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Equipping families is a major priority here at First Baptist.  We exist to partner with the family, equipping parents to lead their children to become passionate followers of Christ. The family ministry is a collection of ministries in the church that come together to impact the family as a whole. Each aspect of this overall ministry is designed to give parents the tools and resources they need as the spiritual influences of their home.In your child’s life there will be celebrations along the way. In our family ministry, we focus on milestones that correspond with these different stages. We design our ministries to be a support system and resource as your family grows and changes.

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Family Equipping Model

“Timothy Paul Jones coined the term family-equipping ministry to describe the family ministry paradigm that he and Randy Stinson developed for the School of Church Ministries at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

… every practice at every level of ministry is reworked to champion the place of parents as primary disciple-makers in their children’s lives. Because parents are primary disciple-makers and vital partners in family-equipping ministry, every activity for children or youth must resource, train, or directly involve parents.

…family-equipping churches redevelop the congregation’s structure to cultivate a renewed culture wherein parents are acknowledged, trained, and held accountable as the primary faith-trainers in their children’s lives. As in family-integrated churches, children whose parents are unbelievers are connected with mature believers in the types of relationships that Paul described in his letter to Titus (Titus 2:1-8). Every level of the congregation’s life is consciously re-cultured to “co-champion” the church’s ministry and the parent’s responsibility.

To envision the family-equipping model in action, imagine a river with large stones jutting through the surface of the water. The river represents the Christian growth and development of children in the church. One riverbank signifies the church, and the other riverbank connotes the family. Both banks are necessary for the river to flow forward with focus and power. Unless both riverbanks support the child’s development, you are likely to end up with the destructive power of a deluge instead of the constructive possibilities of a river. The stones that guide and redirect the river currents represent milestones or rites of passage that mark the passing of key points of development that the church and families celebrate together.”

The Family-Equipping Model for Family Ministry: Transforming Age-Organized Ministries to Co-Champion the Family and the Community of Faith by Brian Nelson, Timothy Paul Jones

Additional Resources used for the Family-Equipping Ministry Model:

Family Toolkit

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