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Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples Paperback – May 25, 2011
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About the Author
Timothy Paul Jones is a best-selling and award-winning author of many books, magazine articles, and reference materials. He is senior editor of The Journal of Family Ministry and professor of leadership and church ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was named by Charles W. Colson as one of four "Names You Need to Know."
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For those who wish there could be another choice besides full family integration or the status quo, along comes Timothy Paul Jones with the Family Ministry Field Guide. This book re-frames the discussion of church and family by acknowledging what many in the family-integrated movement want to emphasize,that parents are the primary spiritual leaders of their children,but the book also provides a unique model for ministry: the family-equipping model. The church is not the place where parents drop off their kids for ministry, church becomes instead the place where parents are equipped to disciple their children. Some age-segregation still exists, but the goals have changed. The goals are not entertainment or growth of church programs, but the spiritual development of families, who are being discipled and are reaching out to others.
The principles in Jones' book shine most clearly right in the middle of the book, when he explains on pages 116-117, "This transition is not quick or easy; it can be messy and will take time. If you plan to guide a ministry in the direction of family-equipping, don't think in terms of weeks or months; think years. Think about gradually changing the culture of a ministry so that parental discipleship of children becomes the norm instead of the exception. Parents need telling; parents need training; and parents must make the time -- but none of these needs can be filled instantly. Don't look for the quickest route;look for the pathway that will lead to lasting change."
Dr. Jones puts to right many of the statistical nightmares we hear about so frequently and helps us reframe our perspectives of family ministry by asking insightful questions. He properly directs our gaze toward the gospel in terms of our motivations, goals, and our views of children, youth, and their families.
Not only is this book like having a heart-to-heart with the author, but it is interlaced with excellent questions, team discussion guides, and appendices to assist in developing a family ministry that fits your church. Use this as a field-tested guide to lead you and others into a family ministry that will pass faith on for generations to come.
- See parents disengaging from their children's spiritual development
- See too many students leave for college and drop out of church or
- Who are frustrated with programmed ministries that fail to produce results
This very practical book discusses what families in your church are doing - and not doing with respect to the spiritual training of their children. The main point being that "few parents are actively involved in their children's spiritual development."
The book then goes into what a family-equipping ministry is and why it's worth it: "the process of intentionally and persistently coordinating a ministry's proclamation and practices so that parents are acknowledged, trained, and held accountable as primary disciple-makers in their children's lives."
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Very informative and practical. Family Ministry is definitely biblical and the direction we should strive to lead our peoplePublished 16 months ago by Chris Krueger
This book covers all the basics for turning a church into a gospel centered family emphasizing force. I will keep this handy as I proceed in my pastorate.Published on January 28, 2014 by william weaver
Dr. Jones has provided a wonderful guide to family ministry. If you are in leadership of family, children, or youth ministry, get this book and read it.Published on July 15, 2013 by j25