Faith at Home... Frequently Asked Questions
What is it?
Faith at Home is WCC's initiative to partner with families in creating faith-filled, Christ-centered homes. At WCC, we believe the home is the primary place where faith is to be nurtured (Deuteronomy 6:1-9, 2 Timothy 1:5). We realize that many Christian people today do not pray together in the home, read the Bible together in the home, discuss faith issues or participate in any family devotions. Unfortunately, many church programs may have contributed to this lack of religious activity in the home and in family's lives. Church programs may have enabled a "let the professionals teach me and my children" attitude. This has led to a program-driven faith rather than a personal faith in many Christians today. In response to this reality, we are committing to partner with families in living out faith at home, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
At WCC... rather than being a program or fad or a three week sermon series, Faith at Home is an on-going process. We are shaping our ministries to be increasingly home-centered. We are taking seriously the biblical mandate of preparing/training/ assisting individuals, parents, and families for their ministries (in their homes). Our ministry leaders are asking the question, "How can our ministry enable and equip families to live out their faith at home?" We are continually looking for ways we can empower parents to enbrace their God-given calling to nurture faith in their families.
In our homes... Faith at Home is an ongoing pursuit of faith-filled living and Christ-centered discussions, actions, behaviors and attitudes.
Why is it important?
Psalm 78:1-7 informs we are to pass the God-stories we have heard and known... stories our ancestors handed down to us... on to our children... we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord.
Faith at Home is crucial to our church's task of assisting parents/families to pass on a saving, transforming, life-changing relationship with Jesus to the next generation.
When do we do it?
The passage we noted earlier from Deuteronomy 6 instructs us to impress God's commands on our children "when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." The Lord asks this of us immediately after inviting us to love Him with all that we are.
Of the four examples above, three center on our homes: sitting at home, lying down to rest at night, and getting up in the morning. This teaches us that our love of God and our love of people-- in short, our faith-- should be a central part of all that we do in life, especially at home.
It might seem at first glance that this passage speaks of specific times for ministry, but these specific illustrations really embrace the idea of always and everywhere. Obviously, children are an important part of the verse because they should be our priority. Even if you have no children though, the principle of "always and everywhere" rings true, doesn't it?
A few years ago, WWJD bracelets became popular as a physical representation of this principle. We wore them as a reminder to honor Christ always and everywhere. The Faith at Home initiative seeks to help accomplish the same end, encouraging us to embrace a faith-filled and Christ-centered home life.
Our initial steps in implementing Faith at Home are directed towards families with young children. Because we believe so strongly in this initiative at WCC, we have changed our ministry schedule. We have designated Wednesday evenings as "Faith at Home Night." Rather than adding something else to hectic schedules, we have discontinued Children's activities on our church campus on Wednesday evenings. We hope that families with young children will designate Wednesday evenings as family night in their homes.
Our Teen activities take place on WCC's campus on Wednesday evenings. In addition, a teen-parenting support group also meets during that time. We encourage families with teens to designate another night as "Faith at Home Night."