2022 Christian Home Month: Planning Resources for Congregations & Conferences
By Kevin Johnson
Families: Many Forms, Common Faith! Called to Peace!
The Christian Home Month resource is for family ministry leaders, ministry teams, and council chairpersons/coordinators in local congregations. It is designed to help local congregations develop and strengthen faith in the home and to celebrate Christian Home Month. Although Christian Home Month is typically celebrated during the month of May, congregations may choose any month of the year to focus on the Christian home and its key role as a center for faith formation.
Our theme for 2022 is Families Called to Peace. This is an appropriate theme for the current context in which we find ourselves. It seems that peace is on the minds of many these days. We live in a tumultuous time. This past year, we have continued political tensions, racism, and social unrest. Children, youth, and young people are concerned with the deep divisions in this country, disappointed at the disagreements, and witness to name-calling and loss of human respect. We continue to be a nation witnessing war. We continue to be a nation of not just violent acts, but violent language, images, and culture. Although we may cry, “peace, peace,” sometimes there is little in our lives that reflects peace. The absence of conflict doesn’t necessarily mean there is peace. Peace is not the opposite of war. Just because there may be no fighting in the home doesn’t mean the household is peaceful. How do we achieve this thing called peace? This resource offers a variety of ways to engage your congregational families who are called to peace.
Rev. Kevin Johnson is the Director, Children’s Ministries for Congregational Vitality & Intentional Discipleship at Discipleship Ministries. Kevin’s hero Fred Rogers suggests that we, “listen to the children, learn about them, learn from them. Think of the children first.” This quote defines Rev. Kev’s approach to ministry. Kevin, an ordained elder of the Kentucky Annual Conference, has over fifteen years of ministry experience in which he has thought of the children first. Prior to ministry, Kevin worked with children in the hospital setting and in group homes for emotionally and physically abused children.