By MaryAnn Peteya
Friends describe Mike Sciarra as friendly, open, gracious, energetic, and as an encourager. But most of all, they say he is someone who is passionate about Jesus, God’s Word, and family ministries.
Participants in Equip09, the annual conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, will have an opportunity to hear Sciarra’s passion when he teaches a three-day class on family ministries and how to interweave it into every area of ministry. It is one of dozens of classes available to participants who attend the conference.
Sciarra “has a strong commitment to teaching the Bible…and family ministries,” says Tom Avey, fellowship coordinator, “[and] he is extremely competent in the area.” Avey first heard Sciarra speak at the 2007 High Impact Men’s Retreat and asked him to talk on the topic at Equip09.
The senior pastor of Grace Church, a Grace Brethren church in Orange, Calif., since 2006, Sciarra began ministry as a children’s pastor where he says the church basically did most of the Christian education, often leaving the parents out of the picture.
He realized, however, that the primary role of the church is to equip parents to teach their children.