Balancing Family & Ministry

teeter totterAs life becomes busier and busier we tend to look for things to “cut” and unfortunately sometimes what ends up getting “cut” is, in reality, what we so desperately need. How does a family balance the demands of serving in a local church and time spent together as a family?

  1. Make Ministry a Family Affair
    When possible, serve as a family. What a blessing it is to see little boys helping dad pass out bulletins before church or daughters helping out in the nursery! The family that serves together is building lasting memories in their children of the absolute importance of serving within the local church. Have you ever considered participating in a ministry where your whole family could serve?
  2. Know and Plan for the Seasons of Busyness
    We should always be involved in ministry, but there are those “seasons” of “more-ministry-than-normal.” Revival meetings, Summer Adventure Club, Missions Conference and many other ministry wide events take time and effort. Prepare mentally and schedule for these busy times! Yes, it’s important to be there, but plan a family brunch the Saturday following Revival meetings. Plan a family hike or go out for pizza the day after Summer Adventure Club. Spend time together as a family recounting all that God taught you during the season of ministry.
  3. Renew Your Commitment
    Regularly renew your commitment both to your family and to your ministry. It is so easy to lose our balance and favor one above another. Constantly seek that perfect alignment of having both in their proper place.

Family and ministry are not the enemies of one another. Rather, they complement each other well when in their rightful place. The way God designed it to be.

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