7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Children's and Student Ministry Leaders  -     By: Michelle Anthony, Megan Marshman
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7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Children's and Student Ministry Leaders

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Discover a fresh perspective on spiritual formation in the lives of kids, teens, and their parents! Written for ministry leaders, this timely resource helps you empower families to take spiritual leadership in the home; form a lifetime faith that transcends childhood beliefs; teach Scripture as the ultimate authority; and make God central to daily living.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781412978
ISBN-13: 9780781412971

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With decades of ministry experience, Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman capture the guiding essentials of life-changing family ministry. These seven essentials for children and student leaders emphasize:

1. Empowering families to take spiritual leadership in the home
2. Forming lifetime faith that transcends childhood beliefs
3. Teaching Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth
4. Understanding the role of the Holy Spirit to teach and transform
5. Engaging every generation in the gospel of God’s redemptive story
6. Making God central in every biblical narrative and daily living
7. Participating in community with like-minded ministry leaders

7 Family Ministry Essentials will energize and equip you with the practical steps, inspirational stories, and biblical foundation you need as you lead those in your ministry.

Author Bio

Dr. Michelle Anthony is the vice president and publisher of learning resources at David C Cook and a popular speaker in the area of family ministry. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story, and Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family. Michelle has graduate degrees in Christian education, Bible and theology as well as over twenty-five years of family ministry experience. Michelle and her husband, Michael are the parents of two adult children and live in Colorado.
 
Megan Marshman is the director of student resources and production for David C Cook and has led and challenged thousands of students in their faith at Hume Lake Christian Camps. With a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific University, Megan speaks nationally at churches, conferences, and university chapels. She and her husband, Randy, live in Long Beach, California.

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    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
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    Practical advice for children's ministry workers on how to reach the families
    July 29, 2015
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    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Think about helping parents become spiritual leaders of their children. Think about how difficult it is in our culture to educate, inspire, and remain faithful to the cause. Now think about what it would look like if Christian parents barely thought about spiritually leading their families through every age and stage of their childs development because it had become second nature. Just think, in one generation, this could change. And you could be a part of this transformation in your churchs culture.

    Book: 7 Family ministry essentials by Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman, David C. Cook, 2015

    Genre: Non-Fiction

    Target Audience: Boys and Girls 18+

    Subjects: Childrens Ministry, Family Ministry, Parenting

    Summary: Family Ministry, Children and Families Pastor, Family Program, these terms are gaining popularity. Our culture has begun to recognize that complete total segregation of ages within church is not the ideal. Weve started to recognize that church ministry leaders who see children 2-4 hours a week can not be the primary spiritual leaders of children instead of their parents. For a few generations those of us in the church have willingly tried to do the role of the parents and the parents have willingly let us. It hasnt worked. More and more children are walking away from the faith when they leave home. So we implement this idea of a family focused ministry. But how does that work? What does it look like? In this book, the authors lay out seven values such a ministry can latch on to and make the focus of the ministry. Some of the ideas are radical and some are just plain practical. Some are a continuance of things many churches are already doing and some are new ideas that few have tried before.

    Notes: The main points the author covers are that a good Family Ministry needs to include the following seven values: Empowering families to take spiritual leadership in the home, forming lifetime faith that transcends childhood beliefs, teaching Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth, understanding the role of the Holy Spirit to teach and transform, engaging every generation in the gospel of Gods redemptive story (of note: one great way to help with this point is to use the Whats In The Bible DVDs they do a great job of presenting the big picture of Gods Grand Redemptive Story all the way through the Bible), making God central in every biblical narrative and daily living, and participating in community with like-minded ministry leaders. Each of these points is explained in very great detail. In fact, there are so many sub-points its almost like each chapter could be its own book! One of my favorite aspects of the book is the end of each chapter. The authors give suggestions for specific activities to apply the lessons in the chapter. It may be a way to evaluate your current ministry and see how effectively it is meeting the needs of those in it or it may be an activity for parents to do with their children.

    From what I gather as I read through this book, one thing to take note of is that the authors present a slightly charismatic approach towards childrens ministry. There are a number of references to feelings and letting the Holy Spirit lead the ministry. There is nothing in the book that is directly contrary to Scripture, it just presents a slight slant towards the charismatic.

    This book could be beneficial for anyone interested in children or family ministry or parenting. It is most useful though for leaders of a childrens ministry program or family ministry program in their churches. Most of the content has to do with changing the whole direction a ministry is heading and is applicable only to the actual leaders of the ministry as opposed to one teacher or one parent who does not have a say in the decision making process. Its benefit for others is the mindset it creates, helping everyone involved in a ministry grasp why it is important to do things in a certain way.

    Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5

    Reviewer: J:-)mi

    Deuteronomy 6:6-9 - These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Helpful tips for even parents to be intentional
    July 16, 2015
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm not in the ministry but I am heavily involved with the children's ministry in our church. I like to read different books like this one just so I can learn more about helping to reach our children with the gospel.

    The book focuses on 7 points:

    Empowering families to take spiritual leadership in the home

    Forming lifetime faith that transcends childhood beliefs

    Teaching Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth

    Understanding the role of the Holy Spirit to teach and transform

    Engaging every generation in the gospel of God's redemptive story

    Making God central in every biblical narrative and daily living

    Participating in community with like-minded ministry leaders

    When I look at what should be integral in a children's ministry or a student ministry, I land on these same points. The thing that I loved the most is that it goes back to families. For so many years, it's been about taking the children away with activities. Now it's more about doing ministry as a family.

    I found that this book is very applicable to parents, as well. It offers very helpful tips on being intentional in the home. I would recommend this book to even moms and dad.

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    I received this book free from David C. Cook and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
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