“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
The role of leadership that you have been called to as a pastor is of significant importance in the kingdom. Much like every other age of the church, the role of pastoring in the 21st century presents many unique challenges. The one which we address may seem marginal when compared to the great foundational doctrines of the faith. However, it is hard to calculate the importance of the design for discipleship. It is obvious that it is very important to know and implement the methodology God intended us to use to communicate the great foundational doctrines of the faith to the next generation in our churches. Whether you are here searching for biblical answers or are actually troubled by "family integrated church" conversations in your church, we want to help you.
At the NCFIC we believe that God has laid out in patterns, precepts, and principals all throughout scripture a beautiful program for the effective discipleship of the whole congregation including children. However, these are significantly different from the approach of the modern church. In the following resources you will find biblical solutions to the problems that exist in modern churches in the area of family discipleship. Our earnest desire is that the resources on this website would effectively and faithfully communicate what the scripture says about building churches which reflect the beautiful design for discipleship that Christ has established.
The Mission of the NCFIC:
1. Proclaim the sufficiency of scripture for church and family life
2. Promote the centrality of the church in God’s plan for families
3. Recover the biblical doctrines of manhood and womanhood in church and family life
4. Explain the complementary roles of church and family
5. Facilitate church planting and relationship building
6. Communicate the biblical doctrines of the church and family
7. Restore the biblical pattern of age integrated worship, discipleship and evangelism
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.