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Family-Integrated Church Paperback – June 2, 2006

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Product Details

  • 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)

More About the Author

J. Mark Fox is the pastor of Antioch Community Church in Elon, NC, and has taught public speaking at Elon University since 1990. He writes a weekly column for the Times-News of Burlington, NC, which has won five Amy Awards.You can read his blog at jmarkfox.com

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.

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I was excited to get this book because I have been wanting a detailed explanation of how and why the family-integrated model (where families are kept together rather than divided into age-oriented ministries) might be a good way to do church. However, the title was a little bit deceptive. This is a book about the lessons J. Mark Fox has learned from pastoring a church for many years, and that church happens to be one that is family-integrated. This is a good book with valuable lessons for church leadership, but there is very little material in it that actually deals with family integration. If you are looking for a book about general church ministry written by a man who has been in the trenches for the long haul you should read this book. But if you are looking for an in-depth treatment of the family-integrated church model, I suggest you look elsewhere.
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Pastor Fox has written a book that is not only interesting to read, but will challenge some of your most basic and long held beliefs about church on Sunday mornings. Pastor Fox is calling Christians back to a BIBLICAL model of training and discipling children and he desires to see families knit together on Sunday mornings instead of torn apart.

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!
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What is a church like that does not divide families when they come through the front door? What is worship like when children and even infants are present? Can a church survive without "age-segregated programming?" What about a "youth group?" Church leadership? Outreach and missions?

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.
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First off I'm a little biased. The author is the Pastor and one of the elders in my church. I really appreciated how Mark conveyed how the Lord moved the church to the family-intergrated model. It is good advice on the nuts and bolts of how to do church biblically. I think you will appreciate this book and hopefully the Lord will use it to challenge you.

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.
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Mark Fox shares his "recipe" for healthy church growth and encourages readers to return to Scriptural principles as the foundation for church ministry. Through humorous anecdotes, related experiences, and biblical support, Fox challenges his audience to rethink the modern church model. "Family-Integrated Church" is both a book that shares the importance of worshiping as unsegregated families (parents and children worship together)and a guide for considering healthy leadership models. Both pastoral and engaging in his approach, Fox writes from his heart, often humorously, and gives readers a taste of how joyous family-integrated worship truly can be.
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Mark Fox writes an excellent and easy-to-read book for anyone who wants to become introduced to, or more knowledgeable about, the Family-Integrated Church. The book is most certainly not a `how-to' manual, but that speaks to the heart and humility of its author, as he recognizes that family-integrated churches - while having many things in common - will have their own distinct personalities. Beyond that, Mark's premise is simple: create a health family and you will by nature create a healthy church.

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.
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