One of the things we emphasize at Providence Church is the role of the man in the family. We believe that Scripture teaches that God designed the man to be the leader of the home; the foundation upon which a good family is built.
That is why our goal is to have "every man leading and being led." You can see that this is a two fold strategy for building godly homes.
It begins with each of our men daily leading his family in devotions. We recognize that an hour or two at church each week, no matter how important it is, is not going to do much to strengthen the home. A strong family can only be built by men who nurture piety in the home.
Thus, we want our men to gather their wife and kids and spend a little time in God's Word together. We want them reading the Scriptures, discussing it, praying together and/or lifting their voices in songs of praise.
We also want to see our men being led. That is to say, we want our men to be involved in some sort of intentional discipleship so that they may constantly be equipped for their task as leaders. We believe that the key to strong homes is strong men. Therefore we want them involved in some sort of mentorship with other men, a church Bible study, or pastoral staff.
In sum, our philosophy is rather simple: Build the men and let them build their families. No elaborate programs or expensive gimmicks, just good old fashioned discipleship.
"What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses
entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others."
2 Timothy 2:2
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