Thursday, February 9, 2012

Free Family Ministry Event - Resurrection Sunday Bible Journey!

When it comes to reaching families in and out of your ministry, you need to have vision, passion and a plan so you will be effective at reaching out to the families in your church and community. Today I'm going to talk about planning family events as special outreach opportunities to the families in your church and community. I'm not going to talk about children's ministry vs. family ministry because I was invited to write a guest post for Ministry-to-Children and I do so in there; (Feel free to check the post out by following this link) other than to say, we need to "come alongside" parents as they teach their children by being intentional in our ministries and building on and reinforcing what the parents are teaching their children. This is where a vision statement comes in. What is it we want to accomplish in our children’s ministries? What is our plan to get there? When we join up with the parents by equipping and coming alongside them, we will experience real and measurable results.
I believe an intentional children's ministry should plan a family event at least once a quarter. While we need to be sensitive to not "over-programming" and pulling families in too many different directions, a family event gives us the opportunity to minister to both the children and the parents in our church and community at the same time. This can be a very good thing.

Family events can vary from the simple . . . such as planning family game nights or picnics in the park . . . to events which take more preparation, such as my "Bible Journey Events". (Again, see my guest post on Ministry-to-Children - you can download my Resurrection Sunday Bible Journey Event for free!) The goal behind my "Bible Journey Events" is to provide an opportunity for parents and children to work together to prepare, present and participate together in an event for families in the church and community. This allows them to experience God’s Word together. Not only will families experience God’s Word together, but they will also be able to serve Him together by helping with the event and by participating in a service project to help families in their community. 

Family events can provide excellent opportunities to reach out to families in your church and community and bring them together so they can experience and learn God's Word together - this can generate great enthusiasm for both families in and out of your church! The key word for family events is "together"! Children's ministry tends to provide opportunities for children - just as adult ministries tend to do the same for adults. Family events allow you to minister to parents and children together! This can only serve to build and strengthen families, so check out my Resurrection Sunday Bible Journey Event and see if it might be an opportunity which would fit well in your church and community!

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