Why provide discipleship focused family ministry?
Since we believe that God
created the family (Gen. 1:28, 2:18-24), then we must also believe He has some very
important instructions for us to follow regarding how to live as a family, and also how
to tend to our families. Over 90% of the body of Christ today did not have a Godly
example from their parents. If we believe God has given us His instructions for the
family in the Bible (Matt 28:19-20), and it is by these instructions we are to tend to
the needs of His children, (John 21:15 & 17) then who or what organization did God
create to disciple people in the ways of God? The Church
Does effective ministry just happen?
No! There must be a vision (Prov. 29:18) or
else busyness, confusion, and less important things will monopolize the attention of
the ministers. God does not want confusion in church activities (1 Cor 14:33). He
wants us to prayerfully and carefully consider His Word and His will for leading and
setting the vision for church ministries. Since He has provided direction in His Word
for church ministry, we should not become distracted by each wave that breaks onto
our shore. If we are to fulfill his calling for ministry in our church there must be
leadership, vision, strategic planning, and practical implementation.
If we are to lead, we must first be walking in His instructions and power in order to
guide others along the way. We must go in advance of the people we intend to lead.
Therefore, we exhort you to first train the leaders in the ways of the Lord for family
ministry. There are many in church leadership positions that did not have a godly
example given to them by their own parents and have never been trained (discipled)
in marriage and parenting.
Opportunity 1
Leadership Training: Why is this first? Because a pastor or lay minister cannot
lead other people unless their lives are following God’s will and ways in their own
families (Titus 2:7 & 1Tim 3:4-12 are not suggestions), and there are serious
consequences to the body if their homes are not in order.
If the pastor already has leadership in the church (staff or lay ministers) he should
start by discipling these people through Marriage & Parenting before the rest of the
body. It is also important to follow-up to ensure they are applying these principles in
their home. Because many Christians, even those in church leadership positions, do
not truly believe there are consequences when they compromise God’s instructions
in fulfilling their role as a husband, wife, or parent. A pastor needs to be very clear
that these instructions are not just suggestions.
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your
God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go. Oh, that
you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river,
And your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants also would
have been like the sand, And the offspring of your body like the grains of sand; His
name would not have been cut off Nor destroyed from before Me.” Isaiah 48:17-19

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