RE-THINK

Family is...
the home

The life shaping, faith forming and missional centre for building the Kingdom. A group of people of varying ages, usually connected biologically; sometimes living together – sometimes separated.

(‘bah’ith [Heb] = household/s)

Healthy families build healthy communities

Family is...
the community

The extended family of God (the faith community) has a vital role in empowering households to be salt and light in the world. A group of people of varying ages, connected through relationship, geographical location and through a shared journey of faith.

(mispawkhaw [Heb] = community)

Church is a family not an event.

God’s design is that through the intentional ongoing interaction and partnership between the home and the community, lifelong faith will be nurtured and lived out. Family ministry is not just a ministry to families and ministry for families. Family ministry is ministry with families and ministry in families. Faith is formed and strengthened when more opportunities are developed for the family community to experience life in Christ together.

Working from a strong commitment to God’s original blueprint for family, debates over definitions of what constitutes a ‘family’ today are set aside, and held in tension, so as to focus more on producing higher levels of healthy functionality and interconnectedness within homes and communities across the globe. God’s will and design is that through family, Christ is formed in His people and nurtured in their faith to find the ‘life to the full’ that Jesus talked about.

Consider afresh Jesus’ intentions when He ‘placed a child in the midst of them…’

The Old Testament uses multiple Hebrew words that have been translated ‘family’ in our Bibles. The two most commonly used words give us two clear lenses through which we gain a more holistic understanding of family which must direct our efforts. These have been shown above.

Resources

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INTERGENERATIONAL COMMUNITY BUILDING

This guide is designed for community leaders, organizations, funders and intermediaries who are interested in using an intergenerational approach to community building efforts

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IMPORTANCE OF INTERGENERATIONAL COMMUNITY FOR LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION

Something old is new again. Congregations across the United States are rediscovering the power of the intergenerational faith community.

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THE FAMILY RIVER OF LIFE JOURNEY

A diagram illustrating some of the roles of the community of faith as it supports each family within its setting.

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A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON FAMILY

A 2 page document highlighting two major lenses for considering family in biblical tradition plus 4 suggested priorities for growing healthy family communities.

ATF-Communique | Biblical-Perspective-on-Family

BRINGING FAITH FORMATION 2020 SCENARIOS TO LIFE

How can churches create a future for faith formation using the four scenarios as a guide to responding creatively and proactively to the religious and spiritual needs of people— today and into the future?

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THE MISSING LINK IN FAITH FORMATION

There is a vital ingredient in the faith formation process that has been overlooked, especially in the Western church, as we help children and young people develop a robust faith for life.

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EVERY CHILD IS PART OF A FAMILY

We see children everywhere. One does not have to look hard to find a child. We see one as a student in a classroom. We see another as a player in a sporting team.

MS Word version | Powerpoint presentation

A GLOBAL CHARTER FOR CHILDREN

An document dreaming of a better world for children and the role of the family in seeing this become a reality.

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