Seventh-day Adventists recognise that families are the building blocks of community, the church and society. We believe God created families to nurture warm, meaningful and loving relationships, and to discover what it is to love and be loved. In families, children develop beliefs, values, and attitudes which translate into behavioural patterns that shape their future, and the future of their community.
The primary role of the Family Ministries department is to partner with leaders at every level of the church structure to support the families in the church and in their local communities by:
- recognising the great diversity of modern families
- training and equipping family life educators
- enriching marriages
- educating and resourcing parents
- educating and supporting leaders and families to help ensure families are a safe environment, especially for children
- fostering healthy relationships and emotional wellbeing
The Family Ministries department is closely linked to the work of the Children’s Ministries Department. These departments also oversee the implementation of the church’s safeguarding policy, Keeping Our Church Family Safe, to ensure best practice in the protection of children and adults at risk.
BUC Family Ministries Manual
- 1 Contents
- 2 Introduction
- 3 What is a Family
- 4 The Organisation of Family Ministries
- 5 Discovering the Families in your Church
- 6 Discovering the Families in your Community
- 7 Guidelines for Family Ministry in the Local Church
- 8 Special Programmes
- 9 Cycle of Life Resources
- 10 INDEX
- 11 Appendix
GC Family Planbook 2017
The Family Ministries Planbook is an annual resource organised by the General Conference Family Ministries department. It is to be used as a tool in local churches and includes resources for the special family emphasis weeks and Sabbaths throughout the year.