Hooks that Hold

At times, it can be difficult to begin something new. It can be particularly difficult if you don’t have any direction. This is why organizations create mission statements and establish core values. Understanding your mission and core values helps immensely when answering questions like: Who are we? What are we trying to accomplish?  What do we value? How will we evaluate what we are doing? When will we know if we’re off track?

I’m grateful that though we are in the developmental stages of creating a robust Family Ministry for Trinity, we do understand our mission and have core values that guide us.

Mission:

Trinity Family Ministry exists to equip, encourage, and support families in raising up generations of passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.

Family Ministry Core Values:

Word of God: The Bible is our authority for all of life and will be central in our family ministry. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Gospel-Centered: Jesus and the cross must have first place in everything, including family life and all aspects of church ministry. (Col 1:18)

Family Discipleship: God has called parents to be the primary faith influencers of their children. Biblically, the primary role of leading the home rests on the father. Where there is no male spiritual leadership, the mother should assume this role. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 78; Ephesians 6:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12; Malachi 2:15; 4:6) God has called the church to equip parents to lead their families spiritually. (Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 2:42-47)

Compassion: The Church must have a compassionate heart and an intentional plan to minister to the children without parents or lack a Christian influence at home. (James 1:27)

Mission: What God has given to us through salvation, we are to proclaim to all people, seeking to bring them into the family of God. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20

Intergenerational: When God’s Kingdom is present, generations are brought together, not separated. We will seek to create opportunities where the various generations can interact and serve together.

Intentional – We strive to be good stewards of our resources
and time we have with families through planning that is consistent with our mission and core values.

Consistency: We are striving to develop one strategic, intentional plan that is cohesive from birth through graduation.

Excellence: We will seek to glorify God by being excellent in everything that we do. (Colossians 4:2-6, 1 Corinthians 10:31)

Engaging: We believe that the Christian life is one of joy and that our God is a creative God; therefore, we will seek to reflect His character by engaging the heart in creative and compelling ways.

Safety—we provide a safe and secure environment for families
as we carry out the goals of the ministry.
Our Mission helps us understand our identity and goals. Our core values serve as the “hooks” on which our mission hangs. This is the main reason why churches have doctrines. For instance, you can say that we exist to glorify God (which is true), but who is this God and how do we glorify Him? Doctrine defines these things for us. Likewise, core values help define, guide, and evaluate our ministry as we implement our mission and vision.

You may be thinking that mission statements and core values are good for a business or a church, but what about your family? Shouldn’t a family have goals? What are you trying to accomplish with your family? How will you do it? Do your children know? How do you evaluate how you are doing as a family? How do you know if you’re off track?

I would encourage you to sit down and think about the core values for your family. Involve your children and use it as a teachable moment. It will streamline your life and help you make decisions. It will also help your children make decisions as they get older. When we don’t have a focus, we find ourselves trying to do everything. God hasn’t called us to do everything, but only
certain things. Not just good things, but the best things.

What will those things be for your family? Make sure your family values are hanging on hooks that hold. Not only for
this life, but the life to come as well.