Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Indiana Conference Seventh-day Adventist Church


Family Life

The most effective catalyst for growth and healing in spiritual matters is the family. In the context of the home we are prepared to live for Jesus on earth and in heaven. When the family is healthy it gives a beautiful fragrance to the gospel. When it is dysfunctional it robs the church of energy, warmth, and light. No other ministry has the same natural ability or frequency to invite the world to "taste and see that the Lord is good," Ps.34:8. When the gospel works at home it will work everywhere else, including the church.

At the heart of family ministries is the concept that we should first model, and then explain the goodness of God, rather than attempting to convince. When people see the difference that Jesus makes, their interest will be aroused. Knowing this, Satan attempts to rob the witness of our homes. When this happens in a sufficient number of places it negatively affects the larger family that we call "church.

Considering these things, the goal of the Family Life Department is to infuse the practical beauty of Jesus into the ordinary routines of lives. The teachings of the Bible are to be the framework for developing the culture of our homes in the 21st century. Statistics and experts are helpful when they illuminate the teaching of the scriptures, however, we cannot wait for a social scientist to confirm what God says is true. We must walk in the Word and live by faith.

To implement this vision of healthy homes and healthy churches, the Family Life Department offers a variety of services and ministries. Its scope ranges from a lending library that keeps an up-to-date offering of books and DVD's, to seminars, bulletin inserts, and resource referral.

One well-ordered, well-disciplined family tells more in behalf of Christianity than all the sermons that can be preached. Such a family gives evidence that the parents have been successful in following God's directions, and that their children will serve Him in the church. Their influence grows; for as they impart, they receive to impart again. The father and mother find helpers in their children, who give to others the instruction received in the home. The neighborhood in which they live is helped, for in it they have become enriched for time and for eternity. The whole family is engaged in the service of the Master; and by their godly example, others are inspired to be faithful and true to God in dealing with His flock, His beautiful flock. {AH 32.1}