Family ministry is difficult to define. Here is Damon Delillo’s attempt:
Family ministry means that I spend equal amounts of time on two things:
- Creating a system that ensures that every child, teenager, college student and parent is connected with someone who feels responsible for knowing their next spiritual step and encouraging them to take it.
- Helping parents become active participants in their child or teenager’s spiritual formation.
That’s it. I run everything we do through that grid. How are we helping parents become active participants in their child’s spiritual formation? How are we ensuring that everyone who walks through the door of the church is getting connected in a close personal relationship with someone who feels responsible for knowing their next spiritual step and encouraging them to take it?
It seems like family ministry is that simple, right? Focus on what the church can do to foster spiritual formation organizationally and equip and resource parents to actively engage with their children in faith formation in the home.