What might “family ministry” look like?

It’s the current buzz phrase.  “Family Ministry” or “Intergenerational Ministry” or “Multigenerational Ministry”.  What is it?

Family/Intergenerational/Multigenerational ministry might be:

  • parents and their children attending the same Bible studies outside the home
  • parents and their children talking about faith within the home
  • parents and their children talking about their faith outside the home
  • parents and their children living out their faith inside the home
  • parents and their children living out their faith outside the home, perhaps by going on mission trips, service projects, conferences, etc,  together
  • parents and their children taking a few minutes at the end of a meal to read a Bible chapter together
  • parents and their children watching a television show together and discussing it in light of what the gospel says about that topic
  • church leadership having an honest discussion about the involvement of kids in ministry
  • church leadership equipping the body for acts of service, and providing intentional opportunities for families to be together
  • a Sunday service designed with the outcome of family discussion
  • teachers learning different teaching methodologies and using them
  • blending adult and student classes on Sundays according to learning style
  • families/other adults “adopting” those kids who do not have parents that attend church on Sunday and take them out or have them over for lunch afterward
  • events both in and outside of the church building designed to specifically engage the generations together

How would you add to this list?

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