The Four Levels of Family Ministry are an important tool that I had the pleasure of developing with Scott Turansky of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. Recently, Entre Niño. Entre Niño is a online magazine with vision of equipping children’s ministry leaders in Latin America. The article walks through the levels. It is in English. Follow this link, click on button “En Esta Edicíon.” The article is on page 30. Here’s the intro.
Churches all over the world are returning to a biblical model of discipleship of their young people. In the 20th century, discipleship of young people became a specialized discipline. The goals of this development were good, but there have been two negative consequences. First, the division of churches along age lines has lost some of the benefits of intergenerational interaction. Second, many parents have abdicated their responsibility in the discipleship process.
Fortunately, there’s a new movement among many churches, educators and missions organizations to restore the elements lost in the 20th century without losing the valuable gains of educational theory. Led by an understanding of parental responsibility found in Deuteronomy 6, churches from a broad swath of backgrounds are working together to dedicate parents as disciple makers in their home.
The task may seem overwhelming but when broken down into pieces, there’s something that every church can do to empower parents wherever they are. Using four levels of family ministry, suggested by the National Center for Biblical Parenting, any church can evaluate its current ministry and capacity for change and discover ways to transfer discipleship responsibility back to the parents.