Family Ministries

The Family Department’s main aim is to help nurture and support positive relationships among single people, couples and families. Internally called ‘Family Ministries,’ the department takes the view that happy, healthy people, who are able to have positive relationships, can be powerful influences in today’s broken world.

The department is closely linked with the work of the Children’s Department, and also oversees Cornerstone, the counselling service for Southern England. It works together with local churches to help enhance the spiritual and emotional health of families, both in their churches and local communities.

Throughout the year the department organises family-life training, educational workshops, one-day conventions, parenting courses, and marriage and family retreats, held in locations across Southern England. Resources are also provided to support local church leaders.

As the Family Department believes that parents should be the primary educators of their children, it also promotes special projects such as ‘Kids in Discipleship’ training, which equips parents and mentors to help their children develop a personal and practical faith.

The department invests heavily in training church leaders to support couples through pre-marital guidance, mentoring newlyweds and supporting families experiencing difficulties.

The Family Department believes that healthy families, and people, are important in building a healthy church, and a healthy church is essential for a healthy society.


More from Family Ministries

  1. About Us – Our mission, vision and objectives
  2. KCFS Policy and Procedures

Rio Espulgar

Rio Espulgar

Family Ministries Director

Family Ministries Resource Book

The annual resource compiled by the General Conference Family Ministries department, containing sermons, mini-seminars and children’s stories as well as leadership resources, reprinted articles and book reviews to help local churches facilitate the two annual family emphasis weeks – Christian Home & Marriage week (February) and Family Togetherness week (September) – as well as other programs you may want to implement during the year.




General Conference Official Family Ministry Statements

Throughout its history, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has periodically released position statements on specific topics and issues. A number of these pertain to marriage and the family, or to issues closely related to family life. For a complete collection of statements, access the official website of the Seventh-day Adventist Church:


Job Descriptions



  • GC Family Ministry Website -

  • End it Now -

  • Building Strong Families (See downloads)





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