Madison Avenue Baptist Church

Madison Avenue Baptist Church, Goldsboro, NC, Southern Baptist Convention, Bible believing, glorify God, Neuse Baptist Association,  Randy Outland, Edwin Jewell

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.).