Covenant Baptist Church

Why "Family-Integrated?"

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He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name.
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"'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.'   Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house...And immediately he and all his family were baptized" Acts 16:31-33 (NKJV).
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Are you tired of running the “rat race” of modern life? Do you sometimes feel church is just another part of this race—more time away from home, more work to be done, more time separated from your own family? We here at Covenant used to feel this way too, until we found a better way.

The family is the first and greatest institution God created.  It was established long before any other human institution, and is the divinely ordained building block of the society and the church.  So, why do we as the church so often segregate and divide families when we come to church?  Why do we use the most effective tool of the enemy in the world to destroy families—the fragmentation of the family—and think the result in church will somehow be different?  The statistics show the result is the same.  Current data indicates that nearly 80% of children who attend church, but are seldom with their own family at church, will leave the church at age 18 and many will abandon the faith all together.

After searching the Scriptures, we decided that the answer was not a more entertaining or exciting children’s or youth program.  We’ve come to believe the answer is to help restore the family unit through true family discipleship.  When the family learns the gospel together and each member learns how to grow and mature in Christ—while embracing their role in the family—the family, the church, and the society will prosper because God is truly worshipped, glorified, and exalted as He intended.

We believe the greatest need for fathers is to learn and embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, and then teach and lead their families to do the same (Ephesians 5:23).  This is why we’ve tried to create a church environment that embraces this fundamental, biblical truth so families can “grow up in all things into Him” (Ephesians 4:15).  But this doesn’t mean that those without children are not welcome here.  We believe a church is a family of believers—young, old, single, married, with children, without children, orphaned, elderly, widowed, etc.  Regardless of your family situation, followers of Christ are to come together in unity and love and build each other in the faith “once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).

At Covenant, we believe the best environment for this kind of growth and edification in the Lord is in a family-integrated church—a  church in which adults learn the gospel, learn to follow Christ, and learn how to make disciples, beginning with their own children.  In this way, we are much more equipped to follow Christ and His word, much more equipped to be salt and light in the world, and much more equipped to carry out the Great Commission.  If this appeals to you, we invite you to come and worship with us and learn more about what God is doing among us as we seek to follow Him!

For Christ, for the Gospel, for the Family,

 

Pastor Todd

P.S. You can read more about the awakening among God's people and His churches regarding family worship and family-integrated church by visiting the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC).  You will especially want to read their declaration for uniting church and family, which we embrace.

For Christ, for the Gospel, for the Family...

"When the family learns the gospel together and each member learns how to grow and mature in Christ—while embracing their role in the family—the family, the church, and the society will prosper because God is truly worshipped, glorified, and exalted as He intended."

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