Why family ministry?

Check out this podcast from Tony Kummer with Sojourn East member, Dr. Timothy Paul Jones:

Will new interest in family discipleship somehow distract churches from doing kids ministry? Does embracing family ministry require your church to add new programs?

These are common concerns for many church leaders.  This podcast explores those issues with Dr. Timothy Paul Jones. He is a teacher and writer who has studied these topics in depth. You can learn more about him from his biography page at Southern Seminary.

Directions: To listen to this audio recording, simply click the play button below or download the MP3 audio file.

In the podcast, we mentioned the Family Ministry blog at Southern Seminary and the new Family Ministry Field Guide. If you’d like to leave a comment, simply click here.

Sign up for the Student Baptism Class on Sunday, April 10th!

Are you a student?  Do you have questions about the gospel, salvation, baptism, and assurance?  Bring your mom and dad, and come to the Student Baptism class.  We’ll meet and talk about your questions.  The first session covers issues related to Jesus and salvation.  The second session covers issues related to baptism and assurance.

Next Class: The next class is Sunday, April 10th, 2011 at 5pm at at the Midtown and J-town campuses.  The class with be at 9:00 AM on Sunday, April 10th at the East Campus. Sign Up!

Download Sojourn’s Process and notes for the Student Baptism Class here.

Last Sunday: Prayerful Worshipers

This week in SojournKids, we studied the story of Jesus cleansing the temple from Matthew 6:5-15, and we learned that:

  • We worship when we respond to God’s grace with praise and prayer.
  • Jesus taught his disciples how to pray.
  • We can pray like Jesus prayed.

If you didn’t get a chance to grab the SojournKids “at home” sheet, you can download it here.

Thursday Book Club: What is the Church?

Today’s Thursday Book Club involves a bit of self-promotion.

What is the Church? is Sojourn’s second children’s book, written by Mandy Groce and Bill Bell.   What Is The Church? was written to teach preschool children that the church is not a building. It is a people that God has called together and made alive by faith.  The book teaches the five Christian identities which every believer should embody.  This is the concept behind the second part of our current Faith-Mapping sermon series.  And you can see it explained simply in this Sojourn Vision video from last year:

Church 101 from Sojourn Community Church on Vimeo.

I’m highlighting the book now, because this is a great way to teach the concepts you’re learning in Sunday Gatherings to your kids when you are at home.  Get the book.  Pick up a copy at the book table on Sunday or purchase it online here. Then, talk to your kids over the next few weeks about how you’re learning to be a worshiper, family member, servant, learner, and missionary.

Last Sunday: Responsive Worshipers

This week in SojournKids, we studied the story of Jesus cleansing the temple from John 2:13-25, and we learned that:

  • We worship when we respond to God’s grace with praise and prayer.
  • Jesus calls people to worship God alone.
  • Jesus made the way for us to worship God.

If you didn’t get a chance to grab the SojournKids “at home” sheet, you can download it here.