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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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- 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."
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.