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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House; 5/16/11 edition (May 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898274575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898274578
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joel S. Frady on December 28, 2011
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In recent years there has been a movement for family-integrated ministry in the local church. This movement addresses the failure of present youth ministry models by advocating the elimination of age segregation in churches. For some in this movement, youth ministry is the problem plaguing churches, while others take a more measured approach,but still advocate the family-integrated view as being preferable to modern youth ministry.

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."
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Of all the books on family ministry available right now, Family Ministry Field Guide is a must-have resource. Dr. Timothy Paul Jones skillfully synchronizes a biblical view of the natural family, the faith family, and a passion for bringing generations together to see the gospel of Jesus Christ passed on to children yet to be born.

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.
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The book was written by a professor of leadership and church ministry with experience in youth ministry. He wrote the book for church leaders who:
- 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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Dr. Jones is the best family minister. In many cases, many ministers easily think that the church needs a new way in order to become a family ministry church. However, family ministry is not about a method, but about a mind for the gospel. In this respect, this book is good for your family ministry. Remember. Family ministry does not mean a special and sensational methods for ministry. Family ministry is the accomplishment of the gospel in our homes and the gospel must be spread to others. Dr. Jones' family ministry is written on the basis of the verse, Duet 6:4 and moves toward the verse Matt 28:18-20 in our families.
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As both a children's minister and a teacher of children's ministry I found this book challenging, and at the same time, addressing the very needs I have felt in the field. If I could I would buy it for every pastor, children's pastor, and parent that I know (quite a few). Sadly I can't. I will be buying a few copies for the library of the seminary I teach at and for a few pastors. If you are on the fence about purchasing this book, take the plunge. You won't regret it.
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There has been a lot of discussion as of late regarding the importance of parents as the primary disciple-makers of their children/teens. Largely because of Jones' book here I've come to think that this discussion has often missed the mark. The rhetoric I've observed has largely gone something like this, "parents are the primary disciple-makers of children, and we want to make sure we convince them of this." However, he highlights well that most parents are already convinced of this truth and we do little to help them by bringing further emphasis to this truth. Where the real discussion should be happening is this: how do we EQUIP parents to succeed in their discipling of their children? A lack of clarity over who is the primary discipler is not the issue, the issue is simply pragmatic: how can we help parents in discipling their kids? Toward this end Jones has toiled on this resource. I'd recommend it for anyone within church leadership. Big takeaway? Don't just tell parents they are primary disciple-makers, equip them to maximize this role for God's glory.

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