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Do You Want to Advertise with the Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry?

by Derek Brown – May 8

The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry is the premier professional and academic journal for family ministry and family ministers in local churches.

The Gheens Center for Christian Family Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary publishes two journal issues each year. Each issue is released in printed format to subscribers, then in Amazon Kindle [...]

Book Review: ‘Gospel-Centered Family’ by Ed Moll and Tim Chester

by Derek Brown – May 7

Gospel-Centered Family. By Ed Moll and Tim Chester. Purcellville, VA: The Good Book Company, 2009, 93 pp. $9.99.

In Gospel-Centered Family ̧ authors Ed Moll and Tim Chester seek to find a middle ground between two competing philosophies of parenting : parenting that emphasizes [...]

Book Recommendation: ‘Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus’ by Elise Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson

by Derek Brown – May 2

From the Publisher: All of us want to raise good kids. And we want to be good parents. But what exactly do we mean by “good?” And is “being good” really the point?

Mother-daughter team Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson contend that every [...]

Why We Need Youth Ministry

by Derek Brown – May 1

A helpful post at The Gospel Coalition.

So much of today’s thinking in youth ministry is different than it was 20 years ago. Eating goldfish, iPod incentives, fog machines, and even chubby bunny are being reconsidered as the profession of youth ministry grows up. While it’s easy to find a local youth group [...]

Book Review: ‘Walls: Why Everybody’s Stuck (And Nobody Has to Be)’ by Ryan Rush

by Derek Brown – Apr 30

Walls: Why Everybody’s Stuck (And Nobody Has to Be). By Ryan Rush. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2011, 272 pp. $14.99.

In life, all of us experience debilitating experiences that hinder our spiritual lives, leaving us feeling stuck and with no plan [...]

Resource Recommendation: The Jesus Story Book Bible Curriculum

by Jason Coobs – Apr 25

From the Website: Experience for yourself what all the excitement is about! Based on the award-winning Jesus Storybook Bible, comes the brand new Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum, great for both Sunday School and homeschool use.

Children will love the vivid illustrations and [...]

Podcast with Timothy Paul Jones

by Derek Brown – Apr 25

Timothy Paul Jones recently spoke with Brian Upshaw at the Church and Family Connect podcast about his new book Family Ministry Field Guide and what family ministry should look like in the local church.

You can listen to the podcast here [...]

Book Review: ‘The Legacy Path: Discover Intentional Spiritual Parenting,’ By Brian Haynes

by Derek Brown – Apr 23

The Legacy Path: Discover Intentional Spiritual Parenting. By Brian Haynes. Nashville, TN: Randall House Publications, 2011, 144 pp. $11.99.

Brian Haynes, Lead Pastor at Bay Area Baptist Church in League City, Texas, offers a model for parenting called the “legacy path,” which he defines as [...]

Podcast with Brian Haynes, Part 2

by Derek Brown – Apr 20

Here is another podcast with Brian Haynes on how pastors can help parents disciple their children and teenagers.

Listen to the podcast here.

List to Brian’s earlier podcast here.

Podcast provided by Church and Family Connect.

Podcast with Brian Haynes on Using Milestones in Your Church for Family Discipleship

by Derek Brown – Apr 19

Brian Haynes, Lead Pastor at Bay Area First Baptist Church in League City, Texas and author of Shift: What it Takes to Finally Reach Families Today, and The Legacy Path: Discover Intentional Spiritual Parenting, recently spoke with Brian Upshaw on how to use [...]