Building relationships to build young saints

I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve as the Pastor of Family ministries here at Maranatha and I’m excited about how our church’s philosophy of ministry directly drive my pastoral ministry. As a church, our mission is “Building relationships that build saints.” This strategy as it applies to family ministries could be summarized this way: discipleship through partnership in the context of relationship.

Discipleship is all about helping people grow to become more like Jesus. We do this as we teach God’s Word and then live out His Word by relying on the Spirit’s power through prayer. In relation to family ministry, Scripture teaches that parents are the primary disciple-makers of their children (Ephesians 6:4 and Exodus 10:1-2). Therefore, Partnership with parents is the way that we seek to disciple children and youth. Our desire is to work together with parents in raising their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Relationship is the fertile soil in which effective partnership takes root and grows into a healthy context for discipleship. In order to build relationships, we have to be intentional about the time we invest in the lives of others.