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First Family Network
1140 Kingsley Ave
Orange Park, FL 32073

What Is Family Equipping Discipleship?

When we use the term "Family Equipping Discipleship" we are speaking of a concerted focus of ministry that moves beyond a simple programmatic model that separate age-groups for all events, teachings, and worship services. While we do see value in age-graded ministries, we understand the primary role of parents as lead disciple-makers in the home and the fact that, in accordance with the Scriptures, parents are to lead out in the area of disciple-making for the next generation. 

As a family equipping church, we are redeveloping our structure to cultivate a renewed culture wherein parents are acknowledged, trained, and held accountable as the primary faith-trainers in their children’s lives. Children whose parents are unbelievers are connected with mature believers in the types of relationships that Paul described in his letter to Titus (Titus 2:1-8). Every level of the congregation’s life is consciously re-cultured to “co-champion” the church’s ministry and the parent’s responsibility.

To envision our model in action, imagine a river with large stones jutting through the surface of the water. The river represents the Christian growth and development of children in the church. One riverbank signifies the church, and the other riverbank connotes the family. Both banks are necessary for the river to flow forward with focus and power. Unless both riverbanks support the child’s development, you are likely to end up with the destructive power of a deluge instead of the constructive possibilities of a river. The stones that guide and redirect the river currents represent milestones or rites of passage that mark the passing of key points of development that the church and families celebrate together. (Info from Brian Nelson and Timothy Paul Jones. More details on this model of ministry here.)

Conversation Starters for Parents of Teens

We are excited to offer these real life helps from Axis Media for parents of teenagers dealing with issues relating to culture and faith. We provide video conversation starters, info sheets for parents, weekly email options, and more on such topics as:

  • Suicide & Self-Harm

  • Depression

  • Vaping, Juuling & e-Cigarettes

  • Gender Identity & LGBT

  • Smartphones

  • Fortnite

  • Gaming

  • Bible Truths

  • Apologetics

  • Instagram

  • Snapchat

  • Musical.ly

  • Twitch

  • Netflix

  • Stranger Things

  • Christmas

  • Easter

  • Pornography

  • Sexting

  • Slang

  • And more

Not all resources are available online, but if you have a question about one of the topics listed (or another) please let us know at firstbaptist@opfirst.org and if we have the resources available, we will ensure you get them.

Family Worship in the Home

Family Worship Guide

Our FAMILY WORSHIP GUIDE is provided to give parents the tools needed for leading their children into faith as disciples of Jesus Christ. ​The booklet is available as a downloadable as a FREE PDF file here. If you would like a bound paperback copy, click here for purchase.

Rites of Passage Experiences

Our Rites of Passage Experiences (ROPE) are designed to help lead children through adolescence into adulthood. These age and grade-specific events are available for you here.