Family Friendly Partners Network (FFPN)

Published on January 1st, 2016

The Network Concept

Family Friendly Partner’s Network (FFPN) is the creation of Professor Ben Freudenburg, chair of the Family Life Ministry Department at Concordia University, Ann Arbor.  He has invited Districts of the LCMS to form a network, usually involving 6-10 congregations.  The training then takes place over a three-year span as the churches learn how to be more intentional in working with families. The collective goal is to move the congregations toward a more Family Friendly Church, one in which the head of the household takes a more intentional effort to be the primary source of faith formation for the members of his/her family.

The sequence of training is as follows.

Event 1: The Paradigm Shift

Learning the family friendly attitude

June 12-13, 2015 @ Ascension,  Fort Wayne

Event 2: Assessment – Learning how the assessment works

Defining family ministry and assessing family strengths andcongregational family demographics

October 2-3, 2015 @ Holy Cross, Fort Wayne

Event 3: Assessment – Interpreting the Results

Defining family ministry and assessing family

February 5-6, 2016 @ St. Michael, Fort Wayne

Event 4: Training Parents in Faith Formation

Training on the Family Friendly Tweak and four arenas of faith formation

April 22-23, 2016 @ Peace, Fort Wayne

Event 5: Marriage Ministry

Exploring the state of marriage, pre-marriage and marriage ministry

September 30-October 1, 2016 @ Suburban Bethlehem, Fort Wayne

Event 6: Parent Education

Focusing on parent education through the life span

February 24-25, 2017 @ St. John Bingen, Decatur

Event 7: Human Sexuality

Developing programming for human sexuality and the family

April 28-29, 2017 @ Suburban Bethlehem, Fort Wayne

Event 8: Non Nuclear Families

Discovering stepfamily, divorce and remarriage ministry

September 22-23, 2017 @ Zion Friedheim, Decatur

Event 9: Adulthood & Aging / Closing Celebration

Recognizing and serving aging members and their caregivers

February 2-3, 2018 @ Our Hope Huntertown

For a directory of the current FFPN congregations, click here.

FFPN Contacts:

Ben Freudenburg, Founder and Director

Cori Scholtens, Business Manager and Webmaster

Brian Horning, District Coordinator / 260-301-1496

Nancy Losher, District Administrative Assistant / 260-423-1511, ext. 208

FFPN website:

Congregations who have completed the three-year cycle of Family Friendly Partners Network workshops:

Ten congregations from the Indiana District joined together to form a Family Friendly Partners Network (FFPN-IN) in 2011 finishing in 2014. The ten congregations were:

  • Calvary, Indianapolis
  • Faith, Bloomington
  • Grace, Columbus
  • Grace, Lafayette
  • Messiah, Indianapolis
  • Our Savior, Louisville
  • St. Peter, North Judson
  • Trinity, Crown Point
  • Zion, New Palestine
  • Zion, Seymour

Nine congregations from the Indiana District joined together to form a Family Friendly Partners Network (FFPN-FW) in 2014. They will conclude their training in 2016. The nine congregations are:

  • Ascension, Fort Wayne
  • Emmanuel, Fort Wayne
  • Holy Cross, Fort Wayne
  • Our Hope, Huntertown
  • Peace, Fort Wayne
  • St. John – Bingen, Decatur
  • St. Michael, Fort Wayne
  • Suburban Bethlehem, Fort Wayne
  • Zion – Friedheim, Decatur