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¿Qué es ser familia?

Margery Williams (1983) en su libro infantil The Velveteen Rabbit, define poderosamente lo que significa "real" en una forma tal que se aplica a lo que convierte a la familia en algo autèntico. En la historia, un viejo cabello de juguete le està explicando algunas cosas a un conejito de peluche que llegó en un paquete debajo del árbol de navidad. Están tirados en el piso del cuarto de juegos. El conejo le pregunta al cabello sabio. ¿Qué es real?  ¿Para ser uno real tiene que tener cosas dentro de uno que suenen cuando lo aprietan y una cosa que le salga colgando del cuerpo?  Entonces el caballo le explicä:

"Lo real no es como está hecho uno. Cuando un chico te ama por mucho, mucho tiempo, no solo para jugar contigo, sino porque realmente te ama, entonces tu te vuelves real. No pasa de un momento para otro. Poco a poco tu te vuelves real. Generalmente, cuando llegas a ser real, ya se te ha caído casi todo el pelo, tus ojos se te han salido y tus coyunturas se han quebrado y eres muy flácido. Pero estas cosas no importan, porque cuando eres real, ya no puedes ser feo, salvo para la gente que no entiende."

El caballo explica lo que es la familia. No es como està hecho uno, ni qué propiedades tiené; sino cómo nos amamos unos a otros a través de los años, sin importar lo que la vida nos ponga por delante. (Garland, Comprehensive Guide, Loc. 1630, Kindle Edition)

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Statistics

Church Involvement

  • Many churches across the United States consider a regular attendee someone who goes to church once a month. Michael Anthony; Michelle Anthony; Ken Canfield A Theology for Family Ministry, Logos.

Children

  • Approximately three out of every ten children in the United States are being raised in single-parent homes. Timothy Paul Jones, Perspectives On Family Ministry, 85, Kindle Edition
  • In 2006, around 35 percent of all births were to women who were separated, widowed, divorced, or never married. Timothy Paul Jones, Perspectives On Family Ministry, 85, Kindle Edition
  • Presently, 28 percent of elementary and high school students live in single-parent circumstances. Timothy Paul Jones, Perspectives On Family Ministry, 116, Kindle Edition

Divorce

  • One out of five homes crashes on the rocks of divorce. Garland, Comprehensive Guide, 1526

Faith

  • Researchers are finding that many children raised in Christian homes are walking away from their faith as early as middle school and in even larger numbers after they finish high school. Michael Anthony; Michelle Anthony; Ken Canfield A Theology for Family Ministry, Logos.

Families

  • Furthermore, more than ninety million American adults are unmarried. Timothy Paul Jones, Perspectives On Family Ministry, 85, Kindle Edition

History

  • Herman Horne reported in 1909, “Family worship is almost an extinct custom (1)
  • In a 1915 survey of congregational churches, 54.9 percent of church leaders reported “worship and religious training in the home” as “Poor” or “Hopeless” among their congregants (2)

Parenting

  • Studies have shown that moral and faith development are shaped in the early years of childhood (3)
  • Studies have shown that moral and faith development are shaped in the early years of childhood. Some research shows that the moral compass of a child’s life is determined as early as age seven3 and that what one believes about God and eternity at the age of 13, he or she will most likely die believing (4)

Stress

Stressors Reported by Families

  • "parent-child conflict" (33%),
  • "a number of unsolved problems" (32%),
  • "conflict in another family relationship" (30%),
  • "disagreement about friends or activities" (27%)
  • "lots of marital conflict" (21%).


Teenagers in the family

  • More than 40% of families with teenagers have dinner together less than five times a week. Garland, Loc 3357
  • Teens in families where dinners are infrequent and who report people using electronic equipment while they eat (cell phones, game technology) are far more likely to use tobacco, marijuana and alcohol as teens in families who eat together five or more times a week without electronics at the table (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 2009).
  • 9 out of 10 youth drop out of church after High School. (Spurious statistics that show the dissatisfaction with youth ministry in the 80´s and 90´s https://www.sbts.edu/family/2014/09/11/what-are-the-3-models-of-family-ministry/

 

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(1) Michael Anthony; Michelle Anthony; Ken Canfield A Theology for Family Ministry, Logos.

(2) Ibid.

(3) Ibid

(4) ibid

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God’s Love and the Family

When both Old and New Testament writers wanted to describe the love of God for people, they often used family images....

•God as nursing, nurturing mother (Is 49:15; 66:12-13; Hos 11:1-4)

•God as father (Ex 4:22-23; Jer 31:9)

•King as God's son/adoptive son (2 Sam 7:14; Ps 2:7)

•Believers as children/adopted children of God (Mt 5:9; Rom 8:14-16; Gal 4:1-7)

•God as faithful husband (Hos 1-4)

•Christ as "firstborn among many brethren" (Rom 8:29 KJv)

Diana Garland, Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide, Loc, 1170, Kindle

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Resources

Back to School (Regreso a la escuela)

Forty Days With The Family

The Parents Hub (Bilingual)

Family Ministry Today

Ministry Architects- Family Based Ministry

Books

D2: Becoming a Devoted Foloower of Christ, Phil McKinney II, Leafwood Publishers, Abilene, TX, 2019