Tuesday, June 30, 2015

7 Family Ministry Essentials by Michelle Anthony & Megan Marshman

"7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children's and Student Ministries" by Michelle Anthony & Megan Marshman is a must-read for anyone working in family ministry!

There are 7 main principals presented in this book.
1. Empowering families to take spiritual leadership in the home
2. Forming lifetime faith that transcends childhood beliefs
3. Teaching Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth
4. Understanding the role of the Holy Spirit's power to teach and transform
5. Engaging every generation in the gospel of God's redemptive story
6. Making God central in daily living and every biblical narrative
7. Working with the community to further God's will.

For some, these principals may seem natural, but they often get overlooked. Too many spiritual leaders have fallen by the wayside as morals and values get watered down. Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman explain just how to keep the spark in your children and student ministries!

Chapters end with a Ministry Assessment which consists of ways to challenge and motivate your family ministry leaders.

I found this book to be a wonderfully beneficial book to anyone involved in student or children's ministry. It is quite a heavy read, which makes it difficult to put down and return to later, but I don't think that necessarily reflects on the quality of the book. Also, I felt that these two authors really did their research for this book.

I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion. I rate this book as 4 stars.

About the Authors:

Dr. Michelle Anthony is the vice president of learning resources at David C. Cook, a popular speaker, and the author of "Spiritual Parenting", "The Big God Story" and "Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family." Michelle has graduate degrees in Christian education and theology as well as over twenty-five years of family ministry experience. Michelle and her husband, Michael, are the parents of two adult children and live in Colorado.

Megan Fate Marshman is the director of student resources and production for David C. Cook and has led and challenged thousands of students in their faith at Hume Lake Christian Camps. With a master's degree in organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific University, Megan speaks nationally at churches, conferences, and university chapels. She and her husband, Randy, live in California.

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