Family Ministry Today

The Center for Christian Family Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Have Our Children Forgotten How to Play Outdoors?

by Derek Brown – Jul 16

As one who loves the outdoors and who also desires to instill that love in my son, I find this article by Albert Mohler to be a helpful reminder to intentionally cultivate in my children a God-centered passion for mountains and streams; for lakes and trails; for bikes and backpacks.  In the [...]

6 Reasons to Resolve Conflict ASAP

by Derek Brown – Jul 2

Resolving conflict in a timely manner is essential for maintaining healthy, Christ-exalting relationships.  Paul Taugue at recently posted a helpful article that highlights the importance of resolving conflicts as soon as possible.  Below is an excerpt from and link to the article.

The Bible is clear. Each of us is a selfish [...]

Resource Recommendation: ‘God’s Love: A Bible Story Book’ by Champ Thornton

by Derek Brown – Jun 27

From the Publisher: In this colorfully illustrated storybook, your children will discover countless examples of God’s love from before creation to the ascension. We pray that this book will encourage your family to develop a new awe for God.

Andy Naselli recently interviewed the Champ [...]

The Latest Installment of the Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry is Now Available

by Derek Brown – Jun 25

We are happy to announce that the latest issue of The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry is now available.  Below you will find the table of contents, a link to a full PDF copy, and information for subscribing to the print version of the [...]

What is One Practical Way a Pastor Can Affirm the Priority of His Family?

by Derek Brown – Jun 19

Brian Croft, writing at, answers:

Keep your phone on during dinner, family devotions, and your day off, then do not answer it when it rings.

I know this may sound silly, but donot underestimate the power of a well-timed unanswered phone [...]

Reflections on Leading Your Family Well

by Derek Brown – Jun 17

Dustin Neeley, writing for The Gospel Coalition, offers some wisdom on balancing family and ministry.

I was lying on the floor pushing Thomas the Tank Engine around his wooden track when I realized my young son had been speaking to me for the past 30 seconds, but I hadn’t listened to a word he had [...]

Heath Lambert Reviews Mark Driscoll’s ‘Real Marriage’ in the Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

by Derek Brown – Jun 13

In the latest installment of the <em><a href=”” target=”_blank”>Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood</a></em>, Heath Lambert provides a thorough review of Mark Driscoll’s recent book, <a href=”” target=”_blank”><em>Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship, and Life Together</em>.</a> Below is an excerpt from the review and a link to the entire article.
<blockquote>The first time I [...]

Three Facts You Need to Know to Launch an Incredible Family Ministry

by Derek Brown – Jun 13

<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-2568″ src=”×95.png” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”95″ /></a>In a recent article at the <a href=”” target=”_blank”>D6 Family Blog</a>, Dr. Timothy Paul Jones provides a few important facts pastors need to know as they develop their church’s family ministry.  Below is an excerpt and a link to the entire article.
<blockquote>The animated feature [...]

Dr. Randy Stinson and Dr. Timothy Paul Jones Teaching at the D6 Family Conference this September 2012

by Derek Brown – Jun 11

From the Website: In just two short words the D6 Conference is about “Family Ministry.” When you take a look at Scripture, it’s difficult to separate God’s plan for discipleship from Family Ministry (and by Family Ministry we mean, churches equipping parents to [...]

In Praise of Inefficiency

by Derek Brown – Jun 8

In a recent blog post, Timothy Paul Jones reflects on the often inefficient nature of family discipleship and how church leaders can embrace inefficiency for sake of the gospel and the good of their people.

I saw something beautiful the other day while walking down Breckenridge Lane. In a front yard [...]