The primary focus of Family Ministries is to help parents both understand and fulfill their biblical duties to spiritually lead and nurture their children as gifts from God (Psalm 127:3; Deuteronomy 6:5 – 9; Ephesians 6:1, 4). Working collaboratively with parents, the staff and leadership of the Family, Youth, and Children’s Ministries seek to nurture and encourage the entire family.
Our families represent the amazing diversity of both Chicago and The Moody Church. They come from varied ethnicities, different economic and educational backgrounds, and unique family and faith histories. Our programs are open to everyone, including single parents, blended families, grandparent assisted families, and those who don’t worship regularly at the church. All are welcome!
During the COVID-19 restrictions, our ministries have adapted by either moving online or meeting in person with appropriate restrictions. Find links and/or information on all of our marriage- and family-related ministries below.
Wednesdays beginning April 7, in Room 108 and via Zoom
Join the Parenting Class for a five-week series discussing what God has shown us about the strengths and weaknesses of our families during the COVID era. We will work from selected chapters in Russell Moore’s The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home. Some of the topics we’ll cover include:
- Why do families have so much power over us?
- Why can family life be so difficult over time?
- How much priority should our nuclear family be given?
- What makes a family a “blessing” vs. a “burden”?
- What is the appropriate “long term” goal for our parenting efforts?
- How can we build on our strengths and address our weaknesses?
God’s Word, of course, will frame our conclusions as we use Moore’s insightful text to think more deeply about the fundamental spiritual bases for being a dad and mom in such difficult times. As Moore concludes: The only safe harbor for a storm-tossed family is a nail-scarred home.
The class is led by Pastor Bob and Linda Gunter. For information on how to attend, either via Zoom or in-person, contact Lori Imhof.
If you are interested in domestic infant adoption or international adoption and live in the Chicagoland area, this is a great starting point and resource as you begin to research more about if adoption is right for your family. Contact Roxana Thisse at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.