Family ministry is one of the hardest yet most rewarding calling a person can have. For family ministry not just towards what age group but children, teenagers, and parents/guardians. Furthermore since the nuclear family has changed in North America and non traditional families have become as common as traditional ones, family ministry can be a minefield waiting to happen. Therefore one of the most helpful books I have come across, a long time, with regards to family ministry is, a theology for family Ministries. This work by Michael and Michelle Anthony is a plethora of helpful knowledge. While the Anthony’s act as editors to this work, each chapter is written by a person who is knee-deep in family ministry. This book is broken down into three units. The first one details the history as well as the current state of what is considered the new your family in North America. This unit is followed by a multitude of chapters dealing with forming a theology for family ministry. In this unit each of the chapters help a person build practical plan for pursuing families to minister to as well as to Amanda lies. The third and final units deals with how family ministry should be done in the local church. All the previous dealt with more theoretical with practical application, this final unit is all practical.
While it may seem like each of these chapters is too short to deal with the complex subject that they are tasked with, they are written in such a way that they can be skimmed in a quick read before diving into a more dedicated study in a different work by the author who wrote that specific chapter. While there are a few issues I disagree with in this work, as a whole this work is beneficial to anyone who is in family ministry, or desires to have their Church be more family ministry oriented. I highly recommend it.
This book was provided to me free of charge from B&H Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
A Theology for Family Ministry
© 2011 by Michael and Michelle Anthony
Publisher: B&H Academic
Page Count: 304 Pages