Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bring on the Whole Family

Today, I want to share with you an article from Tabletalk magazine. It's called "It Takes a Church to Raise a Child." The article gives you some practical ways you as a church member can reach out to other families in your congregation, and it also cuts to the heart of why we need the church:

Parenting is not for the faint of heart. It is also not something parents should attempt to do alone. Thankfully, those in the church don’t have to. They are part of an extended family — the family of God — that can play a vital role in the raising of children.... [Keep reading]

Ephesians 4:11-13 explains to the church, “It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” The role of the church was to equip the adults to train their families to work in unity as they transformed culture.

That's still an important role of the church. That's why, at Classical Conversations, we base many of our campuses at local churches. We want pastors, parents, and students to be witnesses for each other as families strive to train (or re-train) their minds.

I'll close by sharing in the words of the author Mark Bates, "Thank God that He has given us the church to be the family of God and blessed us all with the privilege of raising children."

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