Today’s families are different from the traditional definition: a mother, a father, and two children. Rather, today’s families range from families of one person to families of two parents with children, from single parents to newly married couples, from group home families to a few friends sharing a roof. Families include grandparents raising grandchildren, married couples without children, teenage mothers, empty nesters, foster parents, and even older siblings in charge of younger ones. Each and every member of the church is a family in and of themselves—and a part of the church family.
Family ministries is not just a one-time program or performance; it is a continuing ministry and a constant act of service. This is an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth within your own family, the families of your church and surrounding community, and beyond. This is not simply compiling a list of “Dos and Don’ts” to preach and expect each person to follow. And because each family is different, the same guidelines won’t work for everyone. Family ministries is not a venue to prove our talent, creativity, or genius. Rather, family ministries provides an opportunity to reflect God’s light into the world for the purpose of leading others to Him.
Used by permission of Adventist Family Ministries, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.