How to Build Bridges between Church and Home
- Monday, February 07, 2011
Help adults of all ages keep growing spiritually at home. Constantly encourage all of the adults in your congregation to apply their faith at home. During sermons, communicate specific ways that people can transfer the insights you're preaching about to their lives at home. Give them homework to do after every weekly sermon message, looking up additional Bible verses about each sermon's topic and discussing and applying it with the people they live with at home. Hold "Take it Home" events for adults as well as for kids and their parents, focusing on a different faith topic each time. Challenge the adults in your church's small groups to support, encourage, and hold each other accountable to grow spiritually at home.
Make sure that your church's budget supports a focus on taking faith home. Study your church's budget. Is most of the money currently being spent on programs and resources that are primarily used at church? If so, work to allocate more funds to helping the people in your church learn how to live faithfully at home.
Maintain the momentum necessary for a long-term commitment. Since the process of teaching people to transfer their faith from church to home is an ongoing one, be sure to make a long-term commitment as a congregation to helping people live out their faith at home. Maintain momentum by evaluating your staff and volunteer leaders on how well their ministry work is equipping people to live faithfully at home, expressing your appreciation to your staff and volunteers when they're doing a good job, and constantly add and strengthen your church's "Take it Home" events for the people in your congregation.
Adapted from Church + Home: The Proven Formula for Building Lifelong Faith, copyright 2010 by Mark Holmen. Published by Regal Books, a division of Gospel Light, Ventura, Ca., www.regalbooks.com.
Mark Holmen is a national and international consultant and speaker for the Faith At Home movement, which equips congregations to make the home the primary place where faith is nurtured. Mark served as senior pastor of Ventura Missionary Church until 2009, when he stepped down in order to pursue full-time Faith At Home ministry. Mark and his wife, Maria, have been married for more than 18 years and have a daughter, Malyn.
Whitney Hopler is a full-time freelance writer and editor. You can visit her website at: whitneyhopler.naiwe.com.
Publication date: February 7, 2011
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