We’ve changed the semantics (from children’s or youth pastor to that of family pastor) but have made few changes when it comes to the way we do ministry.
What would it look like for a church to start this from the ground up? What would it take for a church who already has established silos to level them and begin again without throwing out the baby with the bathwater? Is it even possible? Is it possible for a church who thinks they cannot afford to hire various staff to operate using one
position (possibly even volunteer) to oversee a ministry for babies through young adulthood?
Staff infections begin to occur. In ministry we tend to be pretty territorial. We compete for funding, manpower, and other resources. How is it possible for us to come together and realize that for the good of the family we’ve got to do away with this mentality?
When a church has hired one person to lead the children and yet another to lead the youth, etc. the buck generally stops with that person. If these people are not of like mind or feel threatened by the possibility of losing their influence (because one of the staff sees the importance of family ministry), panic begins to set in. When considering the hierarchy of leadership, this could potentially become a real problem. As everyone is left jockeying for position, we are left with the silos we’ve erected.
How is FamMin in your church any different from CM & YM? I mean, what's it look like from a staffing position and how does this affect the way your church does ministry?