churchwide conversations initiative
Warm greetings! We want to commend you for taking this courageous step in considering this initiative.
The Global Family Challenge focuses on developing a culture of discipleship in the home as a part of the corporate church’s disciple-making structure. Currently, you represent the minority of global leaders in pursuit of this pioneering ministry.
The biblical vision of the Christian home (see Ephesians 5:21 – 6:4) is one of thriving relationships. With Christ as the head of the church, husbands are to likewise lead their homes. Through mutual submission to one another in the marital bond, parents grow as followers of Christ and are equipped by the church to establish godly leadership in which they diligently disciple their children. In turn, children learn to honour their parents, which includes caring for them in their old age.
Regrettably, the reality we see in our churches is starkly different from the biblical model. Families are breaking down at an alarming rate and many of us foresee that this situation is likely to get worse rather than better in the coming days.
Family is the primary environment for discipleship. Its effectiveness in disciple-making depends heavily on the health of the relationships within it.
Being born-again does not automatically make us godly in how we live at home. We need a discipleship process for that to happen.
The church is called to equip its members – to disciple the families in their midst. Ephesians 4:12. When we become Christians, the church teaches us how to live as a Christian in certain areas; prayer, the Word, worship, community living, etc.
But, when it comes to the matter of what is happening at home, there is that usual hush. Leadership, being the gatekeeper of the church body, has a large part to play in this. Generally, we (church leadership and members alike) do not talk much about our personal home life in the church, especially those so-called ‘sensitive’ subjects like marriage, sexuality, etc.
Our straw poll surveys (shown here) show generally the lackluster attitude of the church leadership towards building strong homes in their midst.
Let us join hands and partner with our Almighty God in building His body by discipling His families!
Global Family Challenge,
Greetings! We want to commend you for taking this courageous step to consider involving in this initiative that focuses on developing the culture of discipleship of the home as a part of the disciple-making structure of your corporate church. Currently, you are among the minority of leaders globally in pursuit of this pioneering ministry.
A warm welcome from our global team in this venture ahead!
The vision of the Christian home we find in the Bible (e.g. Ephesians 5:21-6:4) is one of thriving marital and parent-child relationships and well-established leadership, where children honour their parents and care for them in their old age, and parents grow as followers of Christ and are equipped (by the church) to diligently lead in discipling their children.
But, we see a stark difference when we contrast this with the reality of the families that make up our churches. We now minister in an environment where families are breaking down at an alarming rate; a situation that many of us foresee as likely to get worse, rather than better, in the days to come.
Family is the primary discipleship environment and its effectiveness in disciple-making depends heavily on the health of the relationships within it. This is God’s plan. Understandably, our church’s strength depends heavily on the health of the families within the church.
Welcome again. Let us join hands together and partner with our Almighty God in building His body by discipling His families!
Family Challenge, Global Leadership Team