It takes a whole church to raise a child

It's true.  We need our church family to help raise our own family.  Ed Moll and Tim Chester give some great ideas of what this might involve from their book, Gospel-Centred Family:

  • Include the people from the church family in your family time
  • Involve your children in your hospitality
  • You need the wider church family for advice, encouragement, and challenge
  • You need people to look after your kids while you go on a date
  • You need to provide support to other families in your church family
  • If you have the space, have someone live with you and be part of your family
  • Involve your children in the life of your church, accompanying you in ministry
  • Encourage your children to build relationships with adult believers