Family Ministries call is to minister to the needs of today's families especially those facing the challenges of poverty. The poverty rate is rising at an alarming rate even in The United States. Poverty is being experienced in today's families by a lack of basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and medical care. But even greater is the pandemic poverty of spirit that so many families are facing as the systems of this world fail and they don't know where to turn. The rising social and emotional turmoil that occupies the day to day life of so many families regardless of socioeconomic status cries out for an answer.
When the poor hear the good news, are healed, set free, released from darkness . . . as Isaiah 61 proclaims, "they become oaks of righteousness, a planting for the Lord for the display of His splendor, they rebuild ancient ruins, and restore the places long devastated. They renew ruined cites, .... they are called priests of the Lord, ministers of God, They feed on the wealth of the nations, ... instead of shame they receive a double portion . . Everlasting joy will be theirs"
The transformational journey is to recover our true identity as human beings created in the image of God and to discover our true vocation as productive stewards faithfully caring for the world and all the people in it" (Steve Corbett)
The vision of Family Ministries is to create a comprehensive Family Life Center that provides services to address the unique challenges families are facing today. The vision includes a residential facility where families can live while receiving ministry to the whole person. Safe and affordable housing along with a complex program of social services is offered to families according to their needs. All of the services offered at The Family Life Center will be available to all families in the surrounding communities as well. The basis for the model is that poverty is rooted in the spirit of the person. Therefore there must be transformation of the person through the power of the Holy Spirit before there can be a change in their circumstances that will truly be sustainable.
"To work for human transformation as a Christian means working for the redemption of people, their social systems and the environment that sustains life- a whole gospel for all of life" (Bryant Myers, "Walking with the Poor")