Family Mission Statement

Posted: February 21, 2014 in Parents
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When I was in seminary I had a class called Family Ministry where my professor, Randy Stinson, shared a ton of stories about him raising his kids and seeking to shepherd their hearts and prepare them for adulthood. One of the keys he emphasized was the importance of the biblical command from Deuteronomy 6 that parents be the primary disciple makers of their families. In church culture today, we often drop our kids off for the professionals to take care of their spiritual lives and don’t take seriously our call as parents to be cultivating their spiritual lives in our homes. A lot of times, we do this because that is what was normal for us growing up and we don’t even have categories for discipling our children and even if we did, we wouldn’t know where to start. One of the things that my professor told us about was having a family mission statement. Yes, I know, I never had one either and had no idea what that meant. But after hearing him talk through the importance of this, I decided my family and I should consider making one. Our girls are not yet old enough to really appreciate or understand what it is all about, but those are conversations I look forward to having in time.

Here is an article I came across today from J.D. Greear, a pastor in North Carolina, on what a family mission statement is and how to write one. It might be something worth checking out.

http://www.jdgreear.com/my_weblog/2014/02/5-steps-to-writing-a-family-mission-statement.html

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