resources for effective children's ministry
I also want to encourage churches to continue to support and encourage the families in their church and community. If the church is effective in encouraging and equipping the family both the church and the family will be stronger because of it. It is so vital that we in the church take seriously our role in helping to build strong families in our church and community. There are a number of ways we can do this, build a strong complement of parenting books in your library and provide these resources for and encourage families to utilize them in understanding how to have a strong family. Provide parenting classes - invite parents from the community to participate in these classes. Put together mentoring teams of parents who basically developed a strong family with parents who want to develop a strong family and plan for opportunities for these mentoring teams to get together. Plan family events so the entire family will be able to grow together and have fun as well. Continue a strong family ministry throughout the summer - do NOT stop sunday school and mid week opportunities for children and youth during the summer, but rather develop a particularly strong ministry during the summer - kids and families are often looking for things to do during the summer so it is the perfect opportunity for ministry to children, youth and families. Provide opportunities for families to minister and serve together. I am sure there are many more ideas for ministry to strengthen families - these are just a few - but in this issue we will take a look at some more excellent resources to build families.
We will also look at some more Bibles as I am convinced if we as parents and teachers commit to spending time in God's Word and encourage our children and students to do the same, we will be changed people!
I hope you will find information, ideas and resources to help you as you work to build a strong family and ministry in your church. As always, feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have!
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