- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Salem Communications (June 2, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600343147
- ISBN-13: 978-1600343148
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Family-Integrated Church Paperback – June 2, 2006
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More About the Author
Mark is the author of seven books, Who's Afraid of Public Speaking?, (1998; updated ebook in 2014) Family-Integrated Church (2006), Real Life Moments: A Dad's Devotional (2008), You Can Write!(2008), Planting a Family-Integrated Church (2008), A Faithful Man(2012), A Glimpse Behind the Calling (with Jeff Klick), 2014, and his latest, Age Integrated Church (2015).
Mark and Cindy celebrated 33 years of marriage in June, and have seven children, two daughters-in-law, three grandsons (Blake, Seth, Owen), and one granddaughter (Liza): Micah and Kari, Caleb and Celia, Hannah, Luke, Jesse, Judah and Susanna, ages 31 to 16.
Mark's passion is preaching and writing, and he enjoys running and traveling.
Top Customer Reviews
I attend a family integrated church and so I am already familiar with this paradigm. For many years, however, our family attended a more traditional style of service with Sunday School and Youth Group. I sure do wish we had found a family integrated church earlier!
Here's some food for thought: when we go out to eat at a restaurant, we don't walk in the door and hand our children over to the "professional" meal administrators to teach our children how and what to eat while we go and eat in another room. Why do we hand our kids over to others for their spiritual nourishment? Think about it ...
This is an excellent book. Read it and see for yourself!
There is a movement that is growing in this country, a movement back to the way things used to be as far as church is concerned. It is called by various names, the most common being the "family-integrated church."
This book is the story of how one church has been working to bring families back together. You will laugh, be encouraged, and your heart will be drawn back to what the Lord says about His church as you read this book. It will also serve some readers as a blueprint for change.
J. Mark Fox is Pastor of Antioch Community Church, where he and his wife Cindy have served since the church began in 1987. Mark is also an adjunct instructor in the School of Communications at Elon University, and writes a weekly religion column for the Daily Times-News in Burlington, NC. His columns have won two Amy Awards, in 2004 and 2005, for excellence in communicating biblical truth to a secular audience. He teaches Writing and Public Speaking classes to homeschoolers and is a frequent presenter at the North Carolina homeschool convention. Mark and Cindy live in Burlington with their seven children, two dogs and a cat.
One side note. Mark says that we use Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership by Alexander Strauch I would also suggest The New Testament Deacon: The Church's Minister of Mercy by Strauch. It explains the true meaning and role of deacons and it is how deacons serve at Antioch.
In the book, Mark shares the story of how the church he founded back in 1987 changed over time as they came to realize the effect(s) that their methods and programs had on families. He also shares some of what worked and some which did not.
What Mark shares is how their church came to realize the tremendous evangelism and discipleship opportunity that existed right before their eyes - the family. While sharing the story of Antioch, Mark demonstrates that when the home is brought together; taught together; discipled together; and worships together, they become a tremendous asset for the church...able to shine the light of the gospel out to others around them in some amazing ways.
If you want to witness first-hand a family-integrated church in action, then read this book. What is worship like when all ages are in attendance throughout the entire service? How do they handle crying children? What about their teens? Do they have a youth group? How can you possibly teach children who are in different grade levels? How is outreach and ministry accomplished? In addition to finding out the answers to these questions and more, you will witness how Antioch Church brings together those of every age so that they can impart the best of wisdom and experience upon each other, with an eye towards furthering the gospel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good, easy read book about a church and their journey on becoming a Family Integrated Church. I am a pastor's wife of a Family Integrated Church, and I fully recommend this book... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tanya Stephenson
There are plenty of books out there about churches that have grown and become successful in some way. Growing churches. Big churches. Mega churches. Churches with great ministries. Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by J McMurdo
I enjoyed this book - I have become very interested in the family worshiping as a whole on Sunday mornings. Read morePublished on July 2, 2011 by WintersCaMom
I love the transparency the pastor/author portrays. He tells of their transisiton from being a new church that is modeled after the typical program driven into the family driven... Read morePublished on August 19, 2009 by Amazon Customer
This book is fantastic. I have read and reread parts of it multiple times, and have talked more about this book than any other book this past year. Read morePublished on December 19, 2008 by A. Osborn
I received this book on Friday. I finished it Saturday morning. Every question I had was answered. How refreshing. There are so many things I loved about the book. Read morePublished on October 16, 2008 by LivingBookWorm