Immediate family is the number one priority of life ministry. Take seriously the spiritual injunction found in 1 Timothy 5:8. The American Standard Version translates 1 Timothy 5:8 like this: “But if any provideth not for his own, and specially his own household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.” Family is the center upon which all else is built, including the broader outside ministry to which all Christians are called. If the inner home is falling apart, the ministry outside will suffer. Family is the point of life ministry, not because we wish to use it as the means/ends to reach others in holistic and authentic ways, even though that happens too, but because God first calls us to love one another and treat one another as Christ would His church. A minister of the Gospel must do this in his home first, before he can go to the world. This is beyond important for life ministry.