (1 Pet. 5:2-4)
- What message do non-family people get when so much of the church’s time and resources are focused on the needs of the family?
- How can the church make sure non-family members do not slip through the cracks?
The intent of this post is not to minimize the importance of family and the ways the church can help the family. At the very least, the church should . . .
Train parents to faithfully fulfill their responsibility. When, where, and how we do that is what makes the difference.
Train teachers to keep a good line of communication open between teachers and parents. Teachers keeping parents informed about what is happening in class gives parents a platform for taking it further at home. Parents keeping teachers informed about what is happening in the home gives teachers a platform for better understanding students’ needs.
The intent of this post is to challenge us not to minimize those who attend our churches who are non-family people. Let’s remember the all-inclusive nature of the church and how God uses diversity. At the very least, the church needs the following:
acknowledgement that the church consists of families AND non-family people
advancement of the cause of Christ with all people in mind
affirmation of love and value of all people regardless of their status
accountability to shepherd all who are a part of the church