What was once called the “nuclear family” in North America has morphed into several new, non-traditional, types of families, fragmented families, single-parent families, blended families and beyond. The television shows: Ozzie and Harriet, Father Knows, and Leave It To Beaver have been altered into American Family, Modern Family and the New Normal. The reality is that there is no perfect family. There never has been, nor will there ever be, a perfect family. But we don’t have to be pessimistic about the future. God’s Word can provide a map for every type of family.
God provides for every kind of family the ability and insight to make wise and discerning choices to succeed in this broken world. It is important for all families not to become discouraged and lose heart. There is this encouraging promise; “we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10).
Families are waiting to be led. In this culture of chaos our parents are looking for solutions and our kids are looking for direction. Families see the problems and are searching for answers. The task of discipling our children is too significant to hire someone else to do it. The home has had the greatest impact on young lives; with few exceptions, if we fail to impact the home, we will never make a lasting impact on students.
New Beginnings Church cannot contribute to the fragmentation of families. Rather, we will promote family unity where:
Family Ministry churches retain some age-organized ministries that restructure the congregation to partner with parents at every level of ministry so that parents are acknowledged, equipped, and held accountable for the discipleship of their children.
Discipleship is not a series of specific steps to “DO,” it is a lifestyle that is gospel centered. Discipleship is who you are becoming - “BE.” Family ministry begins in the homes of the parents, the leaders, and the volunteers in NBFamilies ministry. Leaders know they can't lead a family ministry with any degree of integrity unless they become family disciple makers in their own household.
Family ministry cannot merely be a series of activities that a congregation does. Th Gospel must flow from the Holy Spirit through the families (parents and children) and the church (leaders and volunteers) day by day.
Every Christian household can become an experience where the gospel is consistently observed and where parents and children alike confess their failures to one another, forgive one another, and learn to turn Jesus together.
Imagine a household where the Gospel naturally flows out of regular life experiences. We dream of a family where the grace of God is rehearsed in our daily lives.
Faith Walks are simply a category to describe conversations about God that unfold in the context of the family’s day-to-day life. Every question that arises in the daily walk of life is an opportunity for parents to form their child’s faith.
Faith Walks are all family activities, projects, and places where God is observed and discussed.
Imagine a household where the Gospel stands at the center of life. We dream of a home were Scripture is believed and lived out each day in all its depth and richness.
Faith Talk: A designated time, at least once per week, with no media, for the household to gather for prayer and the study of biblical truth together. This household gathering may include not only parents and children but also other individuals with been invited to share this time with the family.
The purpose of the talks is to restore Christian parents to their God ordained role as teachers of God's word in their children's lives. Every Christian parent should, become significant and consistent conveyor of God's word in his or her children’s lives.
Your family’s partner in ministry, New Beginnings Church will cheer you on and support you greatest Kingdom role - disciple-making parent!
Order these resources and sit them on your dining room table or kitchen. Each family meal read a brief portion of the resource. After prayer, discuss the passage. Make it fun. Share the responsibility to lead between parents, grandparents, and with your kids as they grow older.
Imagine a team of parents who have partnered with their church to track their children's spiritual formation from birth through young adulthood. Disciple-making parents who partner with other New Beginnings Parents to plan to address specific spiritual needs which are age appropriate for their kids. This Faith Map will be our guide to raise fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ who He can use to change the world!
Faith Map is a plan that involves parents in their child’s spiritual growth through partnering with New Beginnings Church to address the child's particular spiritual needs at each stage of life. Birth to preschool to school age to middle school to high school to graduation to young adult.
Parent/Child Dedication: This "first step" is both a parenting seminar which culminates in a public ceremony that normally occurs for parents who have children between birth and five years of age. During the "Parent/Child Dedication" ceremony, the New Beginnings Church commits to partner with the parents in the faith development of the child for the duration of the discipleship journey.
First Steps: At the this seminar, parents learn how to become the primary faith trainers for their children and accept the responsibility of the lead discipler in his/her child's life.
Genesis Kidz (1st-4th)
Salvation, Profession of Faith & Baptism: The most important milestone in the life of every person is salvation and baptism. This decision point is often reached between the ages of 7 and 11. This choice may also occur later in life. New Beginnings will partner with and equip parents to lead their kids toward a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that leads toward salvation.
"I'm a Christian Now": is a book and a 4-week class. Parents are encouraged to attend with their kids. This class teaches how to understand salvation, their testimony, baptism, the church and the biblical habits of prayer and bible study.
Baptism: Parents are encouraged to invite family, friends and those who were a spiritual influence. Baptism should be a family (both personal and church) event.
Preparing for Adolescence: It is so important to help children prepare spiritually, emotionally and physically for adolescence. Between the ages of 10 and 12, NB Family Ministries begins to introduce these concepts to middle school students and parents. Parents are equipped to intentionally prepare their children to enter the teen years well.
Purity for Life: In our sexually saturated secular culture, it is obvious that "sexuality" must be addressed from a biblical perspective. The Wired student ministry partners with parents by teaching the importance of family communication, healthy male & female communication, healthy male & female friendships, the compassion of truth & homosexuality, accountability, the biblical standard for purity and covenant Christian marriage.
NB High School (9th-12th)
Rite of Passage: The passing from childhood into adulthood is a significant event. Biblically, we must equip our children to become men and women of God. Age 16 is a significant time of freedom in our culture. Rite of Passage is not about keys to the car; instead, it is about becoming a man or woman of God. Real freedom is about equipping you to disciple your freshmen and sophomore students for adulthood.
Graduation: Parents must help their students develop the practical and spiritual skills to leave home. The NB High School student ministry partners with parents and equips them to prepare their students fro the world outside of the nest. This can be a very healthy time in the family journey if parents continue to keep the lines of communication open with their students. Parents celebrate this occasion with their personal family and their church family through a service of honor, focus and challenge.
Imagine a household from which the Gospel spreads like Good News does. We dream of becoming a church family that partners with parents to disciple their children but never elevates the family above the churches mission in furthering the Gospel of Jesus Christ.