We have come full circle over the last 20-some years from being involved integrally in the start-up of two seeker-friendly/sensitive churches (involved doesn’t begin to describe our immersion in this) to the place we are now: part of a Family-Integrated Church, which is elder-led, family-building, Homeschooling and large-family encouraging, missions-supporting, and disciple-making–Cornerstone Church–which we have called home for the last 7 years. One of the tools God used in our lives to bring us to this place was a set of messages from an NCFIC (the National Center for Family Integrated Churches) Conference (messages in a set called “Uniting Church and Home”, which we purchased through Vision Forum). These CDs bolstered my husband’s confidence and helped him take a firm stand as the spiritual leader of our home and family, and strengthened his resolve to guard, protect and unite us upon the Word of God, while obeying the Biblical command to go into the world and make disciples.
Because of our experience and the benefit that we have received from the NCFIC, I am excited (excited? no, thrilled is a better word) to tell you about an unprecedented opportunity that is coming your way, literally! An opportunity for you and your church to get a new vision for your family and church: to strengthen your marriages and unify your families within the context of church! NCFIC is hitting the road and will be traveling across the U.S. bringing a message that, I hope, gets you as excited as it does me! Quoting from the NCFIC website:
“We will address how obedience to God’s commands regarding family life blesses the church, how obedience in our marriages models the love of God for the church, how obedience in discipling our children preserves the rising generation of the church, and how obedience in brotherly love, hospitality, and evangelism creates a church body life that builds up, strengthens, and grows a true Church. We will exposit the Biblical directives for leadership, discipleship and preaching in the church. We will show the difference between law and grace and how they work in harmony for the building up of the church. In summary, we will cast a vision for a unified life of reformation in the Church and the family. Our goal is to leave behind a rising sense of the glory and beauty of church and her importance in God’s plan of redemption.”
So, here’s what to do:
- Go to this link (NCFIC)
- Find a location near you
- Invite key leaders in your church and/or community to go with you
- Attend a presentation
Then, go home and tell everyone you know what you heard, and pray about, and act on, what you hear. I guarantee you will not be the same, and neither will your church!
*“The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches seeks to encourage unity between church and home through family-integrated worship and promoting the role of fathers in the life of the church and home. Special emphasis is placed on the sufficiency of Scripture for faith and practice.” (from the Vision Forum website)