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Not What We Do; It’s Our DNA – 24/7 FAITH

The church is notorious for the development of never-ending programs.  In an effort to relate to culture, and to be on the cutting edge, we are in constant search of the newest, the latest, and the most attention-grabbing methods.  While that is to some extent necessary so that we can reach the current generation, we stand in danger of missing the most important method of ministry—inter-generational discipleship.

The Faith-at-Home movement is gaining great momentum as people and organizations like Mark Holmen, Randall House Publications, Blaine Rogers, Rob Reinow and the D6 Conference call us back home with our faith.  This isn’t a fad, a program or a new method coming down the pike.  Instead it is a realization that we have strayed from the foundational teaching of Deuteronomy 6:4-9.  It is applicable to all ages, all life phases and all circumstances, because everyone has a home and is a disciple (or needs to become one).  As I have written before, it isn’t rocket science.

But what does this mean for our ministry?  How should it look in our churches?

The answer to that is probably going to look a little different for every church, but there are certain principles that will be constant across the spectrum.

1.    Discipleship is primarily the responsibility of the home.
2.    The church is responsible for equipping parents to transfer their faith to their children.
3.    Everything that we do in programming in the church should contribute to driving an active faith into the home.
4.    Discipleship can basically be boiled down to three categories:  Individual, Generational, and Relational (More explanation of these is fodder for a future post)

The benefits if we return to this fundamental paradigm?

1.    Strengthened families and marriages
2.    Stronger churches (if families are spiritually stronger, the church will be as well)
3.    Focused ministry that is effective
4.    A filter for ministry/budgeting decisions
5.    Decreased exodus of young adults from the church

What does this look like for our church?  This year it was Hydrate, next year Engage.  The DNA of our ministry transforms into 24/7 FAITH.  This becomes who we are, not just what we do.

(More on the details of this will be given in future posts.  My intention is to post at least once each week on the topic of “Faith-at-Home.”  Check back for more.)

So…how has the faith of your parents (or lack of) impacted the disciple you are now?  How are you intentionally passing along your faith to the next generation?  Where are you in the process of being a 24/7 Disciple?

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2 Responses to “Not What We Do; It’s Our DNA – 24/7 FAITH”


  1. October 6, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Randy,

    Very thought provoking. Home is where God was first introduced. My grandparents and parents feared the Lord. Thus, the next generation. Great reminder of the need for the home to be the starting point!


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