Category Archives: family ministry

The journey of comprehensive discipleship

Discipleship is not as much a series of steps as it is a system of forces working for the development of the disciple. In my recent post I addressed what I called the default model of discipleship. It might be … Continue reading

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Critical thinking in family ministries

How do you apply these levels of critical thinking in your family ministry? I’d dare say that most sermons focus on 1, touch on 2 and turn 3 into a 1st level exercise (because I’ve been told, “people can’t make … Continue reading

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The default discipleship model can fail the disciple

This is the first of a two part post on discipleship models. The first is common, organizational, and easy to fall into. The second model is uncommon, relational, and takes a good amount of thought and effort to be strong … Continue reading

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Phil Vischer and thoughts on parenting parents

Phil Vischer talks about troubles that many child superstars fall into. Along the way he makes the point that we need a ministry to parent parents. That’s a great idea! I call that ministry the Church. Sadly, too many churches … Continue reading

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Unbranding your children’s and youth ministries

CrossTrainers, King’s Kidz, Area 56. Often churches like to name their ministries for children and youth. Names provide a cute way of bringing the groups together and giving a common identity. But should churches give ministries their own brands? While … Continue reading

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Day 1 Missio Alliance – Making family more missional

I had a great first day at the Missio Alliance conference in Alexandria,VA. Scot McKinght started things off with his normal thoughtful wit and challenge speaking on the Gospel. Cherish Fee-Nordling had a motivating talk were we learned that God … Continue reading

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What does the missional family discipleship plan look like?

Making disciples is the priority of the missional family. Discipleship is the process of leading people to be more like Christ. Disciple making begins before someone even knows the first thing about Jesus Christ, and it never ends. Ultimately, the … Continue reading

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How does the missional family look at relationships? As a means or as an end?

Andy Root, a professor at Luther Seminary in Minnesota, has a book coming out called The Relational Pastor. I’ve pre-ordered the Kindle book and look forward to reading it when it’s available on April 8. What I know about the book … Continue reading

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Is the family model of ministry small or large: Micro verses macro ministry

There are two reasons people struggle to envision church as a missional family. First, the natural family at home predominates our understanding of family so we assume that the home is the only kind of family that we target in … Continue reading

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5 Ways to tell the difference between Traditional Family Ministry Churches and Missional Family Churches

Last week I wrote about the two basic models of family ministry, a Traditional Family Ministry and the Missional Family. The post was well received, but I did get one question that I think many people may benefit from in … Continue reading

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