Stages of Family Growth Cycle – National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLAM)

In planning for any parish ministry you’ll first want to consider your audience and the circumstances of their lives. This tool highlights various life stages and the rewards, challenges, the spiritual tasks, and suggested ministry models associated with each stage. Keep in mind that cultural and ethnic backgrounds play an important role in how life stages are understood and handled. Also note that divorce, death, remarriage or a catastrophic event may interrupt this growth cycle at any point and thus raise other rewards, challenges, spiritual tasks and ministry resources.

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