Christian Home Month Resources for 2013-2019
By Kevin Johnson
The Christian Home Month Resource is for family ministry leaders, family life council chairpersons/coordinators, family leaders, and family ministries teams in local congregations. It is designed to help local congregations develop and strengthen faith in the home; celebrate and support Christian families in their faith journeys and 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.
The resources are based on the United Methodist Church quadrennium. This four-year cycle will be complete in the year 2020 with the theme of “Hope.” The theme for this May is “Families Called to Hope,” an appropriate theme as we live in a tumultuous time of pandemic. The television news, internet, and other forms of media inundate us with images and stories of illness, political disagreement, inequality, isolation, and separation. If we are not careful, the daily news reports may take all the joy out of living. We have much to fear. We know sharp divisions only worsen any attempts to live through this time and work for healing and hope. Yet, as Christians, we are called to be a people of hope. We hope for a better world where everyone will feel and experience God’s love, peace, justice, and HOPE.
The prior three year’s themes of this quadrennium were Families Called to:
- Love (2017)
- Peace (2018)
- Justice (2019)
To reflect on the previous year’s themes and to prepare for this year, follow the link to a file that contains the previous years’ resources. As you prepare to observe this year’s theme, lift “hope” in the family. During the month and throughout the rest of the year, provide creative programs, forums, parenting classes, worship opportunities, learning activities, and times of prayer for supporting families in their faith journeys. Respond to questions such as, “How can the body of Christ be a beacon of hope to all who despair? How can we help cultivate a culture of hope for our families, our church, and our world?” As God intended, the home is a place for living in faith and trust of the hope found in God and in daily practice of the Christian faith.
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.