This morning, upon the recommendation of a friend, I read Michael Lawrence’s review of Voddie Baucham’s book, Family Driven Faith. I have favorably cited Baucham’s book several times on this blog and I remain convinced that his book addresses a huge inconsistency in many evangelical churches today (i.e. the devaluing of families in the church through age-segregated ministry).
Lawrence, an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, agrees with Baucham that Christian parents should be the primary disciplers of their children. Though on the whole appreciative of Baucham’s book, Lawrence makes the important point that,
The family isn’t God’s evangelism plan for the world. The local church is (John 13:34-35; 2 Cor. 5:16-21). The family isn’t God’s discipleship program. The local church is (1 Cor. 12; Eph. 4:11-13). Families have a role to play, and it’s an incredibly important one. But the Scriptures will not allow us to reduce the church and its mission to a family driven program.
I urge you to read this review, especially if you are thinking through issues of student and family ministry in your local church. I am with Baucham in almost every way. However, I found this review helpful in providing some balance to Baucham’s approach to ministry. We must champion the family, but in the process we must not neglect to champion the local church for whom Christ died!
Read the review and let me know what you think. I am curious to hear your thoughts about how we might transform the current age-segregated student ministry model to more faithfully match the Bible. How can we champion the family without devaluing the family that all believers are grafted into (i.e. the church)?