By Dave Smith
I. Love Your Wife Unconditionally. Show her and tell her often.
II. Lead In The Family Devotion. This is a must if you have smaller children in your home.
III. Lead In The Family Prayer Life – Every Day
IV. Lead In God’s Work. Don’t wait on your wife to lead.
V. Take Your Family With You As You Visit If Possible
A. This is quality family time
B. It lets your children see that all kids don.t have it as good as they do
VI. Spend Time Every Day With Your Wife. Just a little means a lot.
VII. Have A “Date” With Your Wife At Least Once Every Week
A. Do something special with her
B. That doesn’t mean you have to go wild on your budget
VIII. Keep All Your Promises To Your Wife And Children No Matter What. Don’t let them ever blame the ministry for your lack of attention to them.
IX. Ask Your Wife For Help And Ideas In Your Ministry. Keep in mind, though, your wife is not your assistant pastor.
X. Have Your Family Ride On The Bus Each Sunday. It will give them a heart for your ministry (again, if this is possible)
XI. Use Experiences In The Bus Ministry To Build Your Children’s Character. Point out how people’s lives could be different if Jesus was at the center.
XII. Be Sure Your Family Is In Church On Sunday And Wednesday Night. This helps them to grow in the Lord.
XIII. Don’t Be Critical Of Your Pastor And Other Staff
XIV. Set The Example. Show them what a Christian should do and be like.
XV. Take Being A Husband And Father Seriously. It’s the most important responsibility in your life!
XVI. Don’t Unload Bus Ministry Problems, Burdens And Criticisms On Your Wife Which May Discourage Her. Take them to the Lord
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”