Parents

The Story of the Family

God's heart beats for the family.

In fact, the family is the very first institution God created (Gen. 2).  While the family was created to love and serve God (and each other) fully, we know from experience that something happened that has crippled each family member. 

Sin Breaks the Family.

Sin makes parents say things that scar their children.  Sin causes children to rebel and inflict harm on themselves.  Everything bad that happens in the home is the result of sin infecting the heart of each and every individual. 

Christ redeems the family.

As you come to trust in Christ, every aspect of your life comes under His Lordship.  This includes your parenting.  Christ's way is better than sin's way.  As you trust Christ with your parenting, you will find that He is able to overcome the effects of sin in your home and bless you, your spouse, and your children. 

Partners in the Gospel

Role of the parent

Christ's call to parents is a call to discipleship. In Deuteronomy, God calls parents to make the home a place that is saturated with the Word of God (Deut. 6:4-9). The Apostle Paul encourages parents to "bring [children] up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4).

Not only has God appointed you for this calling, He has also strategically positioned you for it.

Role of the Church

Christ's call to the church is to partner with & equip parents for discipleship. Paul says that God has appointed pastors and teachers in the church "to equip the saints for the work of the ministry" (Eph. 4:12).

God has provided parents with church leaders to support them in their role as their child's primary disciple-makers; not to undermine it.  As such, Broadway Baptist Church is committed to family-equipping ministry.  You will find that our pastors want to help you disciple your children and help your families be as healthy as they can be.

BBC Family Ministry Strategy

The BBC Family Ministry Strategy is built around a child's growth and maturation. Their discipleship path from Nursery to Kid's Ministry to Student Ministry is marked by the following 6 Milestones:

Milestone1

Dedication

Description

Your child's discipleship path begins with dedicating them to the Lord before the body of Christ. At the baby dedication service, the whole church celebrates your commitment as a parent to train your child in the fear and admonition of the Lord. The church also commits to loving, encouraging, supporting, and equipping you for your task as your child's primary disciple-maker.

At milestone markers, parents receive a care package of resources for them and the child's grandparents, including an at-home curriculum of books, apps, and movies to help teach children biblical truth.

Goals

Before the next milestone, kids and parents will develop a regular practice of church involvement.

Milestone 2

Foundation

Description

The next milestone in your child's discipleship path is their entrance into the Kid's Ministry.  We celebrate this milestone at the beginning of their Kindergarten year during the Promotion Sunday service.

Goals

Before the next milestone, kids will learn the younger Kids Catechism.
Before the next milestone, parents will be equipped and engaged in regular family worship or devotionals.

Milestone 3

Purity

Description

The next milestone in your child's discipleship path is their entrance into the 5th grade. The 5th and 6th grade class is a transition class focused on merging kids from the Kid's Ministry into the Student ministry. This milestone focuses on purity. Parents will receive resources and training to help them teach their kids the necessity and practice of purity. We celebrate this milestone at the Promotion Sunday service.

Goals

Before the next milestone, kids will learn the older Catechism.
Before the next milestone, parents will be equipped and engaged in discussions with their kids about biblical purity and holiness.

Milestone 4

Discipline

Description

The next milestone in your child's discipleship path is their entrance into the Student Ministry. We celebrate this milestone at the Promotion Sunday service.

Goals

Before the next milestone, students will develop the practice of personal spiritual disciplines.
Before the next milestone, parents will be equipped to encourage their student's practice of the spiritual disciplines.

Milestone 5

Passage

Description

The next milestone in your student's discipleship path is their Rite of Passage into manhood/womanhood. We celebrate this milestone at the Promotion Sunday service. 

Goals

Before the next milestone, students will learn the distinct roles of men and women in the home and in the church, and will participate in service opportunities.
Before the next milestone, parents will be equipped to encourage their student's in their identity as young men and women.

Milestone 6

Graduation

Description

The final milestone in your student's discipleship path is their graduation. We celebrate this milestone at the Graduate Recognition service.

Goals

After this milestone, students will pursue greater depth of understanding in Scripture and theology, and will participate in life of the local church.
After this milestone, parents will guide their students on the path of independence and increased conformity to Christ.

Family Worship

What is Family Worship?

Family worship is a time of worshiping the One True & Living God as a family.  Setting aside to worship the Lord each day is a step of obedience that the Lord will honor and bless.  Family worship times can be brief, but should include no less than a time of (1) prayer and (2) Bible reading/teaching.  However, it is encouraged that families will go a step further and (3) sing praise songs together.

"They that pray in the family do well; they that pray and read the Scriptures do better; but they that pray, and read, and sing do best of all."
- Charles Spurgeon, The Happy Duty of Daily Praise

How to structure Family Worship

The puritan, Richard Baxter (1615 -1691) prescribed an outline for family worship as follows:

Daily Devotion (Monday-Saturday)
  • Morning & evening Scripture reading
  • Rehearse catechisms
  • Sing praise songs together
  • Pray together

The Lord's Day (Sunday)
  • Rehearse the pastor's sermon
  • Pray together

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Resources

At-Home Curricula

We have put together a children's curriculum for your home based on the milestones they have achieved. Books, apps, and videos are recommended that will help you instruct your children in the knowledge of God, His Word, and His work in the world! Download this curriculum below:

Accountability

While there is no hard and fast rule for when to provide your child with a cellphone or how long one should be allowed to use technological devices, parents should provide clear guidelines & restrictions to protect them from addictive patterns, over-stimulation, and exposure to explicit material. Check out these parent-child contracts.

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"Every family ought to be, as it were, a little church."

- Jonathan Edwards