Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse." -Malachi 4:5-6
Here at Chosen Stones Ministries we believe we are right smack in the middle of this prophecy in Malachi. God has given us a mandate to rise up in the spirit of Elijah to see the hearts of families turn toward each other and to God once again.
In a world of church culture that has so many broken families, our churches have become broken; broken families produce broken churches. This state of the church has not gone unnoticed in the last five or so years and many pastors and leaders have tried to come up with solutions to pick back up the pieces of the church and put her back together again. But in some regards we have tried to do it backwards. We have addressed the church corporately, trying to heal and restore ourselves from the outside rather than addressing the root of the issues lying within the people, the families that are the church. Just as much as healing and restoration in individuals must start from the inside out, the healing of our church must start the same way. At the core of every church is the family. The family was the first entity God created (way before the church herself), the one He chooses to multiply His kingdom through, and the one who Satan himself is after.
Families are on the front lines of the battle between the kingdom of darkness and kingdom of light. Whether it is the homosexual and transgender agenda of today, abortion, bathroom gender wards, common core propaganda, pornography, and drug abuse…the families of God are in a crises. Parents are weary and exhausted and our looking to the church to help lift their arms is this spiritual war, but when they look at the church all they see is the separation of families. When 99% of the time parents go one way and kids go the other at church and home we have lost the family altar. No wonder 75% of kids who have been raised in church leave the church by the time they are 18 never to return; they is no Godly inheritance being passed down.
We believe the paradigm of presence-driven family ministry we divinely “fell” into for the last 7 years, is a significant answer to the broken families of our church. It is a ministry driven on bringing the families of God together to be transformed by the meat of God’s word and the presence of the Holy Spirit through what we call Presence-Driven Family Gatherings (we recommend holding these services monthly). These are gatherings or services not meant to replace your children’s ministry or certainly not adult ministry. They are meant to be their own separate arm of church ministry where the focus is completely centered on family. It is to be an intentional effort that engages both kids and parents into the presence of God, the deep word of God, and gifts of God through a unique paradigm and blueprint. This goes beyond “family Sunday services” where the kids are setting in an adult service, beyond family movie nights and family get togethers. Presence-Driven Family Ministry addresses the spiritual aspects of the family according to the blueprint and heart of God set before us in His word.
We have found this pattern of ministry has many benefits to the body that include, unity and healing in families, a lifestyle of worship cultivated in families, a passing of the baton back to the parents as their children’s spiritual leader, souls saved through the paradigm of family, and an increase of spiritual maturity your children and adult congregation.
Chosen Stones Ministries is rising up in the spirit of Elijah to see the hearts of family members return back to each other and to God. We are making a clarion call back to the ancient ways, the good path that God established for families from the time of old. The fight for our families is one of the spirit and must be fought by the spirit. We are currently reaching out to churches to cast vision, disciple, and impart to them our pattern of presence-driven family ministry, so that through the spirit of Elijah, the hearts of families can be turned towards each other and to God once again. It is time to see the family altar reestablished in the church and at home once again.
We highly recommend in purchase our book called Presence-Driven Family Ministry for the Church. In this book you will find God’s heart for the generations, how the family entity fits into God’s Kingdom plan, vision casting as to why presence-driven family ministry is so important and desperately needed in the body, the benefits and fruit of this type of ministry, and a step by step blueprint on how to start and pursue presence-driven family ministry in your church. We also have started publishing Family Ministry Curriculums, modeled after our pattern of ministry, with our first one being released called Tabernacle in Us. We have many other resources available for the church as well.
We also accepts invites to come to your church to host kick-start weekends to establish presence-driven family ministry in your church, family revival conferences/services, and parents and leaders training conferences. If you are interested in talking with us about these possibilities please contact us at email@example.com
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