Faith Communities Today
New Fact Information
Adventist local churches are less likely than congregations of other faiths to have a regular program of family ministries throughout the year. They are more likely to have occasional events, once or twice a year.
About two-thirds of both Adventist and other congregations report that they have "nothing at all" for example marriage enrichment, parenting seminars, and other family life education activities. This may be a significant omission. Other research has shown, among Adventists at least, that there is a high expectation among members that churches will provide family ministries. A New Generation of Adventist Families book.
Most congregations of every faith group are not providing family ministries programming. Perhaps this explains why those religious groups that do provide consistent programs of family life ministry are more likely to be growing congregations.
1. During the last year, what parenting, marriage enrichment or other family life education activities has our local church had?
2. Are we doing enough to meet the family ministries needs and expectations of our members?
3. Are we doing enough to meet the family ministries needs and expectations of the community?4. What steps, if any, should we take to expand our family ministries?
New FACT Information, Center for Creative Ministry