Family Ministry Field Guide How the Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples

ISBN-10: 0898274575

ISBN-13: 9780898274578

Edition: 2011

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Scripture calls parents to train their children in the faith and to nurture their children's souls. Yet few parents actively engage in their children's spiritual development. How can churches best equip families to engage in their divine calling to disciple their children? Family ministry expert Dr. Timothy Paul Jones guides church leaders to develop a ministry system that equips parents to be the primary faith-trainers in their children's lives, moving beyond mere programming into a deeper spiritual life at home, within the church, and beyond. This resource is for leaders in the trenches--those who: see parents disengaging from their children's spiritual development; see too many students leave for college and drop out of church; have heard of "family ministry," and just want to know more; or are frustrated with programmed ministries that fail to produce results.
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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Timothy Paul Jones serves as professor of leadership at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and works in the SojournKids children's ministry at Sojourn Community Church. Before coming to Louisville, Timothy led churches in Missouri and Oklahoma as a pastor and an associate pastor. He has been widely recognized as a leading writer and researcher in the fields of apologetics, church history, and family ministry. He has authored or contributed to more than a dozen books, including Misquoting Truth (InterVarsity, 2007), Christian History Made Easy (Rose, 2010), and the CBA bestseller The Da Vinci Codebreaker (Bethany House, 2005).

Introduction: The Gap in Your Chruch
Map the Gap
What Families in Your Church Are Doing-and Not Doing-When You're Not Looking
What Family Ministry Is and Why It's Worth It
Rethink Your Goal
Why Not to Do Family Ministry
How to Find the Right Motivation
Frame Your Ministry in God's Story Line
Discover Who Your Children Really Are
The Split in God's Story Line
Give Parents the Guidance They Need
We're Supposed to Do That at Home?
A Matter of Training and Matter of Time
Providing What Parents Really Need
Transition to Family-Equipping
Killing the One-Eared Mickey Mouse
Family-Equipping Transition 1: Be
Family-Equipping Transition 2a: Equip Families for Faith Talks
Fmaily-Equipping Transition 2b: Equip Families for Faith Walks and Faith Processes
Family-Equipping Transition 3: Acknowledge
Family-Equipping Transition 4: Synchronize (with W. Ryan Steenburg)
Twelve Tools to Equip Families
Family Discipleship Perceptions and Practices Survey
Motives Matter
Living in God's Story Line
What Message Are We Sending?
TIE Your Ministry Together
Appendix: Survey Methodology and Results
About the Author
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