family ministry

Family Ministry: The D6 Conference Celebrates Six Years

October 13, 2014

D6 launched its first family ministry conference in 2009. Six years later, the D6 Conference has developed into a global community of leaders who are forming the future of family ministry. I’ve been privileged to partner with D6 since 2010, […]

Family Ministry: Join Me for Free Dinner and Family Ministry Forum at D6 Conference in Louisville

September 28, 2014

Are you planning to attend the D6 Conference in Louisville? While you’re enjoying D6 Louisville, the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary wants: * to take you to dinner, * to provide […]

Family Ministry: The First Step Toward Launching Your Church’s Family Ministry

August 20, 2014

Strangely enough, the hardest first step toward family-equipping ministry for most churches is not an organizational step. The hardest step and the first step, when a church catches the vision for family ministry, is to draw the staff together to […]

Family Ministry: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Way We Teach Our Children

To have a biblical worldview is to interpret every aspect of our lives—including our relationships with children—within the framework of God’s story. At the center of God’s story stands this singular act: In Jesus Christ, God personally intersected human history […]

Leadership: Three Crucial Priorities for Shepherd Leaders

A couple of years ago, an individual who thought he might be called to pastoral ministry informed me, “I love to teach, and I want to preach—but I can’t stand people.” He went on to describe his dream position: to […]

Family Ministry: Learning to Do Less So That Parents Can Do More

Parents in your ministry don’t have time to disciple their children—or, at least, that’s the way many of them feel when they look at their weekly to-do lists. According to recent research in the field of family ministry, half of […]

Family Ministry: In Praise of Inefficiency

I saw something beautiful the other day while walking down Breckenridge Lane. In a front yard not far from my home, a young mother was removing a layer of leftover leaves from the fall in preparation for planting spring flowers—an […]

Family Ministry: Three Motivations to Avoid

Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written recently on various facets of parenting. He encourages parents to avoid three specific motivations: ambition, fear and pride. He concludes: Parenting is the most enjoyable and exhilarating responsibility I […]

Family Ministry: Training to Launch Your Church’s Family Ministry

Have you ever wondered how to promote a family ministry model in your church? Perhaps you’re just curious about what family ministry is all about. Whether you’re ready to dive in or just testing the waters, RightNow Media and I […]

Family Ministry: How Paul’s Teachings About the Family Apply Today

Not long ago, I shared with some thoughts about how Christians can apply Paul’s teaching in their homes. Paul established a priority-changing paradigm for marriages and families in Ephesians 5 and 6. He invited parents to view their task […]

Family Ministry: How Pastors Can Care for Their Children

Chap Bettis, executive director of The Apollos Project, previously wrote on ways in which church members can participate in the task of helping pastors shepherd their children. In a recent post, he directly engages pastors and offers practical ways to help them […]

Family Ministry: Caring for Your Pastor’s Kids

March 18, 2014
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Chap Betts, executive director of The Apollos Project, provides a grace-saturated way to encourage your pastor and minister to his children. He states: “Too many children of pastors are casualties in the spiritual battle. After seeing the inner workings of the […]

Family Ministry: Growth, Retention, and Gospel-Motivated Ministry

Sometimes, when a ministry makes much of Jesus and the gospel, the results do include numeric gains or stellar retention rates. Seven weeks after Jesus erupted alive from a garden tomb, three thousand women and men confessed Jesus as the […]

Family Ministry: Family Discipleship in the Middle Ages and Reformation

With the dawning of imperial favor in the early fourth century and the crumbling of the Roman Empire in the fifth, the primary locus of Christian practice drifted from homes to dedicated institutional structures. Especially in the early Middle Ages, […]

Family Ministry: An Ancient Christian Perspective on Family Ministry

January 13, 2014
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This model for family ministry not only began before Paul’s generation but also persisted far beyond the lifetimes of the first followers of Jesus. Didache and Letter of Barnabas provide summaries of Christian practices that date to the first and […]

Family Ministry: Building a Biblical Model for Your Church’s Family Ministry

December 30, 2013
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So what does it mean to build a family ministry model for your church? And how can we be certain our model is biblical? Taking a moment to consider the meaning of a “model” in other fields of study may […]

Family Ministry: When Inviting Parents Isn’t Enough

December 23, 2013
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How can your ministry equip parents with the resources they need? In the first place, help parents to see that if they are believers in Jesus Christ, God has already equipped them with his Spirit, his Word, and the community […]

Family Ministry: Why Going Far Requires Us First to Go Near

December 16, 2013
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Family ministry is not a series of activities. Family-equipping ministry in particular flows out of an identity that begins in the homes of ministry leaders. But this doesn’t mean that equipping families should become the identity that drives our ministry. […]

Family Ministry: Your Children and the Hobbit Films

December 13, 2013
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With the much anticipated release of the newest Hobbit film, parents might be asking, “Is this movie okay for my children?” It’s a legitimate question to ask. In a recent interview with Mike Nappa, I walk through various facets of […]

Family Ministry: Thinking About Moving Your Ministry in a More Family-Friendly Direction?

December 12, 2013
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So you’re thinking about moving your ministry in a more family-friendly direction? Perhaps you’ve watched one too many Christian parents disengage from their children’s spiritual development and you’re looking for some tools to turn this trend around. Perhaps you’ve seen […]

Family Ministry: Stop Inviting and Start Involving

December 9, 2013
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Without thinking too hard, you could probably tell me exactly who they are. In many smaller and mid-sized ministries, you wouldn’t even need two hands to tally them. What we’re talking about are the parents who will actually be present […]

Family Ministry: What Happens When Youth Ministers Work With Parents?

  John Pond is pastor of students at West Jackson Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee recently provided some engaging thoughts on the value of youth ministers working with parents. He offers four practical things youth ministers can start doing to […]

Family Ministry: Family Ministry is Not the Answer to Your Church’s Problems

December 2, 2013
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Although the concepts behind family ministry are far from new, church-based family ministry has turned trendy in some circles over the past few years. After decades on the back burner of congregational life, family ministry has suddenly become a hot […]

Family Ministry: Do Parents Take Over Where You Left Off?

  The youth head to camp, or a retreat or perhaps a mission trip. When they return, they’re sleep-deprived, hyper-caffeinated, and ready to change the world. But beyond the babbling summary that mom or dad receives on the car-ride home, […]

Family Ministry: What Are Faith-Talks and Why Do They Matter?

November 18, 2013
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::WHY FAITH-TALKS?:: The purpose of faith-talks is to restore Christian parents to their God-ordained role as teachers of God’s Word in their children’s lives. Your ministry may choose some term other than faith-talks, of course. “Family devotions” might communicate the […]