What is Family Ministry?

“Family Ministry” has become a very popular term in the church world, with definitions that range from one extreme to the other. Often, it is defined as age level ministries for children, youth and their parents/guardians, or equipping parents to tackle their role as primary faith formers in the home. While children, youth and their parents/guardians are a vital part of this definition, the...
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Mixed Messages

I just finished shopping for and wrapping gifts for a family in my community.  Each year the Sunday school class I’m a part of adopts a family through the local school.  We buy gifts, food, and other items to help make their Christmas a little brighter.  As I wrapped these gifts today, a number of thoughts and emotions have been flooding through. I think of all the stories I’ve heard and...
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Giving Tuesday

We all know about Black Friday.  That dreaded for some, exiting for others day when stores open before the sun and crowds of people rush for great deals on all kinds of, well, stuff. Out of Black Friday have come several other days much more generous in spirit.  One is Small Business Saturday, where people are encouraged to shop locally.  Then there’s Cyber Monday for those of us who enjoy...
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I wonder… Stats and Thoughts on Poverty, Homelessness & Family Ministry

I just finished reading the Report Card on Child Homelessness provided by the National Center on Family Homelessness. While my thoughts are still fresh, I invite you to struggle through some data and questions with me. 2.5 million children in America – one in every 30 children – go to sleep without a home of their own each year. When you review the data, you will see that Indiana...
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Numbers That Count

I have had many conversations about numbers this month… most of them are talks with leaders who are bummed about declining attendance numbers, some are talks with leaders who are excited about record high attendance numbers. I have to be honest, I like numbers. I am kind of a geek when it comes to studying them. I appreciate attendance records. I pay attention to statistics and really...
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