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Dreaming of More for the Next Generation: Lifetime Faith Ignited by Family Ministry [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Anthony
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Book Description

Filled with stories from one ministry professional to another, Dreaming of More for the Next Generation includes practical ways to equip parents to partner with the church in faith formation, inspiration and ideas for incorporating remembrance and celebration, creative ways to motivate children and teenagers to step out of their comfort zones and rely on the Holy Spirit, and insight into how God uses each person’s life as part of a unique story that is told throughout the generations.

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"After 25 years in Christian ministry, Dr. Michelle Anthony developed a ”parent-powered” family-friendly approach that nurtures authentic faith. In this refreshing new construct she emphasizes the importance of the Holy Spirit as teacher—with parents the primary instructors, not the church or Sunday school. Her expressive voice describes practical, creative ideas that encourage and motivate children and teenagers to ”listen for” the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Her speech is warm and rhythmic as she uses stories that reflect today’s issues to illustrate encounters with the Holy Spirit. Children and families learn to ”flex their faith muscles” with this new tactic, supported but no longer controlled by the church." 
G.D.W.  © AudioFile Portland, Maine

About the Author

Dr. Michelle Anthony is the Family Ministry Architect at David C. Cook and Family Ministry Ambassador for ROCKHARBOR church. She is the author of The Big God Story and the Spiritual Parenting book and DVD curriculum, and the coeditor of A Theology of Family Ministry with her husband, Dr. Michael Anthony. Michelle earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Southern Seminary and has over twenty-five years of church family ministry experience.

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  • File Size: 915 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (June 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087OWFZ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming Of More For The Next Generation June 4, 2012
I am days behind my deadline on reviewing this book and it is completely the fault of Michelle Anthony. Yes I have been given the privilege of reading this book titled: "Dreaming of More for the Next Generation: Lifetime Faith Ignited by Family Ministry", published by David C. Cook and thought I would be able to give it my usual 1-2 day read. WRONG!

In this book Michelle talks to those of us in ministry leadership roles about how we can be a facilitator of true life & truth faith transformation in kids AND Parents! I said facilitators not teachers, not instructors! If there is a significant theme that Michelle makes clear in this book it's this:

The Holy Spirit is TEACHER
Parents are PRIMARY.

This was just the start of how Michelle was going to stir my world and thoughts as I proceeded through reading this book. It ended up being a book that was highly highlighted by me. I will share just a few of those highlights:

"The moment we are seduced by the things of old, the new wine is not ours to taste."

"Our job is simply to create environments where He can work, to come alongside what God's Spirit is already doing...our job is to hoist up the sail as wide as we can, so that God's wind is blowing a child's life, we get to come alongside that."

"We need to resist getting distracted by doing things about Him and instead create an environment where children encounter Him."

This book takes a well planned out dive into what Spiritual formation really is, the role of the Holy Spirit, parents and us as leaders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More effective children's ministry August 16, 2012
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If faith is simply about good teaching and proper behaviour, then the church is a sufficient place for children to learn that, but if faith is that plus more--if it is understanding how to live out what we believe in real time, by the power of God's Spirit over a lifetime, then the family (with spiritually minded parents), would be the best place for that, according to Michelle Anthony in this book.

In many churches, large numbers of children seem to be graduating from church children's ministry without a firm faith, and many fall away from attending church entirely, notwithstanding engaging, exciting programs and apparently sound Biblical teaching. The missing element, according to the author, is the failure to recognise that the role of parents, and not children's ministry teachers, should be primary in the spiritual nurture of children.

The author provides seven core ideas which are foundational for family ministries within the local church:

* Family is primary (parents are the primary nurturers of their children's faith)
* Spiritual formation is our goal (not just information)
* The Holy Spirit is the teacher (children need to learn to rely on him, not on human teachers)
* Scripture is our authority
* The big God story (children need to hear the redemptive storyline of the whole Bible)
* God is central (the aim of all teaching is to cultivate an actual relationship with God)
* Ministry support (a unified staff and teams of volunteers with a common goal)

Many parents do not know how to talk to their children about matters of faith or how to model a vibrant spirituality. Churches clearly need to do better in supporting parents in this area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating, inspiring August 7, 2013
By Andrea
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Michelle Anthony takes you on a journey of spiritual awakening in regards to family ministry and our future generations! This book is full of ideas, motivation, assessment tools and empowerment! Great book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, Encouaging, Hopeful July 29, 2013
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I was searching for a resource to use as a text for a "Christian Education for Children" class that I was asked to teach at a Bible College in my area. It didn't take me long to discover that there are dozens of perspectives on that subject. I was looking for something that recognized the absolute need for the Holy Spirit's leadership in the lives of the educator, the child and the family... something that acknowledged that we can hear God at any age in any place or circumstance. I was also looking for a resource that recognized the importance of passing on our Biblical history and heritage of faith that is found in the Old Testament. I wanted to be able to give some help in answering the question, "What does it take to raise up Daniels and Esthers in this generation?" I found these elements in this resource. Michelle Anthony has been in children and family ministry for more that 25 years and echoes Paul's heart cry in Galatians 4:19, "until Christ is formed in you..." At the end of each chapter she has an assessment where she encourages reflection, response and dreaming. She does not attempt to have all the answers... rather, she gives opportunity for the reader to find answers that are unique to their individual situation. This is a good and challenging read for anyone interested in the spiritual development of children whether it be parent, grandparent, teacher or church leader.
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