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The times are definitely changing. What was once simply referred to as a Nuclear Family in North America has morphed into labels such as Non-Traditional Families, Fragmented Families, Single-Parent Families, Gay-Partner Families, Blended Families, and beyond.

"It may not always be pretty, but it is reality, and that's the intersection between biblical ideal and ministry practice," writes editor Michael J. Anthony in A Theology for Family Ministries. With thoroughly researched input from a broad team of family experts, the book advises church and ministry leaders on how to make biblically and philosophically informed choices when reaching out to adults and children within these shifting paradigms. Emphasis is placed on what the Scriptures teach about the composition of the home, followed by discerning and hopefilled strategies for helping all families live out their God-given mandates.

"While the family may continue to change into models that bring discomfort and angst to some of us, we rest in the assurance that God has a plan for those who live in any of these new configurations of what we now call family," explains Anthony.

Other contributors include:
  • Ken Canfield
  • Michelle D. Anthony
  • Karen E. Jones
  • Freddy Cardoza
  • Michael S. Lawson
  • Richard Melick Jr.
  • Curt Hamner
  • Leon Blanchette
  • Gordon R. Coulter
  • James W. Thompson
  • Timothy Paul Jones
  • Randy Stinson
  • Kit Rae
  • David Keehn

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 265
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.69 (inches)
ISBN: 0805464212
ISBN-13: 9780805464214

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The times are definitely changing. What was once simply referred to as a Nuclear Family in North America has morphed into labels such as Non-Traditional Families, Fragmented Families, Single-Parent Families, Gay-Partner Families, Blended Families, and beyond.

"It may not always be pretty, but it is reality, and that's the intersection between biblical ideal and ministry practice," writes editor Michael J. Anthony in A Theology for Family Ministry. 

With thoroughly researched input from a broad team of family experts, the book advises church and ministry leaders on how to make biblically and philosophically informed choices when reaching out to adults and children within these shifting paradigms. Emphasis is placed on what the Scriptures teach about the composition of the home, followed by discerning and hopefilled strategies for helping all families live out their God-given mandates. 

"While the family may continue to change into models that bring discomfort and angst to some of us, we rest in the assurance that God has a plan for those who live in any of these new configurations of what we now call family," explains Anthony. 

Other contributors include Ken Canfield, Michelle D. Anthony, Karen E. Jones, Freddy Cardoza, Michael S. Lawson, Richard Melick Jr., Curt Hamner, Leon Blanchette, Gordon R. Coulter, James W. Thompson, Timothy Paul Jones, Randy Stinson, Kit Rae, and David Keehn.

Author Bio

Michael J. Anthony (Ph.D. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Claremont Graduate School) is currently serving as the president of Hume Ministries located in California. In addition, he is research professor of Christian Education at Biola University/Talbot School of Theology where he served for 27 years. He has been the president of the North American Professors of Christian Education on three occasions.

Dr. Michelle Anthony is family ministry ambassador at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, CA., and family ministry architect for David C. Cook. She earned her B.A. from Biola University in Christian Education and her M.A. in Christian Education with an emphasis in Theology from Talbot Theological Seminary. She also earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Southern Seminary. She has written over a dozen resources in Children's/Youth ministries and Christian education and enjoys teaching, speaking, and serving in missions abroad.

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    Family ministry is one of the hardest yet most rewarding calling a person can have. For family ministry not just towards what age group but children, teenagers, and parents/guardians. Furthermore since the nuclear family has changed in North America and non traditional families have become as common as traditional ones, family ministry can be a minefield waiting to happen. Therefore one of the most helpful books I have come across, a long time, with regards to family ministry is, a theology for family Ministries. This work by Michael and Michelle Anthony is a plethora of helpful knowledge. While the Anthonys act as editors to this work, each chapter is written by a person who is knee-deep in family ministry. This book is broken down into three units. The first one details the history as well as the current state of what is considered the new your family in North America. This unit is followed by a multitude of chapters dealing with forming a theology for family ministry. In this unit each of the chapters help a person build practical plan for pursuing families to minister to as well as to Amanda lies. The third and final units deals with how family ministry should be done in the local church. All the previous dealt with more theoretical with practical application, this final unit is all practical.

    While it may seem like each of these chapters is too short to deal with the complex subject that they are tasked with, they are written in such a way that they can be skimmed in a quick read before diving into a more dedicated study in a different work by the author who wrote that specific chapter. While there are a few issues I disagree with in this work, as a whole this work is beneficial to anyone who is in family ministry, or desires to have their Church be more family ministry oriented. I highly recommend it.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from B&H Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

    A Theology for Family Ministry

    2011 by Michael and Michelle Anthony

    Publisher: B&H Academic

    Page Count: 304 Pages

    ISBN: 978-0805464214
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