How To Start Family Worship

You buy into the vision thinking, “Yep, I ought to do family worship with my tribe.”
Maybe you’re a single Mom, veteran Dad, newlywed or empty nester. You heard a friend mention it or the Lord put it on your heart.

You’re ready to take the hill, but where exactly do you start?

So glad you asked…
I’ve got 5 sure-fire steps that can help you get the age-old Big Mo (Momentum) going to start family worship.

Think of setting A-S-I-D-E time for family worship.

  1. Ask.

    Funny I know, but your first best practice is to pray. Ask God to help you in starting family worship in your home.
    Take it one step further. For 7 days, set a reminder on your phone/calendar to pray for 5 minutes daily to help you.

  2. Strategize.

    Talk to your spouse or a friend. If you’re married, talking to your husband or wife is the next most important thing in doing family worship.
    If you’re not married, don’t skip this step. Talk to a friend, pastor or mentor about your heart and ask for their input.
    You’ll need to talk about these things:

    1. When? * (Day and time you want to start. It could be 6:30 p.m. or just after dinner.)
    2. Where? (Living room, Kitchen, etc.)
    3. How long? (15 minutes, 30 minutes etc. Try for 10-15 minutes to start.)
    4. What’s your model? ** (Will you read the Bible, pray and sing, or one/two of the three?)
      • Don’t worry right now about establishing a life-long commitment to doing family worship. Just talk about the first time. Let’s just get the ball rolling. ☺
      • For starters, try reading (you read out loud) Psalm 1 or John 1:1-9 (about 10 verses is great). Ask one another one thing you can pray for, and pray it out loud for them. To sing, pick a worship song and play on a CD or with YouTube / Vimeo.
  3. Introduce the idea.

    If you have children, tell them what you’re going to do ahead of time. You can say something like this, “Hey Lydia and Elijah, we’re going to start doing family worship. Daddy feels led by the Lord to do this, and I’m sorry I haven’t started yet. But, we’re going to do it and it’s going to be awesome!”
    You can ask if they have questions and help them by clarifying expectations.

  4. Do it.

    Follow through on what you and your spouse or friend talked about. Stay within the allotted time that you discussed and be excited about it when it’s time.

  5. Evaluate.

    Talk again with your spouse or that friend, pastor or mentor that you first told about your idea. Talk about these four things:

    1. What you liked.
    2. What you didn’t like.
    3. What you want to keep.
    4. What you want to change.
      This gets skipped often, but having a feedback loop is immensely valuable! Your kids can even chime in and this can help you engage each member of the family. Modify your style and go for it again.

Any time you want to introduce a new habit or routine.
Push past.
Fight the “modulators”.
Jesus is worthy of your family’s worship, He wants to transform your sphere through prayer and speak to you from How Word. 
Men and women for centuries have led their homes in worship.
You have what it takes to do this.  We’re here to help.
Your action items:

  • Ask for help (set a 5 minute prayer alert on your phone)
  • Strategize with your spouse/friend/mentor
  • Introduce the idea to your people
  • Do it
  • Evaluate

Bring our team into the evaluation.

  • Happy worshipping!
    – John

    P.S. What sticks out to you about Renato’s story? Leave a comment below to join in the conversation.

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Words can hardly express how much I appreciate your teaching at our Sunday school class and your sharing of your notes, and the most important, your encouragement.”
Shu Schiller
College Professor, Wife and Mother
After watching your video, I started praying with my wife again.  We’re doing it and are encouraged to refresh our vision and prayer life together.
Steven Smith
Missionary and Finance Director, Husband and Father of 3
This ministry is so needed in the body of Christ.  It’s so practical and doable, but I’ve not seen anything like it.
Charles Criniere
High School Teacher, Husband, Father of 8


Our assignment is to envision, empower, equip and encourage families to foster cultures of prayer in their homes.
We’re focusing on empowering families one by one. In everything we do, we’re targeting the shift that goes from not doing it to realizing walking in the desired destiny for your home.
We’d love to start the conversation and learn how we could link arms with you to see families envisioned and empowered to carry out family worship in their homes.