Is Your Family a Missional Family?



Thoughts from Ed Miller
Is your family a missional family? This is one of the most strategic things you can do to lead your family to more closeness, effectiveness, and to encourage strong spiritual development in your kids. 

What is a missional family? A missional family is one that builds strong bonds within the family and then mobilizes their family to reach out to others. Some engage in service projects, while others use hospitality, outreach activities, or serve together at church. That sense of mission is strategic and increases family unity and teaches children that they have a sense of mission.

Some children believe that their goal in life is to have fun. Being a missional family teaches them something bigger-something much more significant. It changes their lives. 

I worked in college campus ministry for more than 30 years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Our focus has always been on developing missional  communities to engage the campus with the gospel. Now as I serve with the National Center for Biblical Parenting, I've turned my attention to developing missional families.

One of the most important lessons I'm learning is that you don't have to be a perfect family to be a missional family. Our world and the families in it have experienced brokenness. Even when you only have one parent committed to Jesus you can have a missional family. 

Being a missional family is one example of what it means to build a strong Christian family today. As we all know, this is not an easy job. There are many challenges that can hinder us in this task. Over the next several weeks, I will be offering suggestions for overcoming some of the most serious challenges faced by families around the world today.

Last week, Scott introduced you to the 4/14 Family Challenge Movement. This is truly a global movement comprised of parents, churches, schools, and ministry organizations who are banding together to strengthen the family. In order to do this effectively, we must address these challenges faced by the family.

Next week I will offer some suggestions to the challenge of time and schedule.

What would you consider to be the greatest hindrance today that prevent families from being missional?

Please take a moment to give me your thoughts on this question.

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8 comments:

  1. Hi Ed, I liked reading your thoughts about being a missional family. I especially appreciated the comment that you don't have to be a perfect family. We can all start where we are and reach out to others. Good thoughts. Thanks for sharing them!
    Carrie

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    1. Thanks Carrie. That's an important point to emphasize. We can put people or ideas on a pedestal and folks look at is as unattainable. Every family can be a missional family!

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  2. I think the greatest hinderance today that keeps families from being missional is time. We live in a rushed world. Many parents think there just isn't enough time to do one more thing on their list of things to get done. Perhaps parents should toss that list of things to get done and take a solid look at the kids and family and change directions.

    Being a missional family is especially important for single parents. Being missional will help single parents focus on relationship building with their own kids as well as reaching out to others in the process. Even if a single parent only has their children every other week or weekend, being missional will draw them closer to their children while helping their children draw closer to the Lord.

    Thanks Ed for helping all families including single parent families think in terms of missional.

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    1. Thanks for reminding us of the needs of single parents. You have a wonderful ministry in that area, Linda. We really appreciate you! Focusing on loving relationships within the family and outside the family is important for everyone. That call cannot be sounded too loudly. I appreciate it.

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  3. The biggest hindrance to being a missional family is the illusion that it is optional.

    Emil Brunner famously stated, "The church exists by mission the way fire exists by burning."

    The family, as the smallest unit of the household of God, exists by mission. Kids who grow up in families that are the daily, all-of-life manifestation of the mission of God in the world will be spared the "option illusion" from which so many of us adults suffer.

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    1. That is such a profound observation Graham. We do often fall victim to the illusion that mission is optional. I really appreciate this addition to the discussion.

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  4. I think the biggest hindrance is not having a clear idea what this means. Most of us hear missions and think we need to go to Africa or devote a lot of time to it, so it's hard to come up with a way to be missional that we feel we can actually do in the time that we have.
    Also, it's hard to come up with ways we can do this as a whole family. When you have really young kids, the thought of trying to take them to a soup kitchen is overwhelming because you know you'll spend more time chasing them than being of any use.
    We do some missions at home as a family, making manna bags for homeless people we drive by and delivering meals to new moms, but it's hard to remember that this is a mission, it's just something we do. So I guess I need to be more intentional about talking about how God uses us to do his work in the world to make it more of a mission and have my kids recognize it as such.

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    1. You've raised an excellent point Bernadette. It is easy to become overwhelmed when the task seems impossible. I like what your family is already doing. You're doing small and manageable things. I think you do just need to talk about it more which will provide vision for your kids. We find that families often have a great time brainstorming together about how to reach out and meet needs. Kids often develop a passion to care for those who are hurting, sick or disabled. We need to find out what God is already doing in the lives of our chidren. I'll be talking more in the weeks ahead about the 90-Day Adventure that we're developing. One of the components involves finding a family mission. More to come on that! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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