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Family Ministry in the Kansas District by Jim Bradshaw

The Kansas District Child and Family Life Committee (CFLC) is committed to assisting congregations in their ministry and responsibility to strengthen marriages, parent and grandparent-child, and other faith mentoring relationships, and to support them in their role of passing on the faith to the next generation.

Marriage and family life are God’s design for rearing children and passing on the faith from generation to generation.  It is God’s original plan and the ideal.  In our fallen world, much has changed in regards to family life, formation, and structure.  While holding up God’s plan, the Gospel needs to be proclaimed to families of any shape and form.  Christ is central.

To that end, the CFLC affirms the role of equipping, resourcing, and encouraging congregations toward crafting their own vision of family ministry in order for all to more fully live out their baptismal covenant. 

Why Family Ministry in Your Church?

Family Ministry: Living Out Our Baptismal Covenant -
Family ministry is rooted in Baptism.  While it is true that our Baptism may have taken place years ago, while many of us have only a certificate to assure us of this, yet, it is, in fact, the greatest thing that has ever happened to us; it was our birthday into God’s Kingdom of Grace.  Perhaps it would be well for us to hang our Baptismal certificate on the wall or to write, as Luther did, on our desk - “I AM BAPTIZED!”  What better thought could we have to begin each day and as we close our eyes in sleep than to recall our Baptism?  Baptism is not a momentary act.  It’s a lifelong relationship to be celebrated and affirmed.

Family Ministry: Strengthens Marriages, Parent & Grandparent Relationships - God’s original design for us was that we would function within healthy relationships. Unfortunately, that aspect of our existence is also impacted by the reality of sin in our lives.  While God’s love redeems us through the sacrificial blood of Jesus, relationships on this side of heaven still require intentional effort, a lot of grace, and many second chances, if they are to be healthy. 

Again, the CFLC desires to support all in the baptismal journey by offering the following family ministry services for congregations, schools, Church workers, and laity of the Kansas District, LCMS:

  • Free consultations – trained facilitators willing to assist pastors, other church workers, and lay leaders, with assessment tools and best practices in marriage and parent education.
  • Marriage ministry – trained leaders excited to offer marriage enrichment experiences for church workers and their spouses.  Retreats and workshops for laity are also available.
  • Workshops - 
        +  Heart of Family Ministry – a one-hour overview
            of family ministry strategies and resources for
            the congregation and the home, tailored for a
            Bible class.
        +  
    Faith and the Home – a series of half-day
            workshops designed to equip, resource, and
            encourage congregations toward crafting their
            own vision of family ministry.  Participants learn
            ways to strengthen the family’s role of passing
            on the faith to the next generation.  

For further information, contact DCE Jeremy Pera, Chair; Rev. Charlie Adams; Rev. Don Miller; Keith Jopp; Dr. Jan Borst; DCE Cynthia Lavrenz; CJ & Sharon Cross; Katy Pauley; and Jim Bradshaw, Assistant to the President for Educational Services, at 785-357-4441 ext. 200.

Family Ministry Article

Igniting the Fire in Your Families…Your Church 
by Professor Ben Freudenburg