Today, I’m going to be talking with my friend, JJ Jones who serves as Pastor of Family Discipleship at my church here in Franklin, TN. JJ is perfect for this job bc as you will hear in this interview, he’s not only passionate but lovingly dedicated and prayerfully committed to his case for making church – especially youth ministry- a full on family affair.
When I first heard JJ speak at Fellowship Bible about his holistic approach to reaching young people, I was struck by how he used the word “Family” as a verb. He explains what ignited his passion for “familying” together and why it’s important to implement “milestone strategy” in the context of church life.
JJ points out that countless people feel right at home in a bar- known, accepted and loved- but no one says that about church. But, he adds, there is a shift happening…. so you’ll be encouraged by what you’ll hear as he expounds on his 3R method.
I’ll share with you a glimpse I had recently that is “familying” well together in the most unlikely way to the most unlikely bunch of people in the most unlikely of places…. It was the most gratifying wedding experience I’ve ever had and Girl, I’ve been to a lot of weddings!
SO what about you? Do you feel a sesnse of belonging in your church? Do you feel you family well? with the members there? Do you feel your church does a good job engaging culture? Has your church “left the building?”
And what about if you’ve been hurt and feel a little self protective? JJ addresses that too. We’re gonna do an episode soon about the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation, explaining how the two are very different….NOT the same. But I think you’ll appreciate what JJ has to say about a Biblical way to forgive whether there’s restoration of the relationship or not.
I’d love to know if you’ve gotten something from this conversation. Can I trouble you to get on itunes and leave us a review about this or another favorite episode? Or share this episode with a friend? Thank you kindly for your help in getting this podcast into other hands. and ears. It’s really all about interdependence in relationship- the way it’s modeled for us in the Holy Trinity- in order to make Known The Name.
I appreciate the feedback I’ve gotten, Friend! I’m so encouraged that you’re encouraged! Thank you for the sweet text messages, emails, kind words in the hallway at church and on the street- If you’re ever walking around downtown Franklin, that’s my favorite hang these days! I’ll be lookin’ for you!
Here’s a live out love link for ya;
http://www.bridgeministry.org/ – go get involved with feeding the homeless of Nashville (spiritually, physically and beautifully.)
Till next time,