Is your church unintentionally hurting families? Put another way, is your church equipping parents to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord? If not, your church is hurting families without even intending to.

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is passionate about helping local churches to think more biblically about family ministry. That’s why Dr. Timothy Paul Jones and Dr. Randy Stinson have partnered with family-ministry practitioners to develop a comprehensive paradigm—known as the Family Equipping Ministry Model—to revolutionize the ministries in your church.

The Family Equipping Ministry Model begins with this biblical assumption: God has called parents to serve as primary disciple-makers in their children’s lives (Deut. 6:4-9; 11:18-21; Psa. 78:5; Eph. 6:4). The Family Equipping Ministry Model is not simply one more add-on to your present ministries. Family-equipping ministry is a process of realigning a congregation’s proclamation and practices so that parents—especially fathers—are acknowledged, trained, and held accountable as persons primarily responsible for their children’s discipleship. The Family Equipping Ministry Model does not do away with youth ministers or children’s ministers. Instead, this model reorients every ministry to partner with parents in the task of discipleship.

This website is your source for information about how to guide your congregation toward a Family Equipping Ministry Model. Here, you will find family-equipping articles, videos, and slideshows—all of them free, and all of them focused on helping you to develop family-equipping ministry in your church.



Dr. Timothy Paul Jones

C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry (2007); Editor of The Journal of Family Ministry & Discipleship; Associate Vice President for Online and Extension Education at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.