Dale Hudson posted an article comparing the typical family in the 50s to the typical family today. He ended the article by asking if you are prepared to minister to today’s families.
That’s a good question. We should be prepared, we should be ready to minister to these families. But I think there is a better question:
Are you prepared to minister to the families in your church & community?
Like I said, it’s great to know the national stats on families, but that doesn’t always relate to the statistics in your church or in your community. For example, Dale’s article mentions that out of 100 children only 22 live with married parents. In our church’s area, 86 of those children would be in two-parent homes.
This past weekend I listened to my friend Sam Luce share some thoughts on discipleship; how we tend to look for a simple drag and drop formula so that we can check it off our list and move on to the next thing. He went on to say that discipleship is more like a recipe than a formula. It’s something that is a little different in each church and something that gets tweaked overtime.
National stats can help you see how your ‘flavor’ differs – they can even speak to things that your families may be struggling with…but it’s vital that you look locally in order to get the recipe correct.