It is Interesting that God Calls the Church a Family
Notice that Children’s and Youth Ministry are found on our Family Ministry Page. That’s because we believe that parents are the primary spiritual trainers of their kids. We boldly disciple children and youth and support parents in their families.
Hi, I’m Scott. I have a passion to help parents pass the faith on to their kids and to be a part of a church that takes that mission seriously. I’ve dedicated my life to be a pastor and I also have written books on parenting. Calvary Chapel Living Hope brings those two passions together in a powerful way as I continually look for ways to help children serve Jesus and mobilize their parents to be spiritual leaders at home.
Matthew 28:19-20 is known as the Great Commission to make disciples. We believe that making disciples is more than just helping individuals become more like Christ. We also believe that we
We want Calvary to be a place where your family is strengthened. We look for ways to build strong marriages and to equip parents in their God-given role as trainers for their kids. No matter where you are in your life stage, we want you to be equipped to Take Jesus Home.have a calling to disciple people in their roles and relationships as well. That means that you will see an intentional effort at Calvary to disciple people as children, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, wives, husbands, and grandparents.
Wherever you are in your family life, we welcome you to join our family at Calvary.
Here are some examples of ways we do family ministry at Calvary Chapel Living Hope. We like to have children in our worship service, learning how to worship the Lord. Sometimes that means pausing to explain something that’s happening or to capture a teachable moment as Pastor Scott was captured here doing with this child who came to sit next to him in worship. Other times, we’re simply modeling what worship is, and, as children see it, they catch it. We encourage parents and young people to serve the Lord together. In the photo on the left, Dan and his 15-year-old daughter Kylie helped lead worship on Christmas Eve together.
We recently conducted a small group for parents and teens to come together as brothers and sisters in Christ. We encouraged parents to leave the authority relationship at the door for this evening to interact about family matters recognizing that God speaks and works through all, despite their age.
Each week Pastor Scott brings the children up to bless them before sending them to their own discipleship program while he teaches the adults. The sermon has application for young people as well as adults, to further embrace youth as members of the body of Christ now, not just when they get older.
In particular, we are convinced of these biblical truths.
• Parents are the primary spiritual trainers of their kids and, in the end, are the greatest factor that contributes to a child’s success is his personal faith. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Ephesians 6:4)
• The church has a discipleship mandate that means discipling all ages and more than just as individuals, but also in their family relationships. We believe it’s important to disciple families, not just individuals. (Matthew 28:19-20)
• Children and youth are a gift from the Lord and can serve, grow, and be Christians now, not just when they get older. (Psalm 127:3)
• The church is designed to be the family of God and therefore must look for ways to be a family for all who enter its doors. (Galatians 6:10)
If you agree… Please join with us in this exciting mission to reach families for Jesus Christ and to disciple them for the Kingdom.