“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
Scripture makes it clear that parents are primarily responsible for the discipleship of their children. At the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, one of our missions is to communicate God’s beautiful design for discipleship in the home and in the church. In the following resources you will find biblical solutions to the problems that exist in modern church and family discipleship.
Yet, I would like to offer a word of caution, In responding to concerns about their local churches' age segregated youth and adult programs, some parents may over react and become disconnected or even divisive in their local churches. They may even abandon the local church all together. These ungodly responses only add more sin and confusion. The Church is the bride and the body of Christ. This means that faithfulness and involvement in a local church is an integral part of walking with Christ. This is why one aspect of our mission at the NCFIC is to use scripture to show God's wonderful design for building harmony between churches and families, not dislocation.
Our prayer is that the resources you find here will point you to scripture to discover a rich and fruitful pattern of church and family life that is defined by love, faithfulness, obedience, and unity. After many decades of innovation and creativity in our church programs, it is time to return to scripture and fulfill God’s design for discipleship.
A Letter from Scott Brown President of the NCFIC
Dear brothers and sisters,
I will never forget the days when I was going through a season of evaluation and soul searching regarding problems I saw in the modern children/youth ministry programs. I was attending a good church. I loved that church and my friends in leadership with me, and yet I was conflicted because the more I looked the more it seemed that something needed to drastically change in the way we were discipling our children and families. I was so relieved to find that I was not left alone to conjure up yet another program to fix things, but that God had actually given us clear patterns and commands in the Bible for how to best reach our children. The departure that we ended up making from that church, with the blessing of our pastor, opened the door to further application of the principles I felt needed to be recovered. If you are experiencing a similar struggle that I went through, looking for answers, I want to encourage you not to lose heart, but to delight yourself in the Lord and to remember that God promises to give wisdom to those who ask in faith.