Get equipped to Build Faith-Filled Familiesby Chad Austin, BSCNC Communications
Today’s families struggle to keep up with life’s daily demands. Husbands, wives and parents may understand the need to foster spiritual growth at home, but feel too busy, ill-equipped or ill-prepared to do so.
The Building Faith-Filled Families conference, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24 in Raleigh and Friday, Sept. 25 in Wilmington, is designed to help pastors, church staff and lay leaders partner with families to help them more devoted followers of Christ and disciple makers in the home. The event is sponsored by the Church and Family Connect ministry of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC).
Here are four things attendees will learn at the conference.
1. Why family ministry is important.
God’s Word is clear that the family is where disciple-making should take place. Yet many families have outsourced spiritual growth and development to the local church. Disciple-making works best when churches and families partner and work together.
Mark Smith, family pastor at Lakeview Baptist Church in Hickory and author of two books on the family, will cast a vision for family ministry within the local church, explain how churches and families can work together, and share some practical advice to help equip and encourage family members to embrace their role as disciple-makers in the home.
2. Why marriage is the foundation for family discipleship.
Although Biblical, traditional marriage is facing many challenges from today’s culture and society, marriage remains the foundation for family discipleship. Eddie Thompson, BSCNC senior consultant for marriage and family, will share how marriage is related to spiritual growth and why marriage is considered the “frontline” of discipleship. Thompson will also offer practical advice for husbands and wives and will demonstrate how spouses can pray with and for one another.
3. How to disciple children.
Deuteronomy 6 describes a pattern of how parents should teach their children about God and His statutes during the daily rhythms of life. During the conference, Cheryl Markland, BSCNC senior consultant for childhood ministries, will present on how to disciple children at home.
Markland’s presentation will include ideas on how to plan and incorporate devotions and worship times together as a family, as well as how to have “family faith talks.” Markland and others will also model what a family devotion time might look like. Markland will also cover children’s learning styles and how that impacts family devotions and worship.
4. How to develop a family discipleship plan.
Most families already celebrate significant milestones, such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and more. Learn how to celebrate these and other milestones as spiritual markers in a family’s faith journey.
Merrie Johnson, BSCNC senior consultant for youth evangelism and discipleship, will discuss generational disciple-making and how to partner with families to develop a family ministry plan. Johnson will also share advice and resources to help single parents in the disciple-making process.
Make plans now to attend one of the two Building Faith-Filled Families events. Speakers, content and conference format will be the same at each location. Each workshop will include presentations, demonstrations, discussion with speakers, interaction with fellow attendees, and tabletop exercises to brainstorm and develop a family ministry plan.
Registration for the event is just $15 per person or $20 per couple. Registration includes all conference materials as well as a boxed lunch.
For more information or to register, visit ncbaptist.org/cfc2015.