Family Ministry Unpacked

Equipping you to take practical steps to develop family ministry.

About this event

This four-session training course will explore practical aspects of strengthening and deepening our ministry and connection with families. It will also explore key principles that underpin different expressions of family ministry. This will encourage a missional and strategic approach to effective ministry to families in your communities. Participants will have the opportunity to think through approaches and practice that might suit their different contexts.

This series explores the topics below. It also considers the various influences that have had an impact more recently and how these might begin to shape our ministry for the future, such as digital engagement and the effects of the pandemic.

The four sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm.

  • 17 November: Biblical, Historical & Contemporary Contexts of Family Ministry
  • 24 November: The context of Family Life, relationships and wellbeing
  • 1 December: Encouraging Church in Family Ministry and Intergenerational relationships
  • 8 December: Faith at Home

If you are interested in exploring some of the ideas that underpin Family Ministry, reflecting on practice with others and sharing your own experience then this is for you! Whether you are a volunteer or paid worker, a lay leader or ordained minister, you are welcome to participate.

Do encourage some folk from your congregation to attend, whether you already have some ministry that connects with families or if you are interested in exploring possibilities in this area.

This course is hosted by the Church of Scotland, the Christian Education Association Scotland, and the Methodist Church of Great Britain (Scotland and Shetland Region). The course is based on the interdenominational Core Skills training programme.


Isobel Booth-Clibborn: Children’s Development Worker, Church of Scotland

Lorraine Darlow: National Learning and Development Coordinator, Methodist Church Scotland and Shetland Region

Gill Lyth: Care for the Family, National Representative Scotland

How to take part

Please register in advance via Eventbrite


If you have any further questions, email, putting 'Family Ministry Unpacked' in the subject line.