In a family church, the leadership is more concerned about what one or two families will say or think, than they are about leading families to ultimate freedom in Christ.
When we narrow the scope of our congregation to one or two families, we exclude the rest of the community we are trying to reach.
For that reason I have always determined that I would not allow the wants and whelms of a small group of people narrow the scope of the entire organization.
Recently, we dedicated nine babies in one weekend across two services. This used to be an individual event, but as the church has grown, we have to understand the difference between a family church and a church for families.
Setting the bar for this was my own family. We dedicated Emmanuel Cruz Foster (then four weeks old) at the same time as we dedicated six others in that service.
As we reach more people there are a few things that you have to just make a call on, in order to reach more people, group baby dedications is just one of the many examples to a church going from a family church to a church that reaches families.
How do you think people handle the transition between a family church and a church for families? Are there any obstacles?