“Churches committed to ‘church growth’ are often tempted to ignore family ministry. It seems easier to minister to rootless individuals as individuals and to push the children aside as distractions. But that mentality is short-sighted in my view. Besides neglecting important biblical priorities, it loses one substantial opportunity for church growth. Many families today are hungry for counsel. Having bought into the dominant modern thinking, and having seen its failure, they are looking for something better. They watch with broken hearts as their children are eaten alive spiritually by the public schools, the media, the peer-pressure. To these the message of Christ can come as the best news imaginable. Churches that minister effectively to families and children often experience substantial growth as more and more families seek their help.” (John Frame)
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