CM TeleSummit – Why Family Ministry Is Not an Option – Rob Rienow

cmtelesummit Here is my next installment of notes from the CMTelesummit.

  • Talk from D6 conference
  • VisionaryParenting.com
  • Rainer – What percentage of people who say they’re Christian and can explain the basics of the gospel? 
    • Before 1946: 65%
    • Between 1946-1964: 35%
    • Between 1965-1976 15%
    • Between 1976-1994: 4%
  • Evangelism and discipleship in crisis, and it’s a generational crisis
  • Not a crisis of the church, but a crisis of the home
  • Up until 1900, no confusion in church about who’s job it was to pass faith on to kids
  • Starting in late 1890’s new experiment – age segregated, church building based evangelism and discipleship to kids
    • Failed experiment
    • New in context of Christian history
    • Since 1900, no generation with more faith than their parents
  • Conclusions
    • Key work we have to do is theological
    • Three theological foundations
      • The biblical purpose of parenting and grand-parenting is to impress the hearts of children with a love for God.
        • Authentic real community happens in families
        • God’s discipleships groups – called families
      • The biblical purpose of parenting and grand-parenting is to impress the hearts of children with a love for God.
      • God has designed the family as an essential engine of world evangelization through the power of multi-generational faithfulness
        • Families continue to raise up multi-generational followers of God
    • Taught up to 1900’s as Theology of Families
  • If can’t prove it theologically, then it’s just another new idea
  • Next section of talk is biblical support for three theological foundations.  For more info and support, see http://visionaryparenting.com/documents/the%20family%20and%20gods%20plan%20for%20the%20world.doc

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