Focusing on the family doesn’t help the church… nor the family
Far too often, our children grow up with a church focused around them. Children’s church so they don’t get bored. Youth ministry designed to keep them entertained. Campus ministry that isn’t designed for discipling, just a desperate effort to somehow keep our kids going to church once they leave home.
Family focus has led us to value youth sports over church attendance, family meals over pot lucks, school plays over midweek gatherings. If we find time in the midst of all of our family activities, we’ll go to church. If not, well… family is the most important, right?
Our families need to understand that they need the support of a strong church to grow as they should. If we want to build our families, let’s do so through building our churches.
Want strong families? Teach people to be like Jesus. Want good parent-child relationships? Let them bond through serving other people.
It’s a fine line between focusing on any demographic and pandering.