Drive Faith Home – Formed through the work and ministry of LakePointe Church in Rockwall, Texas, HomePointe is an integrated model and strategy for church-driven, family-centered ministry. HomePointe exists to increase the likelihood that those attending our churches will: (1) Build a life-long, thriving marriage, (2) Introduce their children to Christ, and (3) Launch their teens as committed believers. HomePointe is designed to give local church family ministry leaders a platform and context for helping people become intentional about building strong families one step at a time.
Faith@Home Events – Use faith@home events to demonstrate what home discipleship looks like. That could mean setting time aside for families around tables to actually have a short devotional together. It might mean showing a short video of a family taking those first devotional steps.
Periodic events might be planned around an evening meal to provide a welcoming atmosphere for families, kids and adults of all ages. Elements in a faith@home event could include:
- Interactive games
- Table resources
- Worship sets
- Key messages about home discipleship
Family Talk Guides – Encourage families to have at least one home devotional each week. That can happen around a family meal, in the evening, on the weekend or in some other way. The point is to encourage families to do something at home to grow spiritually.
Home devotions can happen in many ways. Online guides, devotional books, discussion questions and other resources are a good place to start. Another idea is to launch family devotions based on weekly group study material or sermons presented in a morning worship service.
ParentMinistry.net – ParentMinistry.net was founded in July 2012 by Jeremy Lee. Jeremy served for 20 years in the local church as a student minister. Five years ago, he asked the question, “I know I should minister to parents, but how can I do it?” His search for the answer to that question led him to create a site with prescient articles, reviews and other resources.
Parents’ Place Events – Parents’ Place Events develop and reinforce intentional parenting skills. Develop a natural progression of topics that feed your ministry action plan, and that develop a faith milestones and ministry transitions plan. Parenting topics might include:
- How to lead your child to Christ
- How to prepare your child for adolescence
- How to keep your student pure
- How to lead your child to serve and go on mission
Holmen, Mark, Church+Home: The Proven Formula for Building Lifelong Faith (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2010).
Jones, Timothy Paul, ed., Paul Renfro, Brandon Shields and Jay Strother, Perspectives on Family Ministry: Three Views (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2009).
Rienow, Rob, God’s Grand Vision for the Home (Streamwood, IL: AWANA, 2007).
Burns, Jim, and Mike DeVries, Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry: The Practical Guide to Today’s Family-Based Youth Ministry (Gospel Light, 2003).
Haynes, Brian, Shift: What it Takes to Finally Reach Families Today (Loveland, CO: Group, 2009).
Holmen, Mark, Faith Begins at Home: The Family Makeover with Christ at the Center (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2005).
Jones, Timothy Paul, Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples (Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2011).
Faith Milestones (Books)
DeVries, Mark, Family-Based Youth Ministry, rev. and exp. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004).
Gresh, Bob, Who Moved the Goalpost?: Seven Winning Strategies in the Sexual Integrity Gameplan (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2001).
Lewis, Robert, Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father’s Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2007).
Holmen, Mark, Faith Begins @ Home Dad (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2010).
Holmen, Mark, Faith Begins @ Home Devotions (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2010).
Holmen, Maria and Mark, Faith Begins @ Home Mom (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2010).
Holmen, Mark, Faith Begins @ Home Prayer (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2010).