Madison Avenue Baptist Church
Ministering to Military Families
Major Tony King
How the Church can help minister to Air Force/military families
· This study will offer some insight on how churches can minister to Air Force and military families both home and abroad.
· Besides keeping them in your prayers, some tangible means of ministering to them will be offered for your consideration.
Military families are not all that different from yours – we are people too
· The military is simply a slice out of society – good, bad and ugly.
· If you are not military, don’t worry about their rank.
· Sometimes they appreciate just being called Tony.
Military families are often geographically separated from extended family
· They could often use a babysitter … or at least a reference to one.
· Holidays are sometimes just their immediate family, if you can, sincerely offer to be on emergency standby.
Military families often find it difficult to make friends
· Relocating every 2-5 years, some “why bother” with making friends.
· Neighbors often see military and say “why bother” won’t be staying.
Military members tend to be very focused, may seem almost “anti-social”
· Some jobs require a lot of focus, so they may not “shift gears” when you do.
· For security reasons, military members may not be able to share much of what they do.
· Let them guide the conversation when it comes to military and political matters.
If they are new to the area
· A plate of goodies is always appreciated on the first few days in the house.
· Recommendations of good restaurants in the area – or take them to one.
· Tell them about some of the hidden treasures of the area and state.
· Find out what interests them when they are not at work.
· Share what is age-appropriate in the area for their children (playgrounds, etc.).