Seventh-day Adventists recognise that families are the building blocks of community, the church and society. We believe God created families to nurture warm, meaningful and loving relationships, and to discover what it is to love and be loved. In families, children develop beliefs, values, and attitudes which translate into behavioural patterns that shape their future and the future of their communities.
The primary role of the Family Ministries department is to partner with leaders at every level of the church structure to support families in the church and in their local communities by:
- recognising the great diversity of modern families
- training and equipping family life educators
- enriching marriages
- educating and resourcing parents
- educating and supporting leaders and families to help ensure families are a safe environment, especially for children
- fostering healthy relationships and emotional wellbeing
The Family Ministries department is closely linked to the work of Children’s Ministries. These departments also oversee the implementation of the Church’s safeguarding policy, Keeping Our Church Family Safe, to ensure best practice in the protection of children and adults at risk. For more information access the Safeguarding page.