The coming year is a significant one for me personally and hopefully for our church, as well. 2018 marks my 10th anniversary as the Lead Pastor of Family Church. God truly has done more than I could have imagined in the last 10 years. Yet, I believe our best days are ahead of us.
As we compiled the information for this annual vision report, we were so encouraged to see the growth God has allowed, particularly in the last ve years. It is a testimony to the faithfulness of all who call Family Church their church home. You have invested your time, energy, talent, and money in our church. It is because of you that we are seeing more and more people connect to Family Church and taking next steps on
their spiritual journey. We are building families by providing “ significant growth opportunities for people of all ages. We have also been able to love our neighbors well by partnering with other organizations who specialize in meeting specific needs in our community.
There are also some growth challenges facing Family Church. In early 2018, we hope to complete two renovations and start construction on two new buildings. We will add two more churches, with one in another language (Portuguese).
We want to start something here in Palm Beach County
that keeps on growing and outlasts all of us. It is part of the movement that Jesus started over 2,000 years ago. We are just a small piece of His bigger picture, however we know that our piece really ma ers.
It is my privilege to be one of your pastors and I hope you will continue to help us advance the mission of Family Church.
BUILDING A NETWORK OF NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCHES
We abandoned the regional megachurch model in favor of a network of neighborhood churches. This means we stopped trying to a ract people from all over Palm Beach County to our downtown West Palm Beach location. We want to go to the people and create a place for them “where everybody knows their name” – to borrow the line from an old sitcom. This is the beauty of the neighborhood church.
We planted our rst neighborhood church, Family Church Abacoa, that resulted from a partnership with Central Baptist Church in Jupiter, Florida. Family Church Abacoa later partnered with Palm Beach Community Church to become Family Church Gardens.
Pastor Jimmy Scroggins preached an “Acts 29” sermon casting
vision for 100 neighborhood churches to reach the 6,000,000 South Floridians who remain unchurched. We have pursued this vision by:
- Helping plant autonomous churches.
- Sending out leaders to launch new Family Churches.
- Forming strategic partnerships. • Birthing seed churches.
Family Church has nine neighborhood churches that meet across Palm Beach County. Our reach extends north to Indiantown Road, south to Glades Road, east to Flagler Drive, and west to the Beeline Highway.
FAMILY CHURCH VILLAGE
Launching from a partnership between
Village Baptist Church and Family Church, it is located in a densely-populated corridor of Village Boulevard and 45th Street. It is a socioeconomically and racially mixed area. We are excited about the possibility of reaching this diverse neighborhood with the gospel of Jesus.
FAMILY CHURCH PORTUGUESE
Launching from a seed church to a campus, they will continue meeting at Family Church Gardens on Sunday evenings. The number of Portuguese-speaking people in Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade counties continues to rise giving us more opportunities to literally reach the world from South Florida
CONNECTING PEOPLE & CHANGING LIVES
Everyone is welcome at Family Church. It does not ma er if you are single, married, remarried, divorced, or widowed. A family can be one person, married with no kids, married with kids, or married with his kids, her kids, and their kids. We do not judge people according to their socioeconomic status, race, country/language of origin, or sexual orientation. Our goal is to meet people where they are and help them discover and pursue God’s design for their lives. No one is perfect and each of us needs the truth and power of the gospel to change our lives.
This is the front door to Family Church where people can have a meal and meet our pastors, sta , and key volunteers; This while learning more about who we are as a church. This is also where we get to know people, hear where they are on their spiritual journey, and help them take their next steps.
is how we measure new disciples at Family Church. It is obedience to Jesus’ command to “be baptized” that publicly identifies us with His death, burial, and resurrection.
340 people took this step in 2017!
GROUPS & TEAMS
Groups and teams are where people move from attending Family Church to being a part of our family. Groups create a safe place to learn biblical principles, apply them to our lives, love God, love each other, and love our neighbors. Teams are made up of people who lock arms to accomplish our Family Church mission and vision.
STUDENTS & KIDS WEEKLY GROUPS
Our student groups (grades 6 – 12) and kids groups (birth – grade 5) are where we intentionally build families to impact and raise the next generation for Christ.
LIFE-CHANGING SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES
Each year we take our students to Student Camp for five distraction-free spiritually-rich days. They also participate in Advance which is a middle school discipleship and high school leadership program. Our kids get to go to Kids Camp for three days where our adults pour into their lives.
The only affordable, sustainable
way to plant 100 neighborhood
churches is to raise up leaders
from among those who are already
living in South Florida and calling
Family Church home. We are always
developing ways to bring leaders
into our pipeline.
YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM
Upcoming 5th graders are invited to apply to the program, go through an interview process, and commit to serving in our Kids Ministry for one school year. They are assigned to a group of K – 4th graders who help lead, along with our adult volunteers.
STUDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
College students serve side-by-side with Family Church leaders while gaining practical experience in every ministry area, as well as with our business and communications offices.
Every spring, high school point leaders are chosen to help lead Advance – our six-week high school leadership and middle school discipleship program.
LAUNCH WORSHIP TRAINING
Led and coached by Family Church worship leaders, this 12-week discipleship program helps musicians, vocalists, and production teams develop their gifts to better serve the local church. Participants receive small group coaching and real-time experience leading and participating in a modern worship service.
CHURCH PLANTING RESIDENCY PROGRAM
This two-year intensive program is designed to train and o er resources to leaders for new church plants. Since we take a team leadership approach to church planting, this program is not only for lead pastors, but also for those who will lead in other ministry roles. We currently have programs in English and Spanish.
We believe the most e effective way for us to love our neighbors is by forming strategic partnerships with community organizations that focus on meeting specific c needs in our community.
Provided financial support and tutoring to six Palm Beach County public schools.
FIRST CARE WOMEN’S CLINIC
Rescued 416 babies from abortion, served 4,310 women and had gospel conversations with 1,282 of them.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OF WPB
Provided medical assistance to over 4,000 with low income.
URBAN YOUTH IMPACT CHRISTMAS STORE
Served 600 families (1,800 kids).
HURRICANE IRMA RELIEF
Assisted with clean up and food distribution in Immokalee, FL.
FEED THE HUNGRY
Led by Dan and Jacquie Shorter, this ministry of Village Baptist Church will become a part of the Family Church Network when Village Baptist Church partners with Family Church to launch as Family Church Village in February 2018. This ministry will continue to expand to serve under-resourced families in Palm Beach County.
- Trained churches in the 3 Circles and other evangelism/discipleship tools. One church multiplied our training by leading workshops for Kuna pastors.
- Interacted with English-speaking Panamanians, turning everyday conversations into gospel conversations.
Assisted an inner-city school and adult education ministry by training them in the 3 Circles, while celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
CUBA 4 CHRIST
Led by Family Church member, Virginia Hansen, we partner with Cuba’s Western Baptist Convention to:
- Train churches in puppet and balloon ministry.
- Train in the 3 Circles gospel conversation tool.
- Canvass with local missionaries - 168 adults became followers of Christ.
- Partner with churches to provide student retreats at a Baptist camp.