The Hausvater Project

Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)

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Watch for New Content, Summer 2017!


We have been busy planning conferences (soon to be announced) and recruiting writers for forthcoming posts to this website. As you wait patiently, we welcome you to peruse the hundreds of prior articles that we have posted here and to sign up for our newsletter (see the sidebar to the right) so that you will be informed as our programs develop. Have a blessed Easter season!

When Darkness Becomes Light


Good Friday/Easter Poem

Thick darkness falls deeper
layering the land;
in sorrow cries Someone,
“Where is the Lord’s hand?”

Distant, so distant
God’s presence recedes,
yet God’s hand is close—
nailed to the trees. ...

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Inter-generational Ministry: Where Are You in Titus Chapter Two?


“Your vocation,” as noted in a previous article, “is how your station in life serves as a channel of God’s blessings to the people around you.” The Latin word vocatio means “calling,” and God calls us to serve as His distributors of blessings to others—in our families, in our congregations, and in our communities.

When a Christian congregation issues a divine call to a man to become its pastor, the members generally first review the qualifications for bishops and elders as found in 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:3–9: “blameless … able to teach … the husband of one wife … not given to wine,” etc. For good reason, these verses typically are cited in congregational bylaws. Less familiar to Christians, and seldom cited in the bylaws, the next chapter in Titus provides guidance for the vocations of Christian lay persons within the congregation. Some readers may interpret Paul’s advice to Titus concerning Christian laity as a time-bound application for one particular congregation in the first century A.D.; the following study, however, suggests that twenty-first century congregations can benefit greatly by applying the same advice today. ...

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Faithful Shepherd Gently Leading


A Hymn for Good Shepherd Sunday

Verse 1:

Faithful Shepherd gently leading
those with young upon life’s way,
Our Redeemer, friend and Savior,
washed us, made us Yours forever.

Refrain:

Faithful Shepherd gently leading,
help me lead my young to You.

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