The Family Crisis Caused the Faith Crisis: Why Marriage Is the Most Urgent Ministry Gap in the Church Today

The breakdown of traditional family structures can be linked to the decline in religious engagement. It points out the diminishing number of households with married parents and emphasizes the impact of this on various societal issues. J.P. De Gance calls attention to the lack of focus on marriage ministries within churches and suggests that addressing this gap is crucial for combating the ongoing faith crisis.

“Marriage is the most urgent ministry gap in the church today”: US study links faith crisis to family woes

The recent decline in US church attendance is linked to the breakdown of marriages, as highlighted by J.P. De Gance of Communio. He emphasizes the need for churches to prioritize marriage ministries, pointing out that most American churches lack such initiatives. By shifting focus and investing in relationship-centered programs, churches can strengthen families, revitalize faith communities, and promote healthier relationships.

The Family Crisis Caused the Faith Crisis: Marriage Now the Most Urgent Ministry Gap in the Church

In this urgent call to action, J.P. De Gance highlights the alarming decline of faith and the crucial role of strong marriages in combating it. Through his organization, Communio, he offers insights into the critical need for a metanoia mindset shift within churches to prioritize marriage ministries and foster Christ-centered relationships, aiming to draw people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Why marriage is the most urgent ministry gap in the Church today

In the face of declining faith and collapsing families, churches must urgently prioritize marriage ministries. J.P. De Gance argues that by embracing a metanoia mindset shift, focusing on strengthening marriages, and fostering Christ-centered relationships, churches can become hubs of evangelism and restoration, leading to healthier communities and a resurgence of faith in Jesus Christ.

Want a Faith-Filled Nation Back? Build the Family

J.P. De Gance highlights the correlation between intact families and religious commitment, noting that 80% of churchgoers come from continuously married homes. Observing societal issues stemming from family breakdown, De Gance founded Communio to assist churches in promoting healthy relationships and marriages, aiming to revitalize faith in America by strengthening families. He discusses the importance of restoring the family in fostering a revival of faith on “The Daily Signal Podcast.”

Get Married: An Interview with Brad Wilcox

Brad Wilcox, author of Get Married, highlights the work Communio has done.

“I am encouraged, for instance, by the work that Communio is doing to strengthen marriage and family ministries in Catholic and Protestant churches across America and the work that Governor Spencer Cox and the Utah legislature are doing to advance the Success Sequence and a range of other family-friendly laws. I am also impressed by what J. P. De Gance and Live the Life seem to have done in their marriage initiative in Jacksonville, Florida to bring down divorce rates there.”

Saving Marriage at Scale

Author Seth Kaplan discusses the innovative approach of Communio and notes the urgency of creating and sustaining strong marriages.