Family Ministry Today

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


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 [...]

Rejoice in the Wife of Your Youth

by Derek Brown – Jun 7

A good word from Ray Ortlund.

“Rejoice in the wife of your youth.”  Proverbs 5:18

It does not say, “Rejoice in your young wife,” though that is biblical and delightful (Deuteronomy 24:5).  It says, “Rejoice in the wife of your youth” — that girl you married when [...]

Teaching Christology to 5-Year-Olds

by Derek Brown – Jun 6

This is how Gloria Furman at Domestic Kingdom redeems play time with her little girls.

The other day I caught my 5-year-old coloring belly buttons onto the midriffs of characters in her children’s Bible.

One of the illustrations in her children’s Bible depicted a belly button-less Jesus, which she aptly amended with a green [...]

Raising Gospel-Centered Children

by Derek Brown – Jun 5

Luma Simms, writing at Gospel-Centered Discipleship, encourages parents to make Jesus, not their children, the focus of their parenting.

When Jesus instructs us to go out and make disciples of all nations, that includes our children—our closest disciples. Of course, discipleship should not end in the home, but our families are our most naturally-authentic [...]

Five Reasons Not to do Family Ministry

by Derek Brown – Jun 4

Rob Rienow at Visionary Family Ministries provides a few bad reasons for developing family ministry in your church.

Many churches are jumping on the Holy Spirit powered reformation of family ministry. Unfortunately, some are exploring family ministry for the wrong reasons. Here are five reasons NOT to build a family ministry in your [...]

What Are Ten Practical Ways to Serve Your Wife?

by Derek Brown – May 29

Brian Croft answers:

Husbands, here is some very practical advice on ways to communicate love to your wife.  This is what I shared at the men’s luncheon on Monday at the Berean Baptist Church Marriage Conference and we had a great discussion about them.  Use them as a template to know how to best [...]

Resources for Developing Family Ministry in Your Church

by Derek Brown – May 28 recently two helpful resources on their website that seek to “empower children and parents to learn, worship, and serve together.”

The first resource is an article from Holly Allen–Director of Child and Family Studies at John Brown University–entitled, “Bringing the Generations [...]

The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry 2.2 – Motherhood

by Jason Coobs – May 18

We are excited to announce that the latest issue of The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry will soon be available.  Below is the table of contents of our upcoming installment that will focus on the issue of motherhood. If you are interested in receiving a copy [...]

Balancing Ministry and Family

by Derek Brown – May 17

Wise words from pastor David Sunday at The Gospel Coalition.

“What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matt. 19:6b).

When Jesus spoke those words, he was referring to marriage. But in the wisdom of God, these words also apply to the relationship between our families and our ministries.

As my friend Mike [...]