Faith at Home Ministries is an international movement of churches seeking to equip the home to be the primary place where faith is nurtured and lived out. We believe this is a movement of God, in which we are have been called to serve. There are many others who have been called by God to impact faith at home, both in the past and in the present. This history is some of our story in serving the movement.
MARK HOLMEN was called to ministry first as a youth pastor in Minnesota, where he served for 10 years. During this time, he participated in Search Institute’s “Significant Religious Influences” survey. This large survey led Mark to conclude that what happens in the home is 2 to 3 times more influential than any church program, to which he had dedicated his life. This was a turning point for Pastor Mark and led him to engage more strategically and intentionally with parents and homes. As Mark became a father, he became even more convinced of his God-given responsibility to make his home the primary place where faith was nurtured and lived out. Mark also became significantly more impassioned to serve other homes through the church to impact the faith of the next generation.
In 2002, Mark and his wife Maria, moved their family to California, where he served as senior pastor of Ventura Missionary Church for seven years. At the encouragement of George Barna, Mark wrote Faith Begins at Home to encourage parents to be faith at home focused in 2006. Shortly after, Mark wrote Building Faith at Home for church leaders, and the phone started to ring. More and more, churches and ministry organizations were asking Mark to come and speak to them about how they could do Faith at Home Ministry. Since 2006, Pastor Holmen has written nine more resources, two more for church leaders and seven for parents and in 2009, Mark stepped down from Ventura Missionary Church in order to pursue full-time Faith At Home ministry.God has led Mark to speak on Faith at Home ministry across the United States and around the world. Mark has toured across Canada twice to speak, as well as numerous individual speaking engagements there. The Faith at Home movement has taken Mark as well to New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and Singapore. We believe God has called us to equip and inspire the local church to greater effectiveness in ministry through considering a Faith at Home ministry strategy. We are here to serve you. Please contact us with any questions or feedback.
Mission To encourage, equip, and inspire churches to build faith into the next generation through the enduring strength of homes. ~~~~
Vision To see the power of the Church (His Bride) and the charm of the Home work together to most effectively impact the Christian faith of the next generation. ~~~~
Purpose Faith at Home is all about helping churches activate homes to be the primary place where faith is nurtured. ~~~~
If you are a church leader, you are deeply concerned about discipleship and faith. And yet, current statistics suggest that somewhere between 60 and 90 percent of people who attend Christian churches will walk away after high school. This is a grave concern. We want to help in any way we can, because we believe in the divinely appointed value of the local church.
Can we take you deeper into the concern?
Apply those stats to your own family, and consider...
Jesus said, "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16: 26)
Personal application for church leaders: What good will it be for a man (woman) to lead in a great church and lose his own kids? Or what can a man give in exchange for his kids?
What is most important for your church and your home? Faith in Christ. Period.
Perhaps there are a few things we can do differently. Perhaps you're already doing them. Please share and let's learn together for the sake of next generation.