Family Ministry Today

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


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 [...]

Over-Parenting vs. Missional Parenting

by Derek Brown – May 16

Doug Wolter at Gospel-Centered Discipleship explains the vital difference.

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m an overprotective parent. I have a tendency to overdo it and obsess over the little things that don’t really matter. I guess that’s why I was intrigued by TIME magazine’s cover story a couple of [...]

A New Website from Timothy Paul Jones

by Derek Brown – May 15

Timothy Paul Jones—well known author, speaker, and seminary professor—recently launched his new website,  At the site you can find access to several of Jones’ books and articles from his blog. Below are a few selections from the blog you might find helpful.

Who Decided Which Books [...]

Why Dads are Dead Men Walking

by Derek Brown – May 11

Michael Kelly explains,

At the Together for the Gospel Conference, I heard CJ Mahaney make a remarkable statement:

“Behind every fruitful church is a dying pastor.”

He made this statement while preaching on 2 Corinthians 4, a chapter in which Paul exhorted his readers to not lose heart. The idea behind the statement is one that is [...]

“Fruit Stapling” With Your Kids

by Derek Brown – May 10

Over at the Domestic Kingdom blog, Gloria Furman posted an article on a interesting “gospel activity” she recently enjoyed with her children.  Below is an excerpt from and link to the article.

Ever since Priya Samuel wrote this article I’ve been inspired to look for creative ways to talk with my kids [...]

What a Wife’s Submission is Not

by Derek Brown – May 9

Below is an excerpt and a link to a helpful article in which Paul Tautges clears up a few misconceptions about what is looks like for a wife to submit to her husband.

The Bible’s call to the wife to submit to her husband is one of the most misunderstood and confused areas of the Christian [...]