Parents into Partners: An introduction
Serving a NEW GENERATION of Families
When talking about Family Ministry, we first have to admit that the modern family looks a whole lot different than our culture told us that it should look 50 years ago.
I’ve posted this video before, but it’s worth watching again, as we consider what it looks like for the church to serve and reach out to the modern family:
And, if that was how your neighbors thought of the definition of family in 2010, consider what this clip says about what they might now consider the “new normal”:
One of the tag-lines for this new show should cause you to stop and consider what it looks like to effectively minister to families in your community:
You don’t have to be related to be family – different is the new normal
So, let’s consider, as we begin to think about how to best partner with parents in passing the faith on to the next generation, that we’re not dealing with the Beavers anymore (that is, if we ever thought we were actually dealing with perfect families). Instead, we are called to serve single parents, guardians, neighbors with an extra seat in the car, teens who bring their younger siblings to church, adoptive & foster parents, and couples in your congregation who are struggling with infertility. Consider what it looks like to partner with the hardest family situations in your ministry.
It’s with that frame of mind that we move forward.
It’s for families who most need the grace of Jesus that we’re called to share the Gospel.
This is part of a series of posts on serving families in our communities. To see the notes and slides that go with this series, visit: http://westcoastcm.com/2012/10/03/turning-parents-into-partners/