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Building Faith at Home: Why Faith at Home Must Be Your Church's #1 Priority Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 4, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Regal Books (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830745025
  • ASIN: B002XUM2ME
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,785,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

While church programs and Sunday school can do much to encourage belief in today’s youth, studies have shown that the influence of a family upon a child is much stronger. In fact, mom and dad are two-to-three times more influential than any church program in passing on a lifelong faith to their children. What does this mean for our ministries to families and children? It’s time for the church to reestablish the home as the primary place where faith is nurtured. If we truly want to rescue families, we need to change our approach to family ministry. Instead of encouraging parents to drop off their kids for faith building at church, pastors need to partner with parents to equip them for faith building at home.Building Faith at Home will challenge you to do as Mark Holmen did—change from being a pastor who gave little attention to family ministry to being a senior pastor who has made family ministry a top priority in his church. Part of an exciting Faith at Home initiative, this book offers a vision and a practical model for how to weave family ministry into the DNA of your church. Holmen supplies the tools needed to consider your church’s level of commitment to family ministry and an integrated approach that can revolutionize your approach to this vital ministry no matter what size church you serve.  If you are a pastor, church or lay leader, this book is a must-read as it will help you view your ministry from a perspective that has been overlooked and underestimated.      

About the Author

MARK HOLMEN has worked with families for more than 15 years, serving as a youth and family pastor in three congregations. He has been a national consultant, speaker, trainer and author of Faith Begins at Home. He currently serves as the senior pastor of Ventura Missionary Church in Ventura, California.

More About the Author

Rev. Mark Holmen is a national and international consultant and speaker for the "Faith At Home" movement that equips congregations to make the home the primary place where faith is nurtured. Mark served as the Senior Pastor of Ventura Missionary Church until recently when he stepped down in order to pursue full-time Faith At Home ministry. Mark and his wife Maria have been married for over 18 years and have a daughter, Malyn.

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A very great book that will make you rethink your ministry.
W. S. Ehrhart
This book was pretty good in that regard, although we're now going to buy the package they have that includes their classes for parents.
Jim V. Butcher II
Building Faith at Home is inspiring and valuable for anyone who serves in a church.
Annette L. Tarin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justin on November 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
An excellent case for making children a priority in church rather than relegating them to a back Sunday school room somewhere. Very readable - something you could get through in an evening or two. Provides a solid research base without boring you with statistics. Then shows you where to go in a clear, understandable manner without the dryness of a textbook. A bit more contemporary than Ben Freudenburg's classic The Family Friendly Church (which is still a must read). For those wanting a readable book on marriage and family ministry that stays closer to the biblical text I suggest Rob Rienow's Visionary Parenting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim V. Butcher II on February 9, 2009
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Our church is in the process of trying to empower parents to take responsibility for their kids' spiritual development. The main idea we're pursuing is that it's the parents and not the church who have the Biblical responsibility.

The problem we've run into is that there's not a lot of practical ideas out there on how to do that. This book was pretty good in that regard, although we're now going to buy the package they have that includes their classes for parents.

Well worth your time if you're pursuing these ideas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jordan on January 19, 2011
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The book strikes the right emphasis and tone. Parents need to recognize their vital role in the spiritual formation of their children. Some have gone to the extreme and abandoned their position as parents, while others have reacted too far abandoned the church. Neither is right. There should be no competition between church and home. Parents must raise their children in the truths of Jesus Christ, and partner with the church (the BODAY OF CHRIST) for lifelong faith.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Annette L. Tarin on September 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Building Faith at Home: Why Faith at Home Must Be Your Church's #1 Priority

Building Faith at Home is a practical resource book for pastors/church leaders to help equip parents to make their home Christ-centered and to teach them to be the spiritual leaders in their children's lives.

Mark Holmen offers insight and suggestions based on his own church experiences. Building Faith at Home is inspiring and valuable for anyone who serves in a church. This book has made an impact on how I will do ministry now and in the future. As a children's and youth leader, I realized that my ministries need to come alongside parents to support them and encourage them in their journey of implementing faith at home. No matter what walk of life we are in, we all have a responsibility of bringing Christ into the center of our home.

Making faith at home a priority will have an everlasting impact in both your church and the families it serves. I recommend Building Faith at Home to use as a resource to help you get started.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. N. Hardy on November 16, 2008
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After helping church leaders understand the importance of passing the responsibility of spiritual training and leadership back to parents, this book shares practical tools to help your church train today's parents on how to teach their children the faith. It brings HOPE for the next generation church. Without implementing the concepts in this book, I fear that Christianity in America may be extinct within two generations.
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As a recent graduate of a Baptist Seminary I was awe-struck by how much this resonated with my vision for ministry. Faith@Home is an amazing vision that I can't wait to apply in my ministry with children and families, and I hope that it will rub off on the other ministries offered as well!
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The author gives a great account for where both families and churches are today in regards to their faith and spirituality and is provides reasonable goals for churches to implement. This was a refreshing book because it was not one of the, "Your church is doing everything wrong, so throw the baby out with the bath water," type of books. As with every book, chew the meat and spit out the bones, but this books has plenty of meat.
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