Our ‘Working with You’ Plan
In the 21st century, families come in all sizes, shapes and colours. They are blended, broken, Dad only, Mum only, foster, step, same-sex and traditional. Connecting successfully to such families demands that we take into account their diversity and poses a daunting assortment of new challenges. Marriage and family is arguably the largest unmet need for outreach in this country; over 1 million couples living together unmarried and almost half of Australia’s children being born outside the context of marriage.
No pastor or church congregation alone can offer all that the present family crisis demands. Here at Power to Change, we believe in the potential of the local church; recognising the church as a critical change agent, Power to Change desires to work with you to help you rebuild the family. The job requires co-operation and pooling of ministry resources.
In our surveys of pastors and church leaders….we observed that many leaders are uncertain about what family ministry should be and should attempt to accomplish. There is no single best way for the church to do family ministry…God accomplishes his objectives in infinitely creative ways.” However, you can do plenty by “intelligent tweaking” of existing initiatives, so church complements family instead of competing with it.
But churches will need ‘Working with you plans’, not quick fixes. We must make the shift from the crisis paradigm to the prevention paradigm. Our observation has been that many leaders in church make the assumption that “no news is good news.” But this just isn’t the case, so many couples' relationships are floundering and are timid to discuss this out in the open. We can’t expect to rescue the family quickly. What took decades to decline, may take the same to restore.
As a leader in marriage ministry in Australia for over a decade with thousands of marriages being strengthened and thousands of houses becoming Godly homes, what excites us even more, is seeing our events become spring boards for church leaders to develop ongoing marriage & family ministry in their church & communities. We have many resources, tools and ideas that can help propel your church into your own distinctive, vibrant marriage and family ministry that can impact not only the local church but its surrounding suburbs as well.
Power to Change’s BIG IDEAS for Family Ministry:
- BIG IDEA 1 MINISTER TO THE FIRST FAMILY FIRST
Do I? As you lead and love at home, so will others follow.
- BIG IDEA 2 RECLAIM THE COVENANT OF MARRIAGE
Do I? Preach and promote God’s great plan that works.
- BIG IDEA 3 REMARKET THE DESIGNER’S DREAM
Do I? Teach men and women the Bible’s answer to the relational issues we face in everyday life.
- BIG IDEA 4 MAKE YOUR CHURCH A MARRIAGE AND FAMILY EQUIPPING CENTRE
Do I? Take the lead in understanding and meeting practical family needs.
- BIG IDEA 5 CREATE A CHURCH WIDE WEB
Do I? Refer and respond to needs via internet.
- BIG IDEA 6 MAXIMISE MENTORS
Do I? Recruit and match mentor couples to younger couples.
- BIG IDEA 7 EMPOWER PARENTS AS FAITH TRAINERS
Do I? Believe the home is the best place for faith formation and that the church’s role is to equip parents, not replace them?
- BIG IDEA 8 IMPACT MY COMMUNITY
Do I? Think through how I can connect with unchurched friends in my social circles in order to help meet needs while showing our friends the practical difference that Christianity can make in their life.
- BIG IDEA 9 BUILD A COMMUNITY MOVEMENT
Do I? Dream big and think through how the church can have a positive impact in helping transfrom lives in the local community. Involve those in the community (churched and unchurched) in HomeBuilders small groups as a way to help couples grow in their marriage and spiritual lives.
Any church – large or small – can design its family ministry using the navigational aids provided by the Power to Change model. Our goal is to help you succeed. We'd love to chat more and brainstorm some ideas with you that could impact your church and the surrounding suburbs.
Imagine your community of Christian couples modelling healthy, purposeful, fun and God-honouring marriages to the world... the glory of God radiating into dark neighbourhoods from healthy families that look beyond their own needs to the needs of others.
Together we can make a difference and change this country.
We know that getting outside of the walls of your church can be scary, we're here to help.
We look forward to hearing from you!