Presenters: Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman

7 Family Ministry Essentials

  • Do we really want family ministry to happen or do we just like the idea of family ministry?

1. Empowering family as primary

  • God’s strategy
  • Resourcing the home
  • Age development
  • Resource:

2. Spiritual formation for lifetime faith

  • Christian Education
    • Intellectual
    • Dogmatic
    • Memorization
    • Exegetical
    • Corporate
    • Recitation
    • Rubric
    • Application
    • Extrinsic
  • Spiritual Formation
    • Experiential
    • Intuitive
    • Meditation
    • Sacred
    • Personal
    • Reflection
    • Personal
    • Response
    • Intrinsic
  • These 2 categories MUST be blended, or else kids will not be transformed.
  • Information+Formation=Transformation

3. Scripture is our authority

  • Investigating Scripture for themselves
  • Authority: Bended knee
  • Absolute truth

4. The Holy Spirit teaches

  • Creating space
  • Hearing God’s voice
  • Worship as response

5. God’s redemptive narrative

  • The Gospel is the whole story
  • Supporting actors
  • Still being written

6. God is central

  • God is the main character
  • God centered statements
    • Instead of saying that you will learn about David and Goliath or Paul, make God the main character.
  • Transformational teaching

7. Community of ministry support

  • “Our role becomes not to do ministry programs for families, but to do redemptive ministry to, with, and through families.”
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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.