“Family Ministry Field Guide” – Discussion & Giveaway!!!

Keith Tusing September 12, 2011 10

Family Ministry Field Guide   Discussion & Giveaway!!! Children\s Ministry YouthThis week at CM Buzz we are going to take an extended look at “Family Ministry Field Guide” – how your church can equip parents to make disciples. This is a NEW book written by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones and for the next few days we are going to discuss excerpts from the book.  Why?  Well, the term “Family Ministry” has become the topic de jour among Children’ s Ministry and Youth Ministry everywhere.  Also, we have THREE copies to GIVEAWAY!

“Family Ministry Field Guide” has some incredibly thought provoking content along with practical steps every ministry could take to help parents disciple their children. Let’s start with the question: What is Family Ministry, anyway? This is a question that persists as more and more churches “jump on the bandwagon” of Family Ministry.  It is a question that deserves an answer and the answer will drive how each church approaches the concept.  Dr. Jones offers his definition which is based on “ministry experience, research, and discussion with churches all over the world.”

“Family Ministry: 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.

Starting with this definition Dr. Jones begins to take us on a journey with questions that need answers. If our goal is to not simply tack on a “new” ministry or jump into the “popular program” of the day then “Family Ministry Field Guide” can be a significant tool in helping shape a ministry that will truly aid parents and families.

Today we begin the discussion.  How would you define Family Ministry? or What do you think of Dr. Timothy Paul Jones definition of Family Ministry?

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  1. Amie Croteau September 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I agree with Dr. Timothy Paul Jones. It is a team effort of training up the parents to disciple their kids, and to take both kids and parents hand in hand, while they begin their walk with Christ.

  2. Keith September 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    You are right. We as leaders have to do a better job of training parents if we want to see different results.

  3. Daniel September 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I think the main point of the definition of “Family Ministry” is realizing that the parents are the primary Bible teachers and disciple makers in the family. We as children’s ministry leaders just don’t spend enough time with the children to really disciple them. Family ministry is us figuring out how we can help the parents be the primary disciplers in the family. I am not say that we should get rid of all children’s Pastor’s, that would out me out of the job :) I do believe that the leaders of the Church should team up with the Parents in discipling the children. The church is here to equip the parents and to build up the family. That includes giving parents resources to have devotions or Bible studies in the home, to let them be involved with the children’s ministry and to be able to do ministry with their children, through service projects and other things

  4. Candi Cussen September 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    I like the way he phrased the first part:  ”intentionally and persistently”.  It’s not going to “just happen”.  We need to make it an integral part of how we train parents (with intentionality).  Then not just do it once and say that we’ve covered that already.  But we keep at it (persistently).  

  5. Vanessa September 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    That is a good, thorough definition for family ministry. It acknowledges the primary role of the family in disciple-making. I think family ministry involves partnering with parents and equipping them to fulfill that role in their child’s life, providing encouragement and support along the way.

  6. Brian September 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    The definition is outstanding. Family ministry has to be the regular, intentional training of parents in order to make it real. It isn’t just a program that is added, it is something that permeates the entire church culture.

  7. Tiffany Barker September 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    I would define “Family Ministry” as partnering with parents, giving them tools and training to be the spiritual leadership in their child’s life.  

    I love that the definition given says that parents are the primary disciple-makers in their children’s lives. 

  8. Keith September 12, 2011 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    I totally agree with the words “intentionally and persistently” being the key.  Too often we do things for a brief period and move on to something “new.”

  9. Eric Haynes September 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    I like the definition, though I’m curious what some of the newly seeking families that come to our church on any given Sunday would respond to the thought of being held accountable to their children’s spiritual discipline…many of these parents are still trying to figure that out for themselves, let alone their kids.

  10. Keith September 13, 2011 at 8:05 am - Reply

    I have different expectations and conversations with parents that are new to the church as compared to those families that are actively involved on a regular basis.

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