Research continues to show that faith formation is hugely impacted by our families.
OUR FAMILIES ARE IMPORTANT!
They are often our first teachers, our best friends, and our strongest supporters. We know that in today’s world families come in many shapes and sizes. We know that families are busier than ever. We know that families are losing their connections to each other and their faith. Intergenerational, traditional, single parent, blended families, older adults and singles…All are important to God and all need to be supported by our churches.
Pioneer Family Connect is a new initiative that seeks to serve every member of every family. It exists to serve, support, and encourage family life ministry in these three areas:
Training Opportunities and Events
Pioneer Family Connect will host regional training opportunities for both professional church workers and for lay leaders. These trainings will expand the knowledge and expertise of the leaders as well as offer practical application ideas which can be brought back to congregations.
Events and Retreats are great opportunities to engage families in service, in learning, and in fun; all leading to stronger bonds among family members. Pioneer Family Connect will lead regional events and retreats which will be open to all the families in the region. These events will help to bridge the gap between churches in the LCMS Eastern District and beyond.
Resources and Materials
Pioneer Family Connect will create and offer a wide variety of resources to churches and families. Family devotions, marriage, youth event kits, Sunday School materials, Seniors Bible Studies, and more. We want to assist churches in finding and using the best materials in their own family life ministry programs.
Current research on family dynamics, great websites, and helpful book recommendations on family ministry topics are also included in this area.
Consultation and Support
One-on-one consultation with Pastors and congregations will be available. Use this time to brainstorm ideas to engage families in your church, begin to develop new programs, or evaluate current family programs.
Support comes through prayer, ongoing communication, and a place to ask whatever family ministry questions you or your congregation has.
THE GOAL: CONNECTIONS
It is our goal through Pioneer Family Connect to create meaningful connections.
- Connections between the members of family,
- Connections among families within each congregation,
- Connections among the churches of the LCMS Eastern District and beyond,
- And most importantly, a strong connection between each family member and their Heavenly Father.
We look to serve alongside you as you address the needs of the families you serve. We look to support you as you support each family. And we pray that together we can impact the lives of every member of the family with the Gospel of Jesus.
Event planning, resource development, and family ministry research are ongoing and we would love to have you and your congregation as a partner in this new program.
If you are interested in more information, have questions about specific parts of this program, or would like to talk about ways to serve together, we would love to talk with you.