I had the fortune of attending a one-day conference (Orange Tour 2018 Indianapolis) which addressed the "how" about integrating church life with family life while "doing life." How can church and family be better integrated? The presenters at the conference had the utmost respect and praise for family, specifically parents. Parents serve day in and day out to the depths of exhaustion for their family, their children. Parents say “Yes!” to the noble call of raising children to be the best they can be. Thank you, parents!
Here are links to resources that were shared at the conference:
PARENT CUE BLOG
PARENT CUE PODCAST
I hope you find something affirming, encouraging, and informative.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it
One of the breakout sessions I attended during the conference address recruiting and maintaining Team Leaders, Team Members, and Back-Up Team Members who serve children, youth, and family within the Family Ministries Department. A Team Leader is the point-person for the Family Ministry program they serve. One example I think about at Trinity English is our Acolyte program. One TELC member currently serves in a Team Lead capacity for youth Acolytes. The Team Lead coordinates which youth will serve as Acolytes each week, ensures youth interested in serving as an Acolyte are properly oriented and trained. Other TELC adults assisting the Acolyte Team Lead are considered Team Members. Team Members assists with the Family Ministry programs acting as a support to the Acolyte Team Lead. Instances the Team Lead or Team Member is unable to assist Acolytes for Sunday service or another Acolyte occasion, a Back-Up Team Member would fill in. Back-Up Team Members serve in a “substitute” capacity in the absence of Team Lead or Team Member. The goal of the TELC Family Ministries Department is to create, encourage, and sustain an enthusiastic group of Team Leads (10), Team Members (40), and Back-Up Team Members (40). Family Ministry programs include Sunday School (pre-K & K, 1st & 2nd grades, 3rd 4th & 5th grades, Middle School), Trinity Theater for Middle Schoolers, High School Youth Group, High School Bible Study, Family Night, Women’s Group, Men’s Group, and whatever other groups TELC members are interested in.
To get involved connect with Me! We can choose a time to sit and chat about how you wish to be involved, chat on the phone, exchange texts, or even email. All TELC Family Ministries programs will “launch” January 2019, so let’s connect soon. I look forward to getting to know as many Trinity English members as possible, especially as we serve together on behalf of children, youth, and families.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. - 1 Peter 4:10