Old Westbury Seventh-day Adventist Church

Making disciples by touching hearts and changing lives with the everlasting gospel.

Family Ministries

We all have a place in the family

You are visiting the Department of Family Ministries. Family Ministries focuses on people in relationship. It is a ministry that provides tools to help individuals communicate more effectively, deepen commitment in marriage, and assist in becoming better parents. Family Ministries helps families grow in love and live in harmony as the family of God.

The over-arching objective of Family Ministries is to strengthen the family as a discipling center. The family was established by divine creation as the fundamental human institution. It is the primary setting in which values are learned and the capacity for close relationships with God and with other human beings is developed.

Family Ministries is a ministry of grace which acknowledges as normative the biblical teachings relating to the family and holds high God’s ideals for family living. At the same time, it brings an understanding of the brokenness experienced by individuals and families in a fallen world. Thus Family Ministries seeks to enable families to stretch toward divine ideals, while at the same time ever extending the good news of God’s saving grace and the promise of growth possible through the indwelling Spirit.

Family Ministries focuses on people in relationship. It is concerned with the needs of married couples, parents and children, the family needs of singles and all members of the wider family circle as they pass through life’s predictable stages and contend with unexpected changes in their lives.

Family Ministries reinforces and encourages wholesome families. It helps individuals build and maintain strong family relationships because it recognizes that healthy Christian families make strong members for the kingdom of God and present a winsome witness to the community around them. Family Ministries promotes understanding, acceptance, and love within the family and in the larger family of God and fosters the reconciliation and healing between the generations promised in the Elijah message of Malachi 4:5, 6. It extends hope and support to those who have been injured and hurt by abuse, family dysfunction, and broken relationships. Family Ministries fosters competence in a variety of interpersonal skills needed in relationships. It provides growth opportunities through family life education and enrichment. It encourages individuals, married couples, and families to avail themselves of professional counseling when necessary.

 

Directors

                Joe Jimenez (631) 617-3978 or Email: ajct64@gmail.com

                Terri Jimenez (631) 617-3981 or Email: owadvclub12@yahoo.com

 

Couples

Marriage is the first institution designed by God at Creation. God fashioned humankind as male and female in His own image; He instituted marriage, a covenant-based union of the two genders physically, emotionally, and spiritually, spoken of in Scripture as “one flesh.” God, the designer of marriage, has provided us with a plan for how marriage works best.        Learn More..

 

Parents

Parenting is at once a wonderful blessing and an incredible challenge. Of course, every challenge is an opportunity for growth — in parenting there are many opportunities for parents and children to grow and develop into the image of God. Learn More...

 

Individuals

Family Ministries focuses on the family as a whole and on each individual that comprises the unit. Family Ministries is focused on strengthening the relationships between the individuals in the family — the relationship that connects husband and wife in marriage, parent and child in a unique parent-child bond, family to family in the community of faith and in the wider society. Each individual is essential to the effective functioning of the family. Learn More...