7 Ways Pastors Can Minister to Families

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Jim Burns is the author of Faith Conversations for Families and the President of HomeWord, which exists to help families succeed by creating biblical resources for their growth. He regularly helps families grow closer together in the Lord, and he sees many wonderful ways that the local church can support the family unit. In this first video, he shares his three favorite phrases about family ministry.



"When you reach the family, you reach the world."

Do you believe that your church is thought of as a place where families can receive help and learn to be healthy family units? Is there anything that needs to change to make that perception a reality?
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What is one example of a way that your church can reach individuals in such a way that whole families are impacted by the gospel?
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"One of the purposes of the church is to mentor parents, and parents mentor their children, and the legacy of faith continues to the next generation."

How are parents mentored and instructed in your church? How effective is this training?
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What is one practical thing your church can do for parents that will help them engage their families with those faith conversations that lead to kids staying in church as they grow into adulthood?
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"And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 'Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.'"
~ Mark 9:36–37 (ESV)

What does it look like for a church to be welcoming to children? What kind of programs, instructions, structures, attitudes or teaching will make children and their parents feel confident that your church gladly welcomes children into your faith community?
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When families think of where they can go to get help, the church should be the first place that comes to mind. Work in your church so that the surrounding community knows that you are a place where families are loved and supported. In this next video, Jim covers 4 specific areas in which your church can deliver this message to parents.



Jim gave four says to help and encourage the parents of the children and teens in your church.
  • Inform Parents - tell them what their kids are learning
  • Involve Parents - give them opportunities to volunteer and contribute
  • Assist Parents - offer them classes, help and advice
  • Encourage Parents - show them you believe in them and acknowledge the good work they do to raise their kids

What ongoing, consistent method do you use to inform your parents of what their kids are learning in church? Who will be in charge of this sharing and how will you get the process started?
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What are three or four different types of jobs that parents can come into as volunteers and make a significant contribution to your youth group or Sunday school?
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If you were going to offer some kind of parenting class or workshop, what two or three topics would you want to teach or facilitate?
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What is something that is both significant and meaningful that you can do for the moms and dads of your students to encourage them in their parenting?
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The most significant influencers of kids are their parents, and this means that the church has a great opportunity to bless whole families by building into and supporting parents. Hopefully you have thought of some meaningful ways that your church can support moms and dads without starting entirely new programs. Like the men who helped the family after their tragedy, your end goal is not big extra ministries, but to love people well in their needs.