Helping Families Navigate the Importance of Church – Mel Walker

Lee Lethers Podcast

One of the ever-growing struggles in youth ministry is families who no longer see church as a priority. On today’s episode of the Multiply! Podcast, Brian is joined by Mel Walker. Mel is the president and co-founder of Vision for Youth and the author of several books, including Inter-Generational Youth Ministry and his latest book Going On For God. Brian and Mel address the topic of helping families prioritize regular involvement with their local church.

Takeaways: 
Has the family become more important than the church?
  • We cannot forget that God has developed two institutions: the family and the church
  • Both are priorities (Ephesians 4, Ephesians 6)
  • Some people see their families as idols
  • How is your family partnering with the church?
  • The trend is not going towards good families
  • Families have to make a commitment to church, and the church has to make a commitment to be more family-friendly
  • Sometimes we use family as an excuse to not be committed to a local church
  • The church is God’s program
  • Families were designed to be encouraged and helped in a community of faith (Titus 2)
  • We need balance in our thinking
  • We miss the benefits the church has for our family

What can church leaders do to foster this kind of environment?

  1. Make a commitment to the families in your church
    • Be committed to busy youth – have breakfast with them, go to their games, etc.
    • Think about shot-term ministries instead of ongoing meetings
  2. Ask parents how you can help them
    • What do they want for their children?
    • Parents have to make decisions
    • Be on their side
  3. The church needs to be a family
    • Families will be in trouble
    • The definition of family is changing
    • Figure out your community

Resources: 

“Going on for God” – Mel Walker: https://goingonforgod.com/

Multiply episode 16 “Inter-generational youth ministry” – Mel Walker: https://lcm.wol.org/multiply/inter-generational-youth-ministry-mel-walker/

“Inter-Generational Youth Ministry” – Mel Walker: http://intergenerationalyouthministry.com/

Multiply Email: Multiply@wol.org