Newsdesk this month is devoted to the five-year retrospectives from the specialized ministries through which Adventist members in the Pacific Union are nurturing discipleship and spiritual growth and reaching out to the communities of the Pacific Southwest.
Family Life Ministry (FLM) in the Pacific Union Conference is thriving and continuing on the path of doing the Lord’s work through its various family-building programs and resources.
Leading out Family Ministry is Edwin Mendoza, a retired pastor from the Southeastern California Conference, who has been serving as director since 2014.
Believing that the family unit is a special masterpiece of God’s creation, the goal of Family Life Ministry is to strengthen and build up families, guiding them in developing a more Christ-like testimony in their communities. They accomplish this goal in several ways:
• Supporting family life ministry leaders at the local church level through training, including a North American Division Family Life Ministry certification program.
• Supporting conference-level family camps, retreats, and seminars on a regular basis. In 2017, a worldwide ministry event was held in Budapest, Hungary, to empower and equip all Adventist ministries in their respective work, including Family Life. In 2018, the Central California Conference and the Southeastern California Conference celebrated the Family and Children Ministry Encounter in San Jose, California.
• Given the challenges of holding in-person events due to COVID, online programming is more widely used to continue offering support, fellowship, and resources for families. The pandemic has not put an end to all in-person events, though. The latest FLM event was conducted in January 2021 in the Central California Conference.
Believing that marriage and parenting reveal God’s character, FLM utilizes every resource available to equip husbands, wives, children, and even extended family members to empower them to tackle daily challenges from a solid Biblical perspective.
Pacific Union Conference Family Life Ministry is thankful to all conferences and local church family life ministry leaders for all the work they did during the pandemic to provide for families in need.