This Week’s Giveaway: Two Books on Family Ministry

Thanks to the generosity of B&H Academic, we have two more great books to give away this week. This time, they’re both focused on the importance of families, ministering to the families in our churches today, and even seeing the church itself as a family: Perspectives on Family Ministry: Three Views (B&H, 2009) and When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus’ Vision for Authentic Christian Community (B&H, 2009).

Scroll down to see how to enter the giveaway. We’ll be picking one person to win both books, and we’ll announce the winner next Thursday (April 5).

Here are the publisher’s descriptions of the two books.

In Perspectives on Family Ministry, Timothy Paul Jones makes the case that every church is called to some form of family ministry—but what he means by “family ministry” isn’t simply one more program to add to an already-packed schedule! According to Jones, the most effective family ministries involve refocusing every church process to engage parents in the process of discipling their children and to draw family members together instead of pulling them apart.

Jones sets the stage with introductory chapters on the historical contexts and foundations of family ministry. Then, three effective practitioners show clearly how your church can make the transition to family ministry. Paul Renfro (pastor of discipleship at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas) writes in favor of Family-Integrated Ministry, where the emphasis is on intergenerational discipleship. Brandon Shields (minister to high school students at Highview Baptist Church, a multi-site megachurch in Kentucky and Indiana) supports Family-Based Ministry—ministry that organizes programs according to ages and interests but also develops intentional activities and training events to bring families together. Jay Strother (minister to emerging generations at Brentwood Baptist Church in Tennessee) prefers Family-Equipping Ministry, maintaining age-organized ministry while reorganizing the congregation to call parents to become active partners in the discipleship of their children.


Spiritual formation occurs primarily in the context of community. But as the modern cultural norm of what social scientists call “radical American individualism” extends itself, many Christians grow lax in their relational accountability to the church. Faith threatens to become an “I” not “us,” a “my God” not “our God” concern.

When the Church Was a Family calls believers back to the wisdom of the first century, examining the early Christian church from a sociohistorical perspective and applying the findings to the evangelical church in America today. With confidence, author Joseph Hellerman writes intentionally to traditional church leaders and emerging church visionaries alike, believing what is detailed here about Jesus’ original vision for authentic Christian community will deeply satisfy the relational longings of both audiences.

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  1. Gary Sinclair says:

    We’d ereally appreciate these books…as an Eldership who is re-visiting our model of covenant community ministry…

  2. Joanne Viola says:

    Would love these. Would give them to the leader of our children’s ministry as our church recently made the move to design programs for ministering to families. What a task lies ahead for her. Thank you for the opportunity!

  3. Joanne Viola says:

    Already subscribe via email.

  4. Steve Blumer says:

    It’s sad that the church is so far removed from family and community living, that we have to write books to explain it. It’s going to be messy and unstructured! Are we really ready for it? Would love to see what these books say.

  5. Matthew George says:

    I would love to have these books!

  6. Matthew George says:

    I already subscribe to this blog via email.

  7. Matthew George says:

    I liked this post on Facebook.

  8. Salvador Gomez says:

    Please let me have those books!!

  9. Matt Lowe says:

    Already subscribed on email

  10. Matt Lowe says:

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  11. Matt Lowe says:

    My wife and I could really use these as she begins her first (interim) senior pastorate next week!

  12. I would love to have these books!

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  15. Would love these books for our ministry

  16. Adam Triplett says:

    I would love these books as I just had my first baby on Wednesday!!!

  17. Beth Svoboda says:

    I would love to receive these books for our ministry! I already subscribe to this blog via email.

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  23. These books would be great!

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  25. I would love these books, particularly the one by Hellerman!

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  31. michelle meyer says:

    I would like one or both books. Families are important.
    God bless you.

  32. michelle meyer says:

    I liked this on facebook. I am already subscribed. God bless you.

  33. Great books

  34. Lonnie W. Brooks says:

    I would love to win these books, family ministry is important, more so than ever before.

  35. Ned Nugent says:

    Incredible books. Would love to have copies to use here in the ministry!

  36. Jay Richardson says:

    I really would like a copy of these books.

  37. Todd Neighbors says:

    Both books would be great to have.

  38. I would like these books. I liked the post.

  39. Brandon says:

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  42. I would value having these books.

  43. Dwight Gingrich says:

    I would like the books…

  44. Dwight Gingrich says:

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  45. Dwight Gingrich says:

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  46. Nathan Laux says:

    I want to win!

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  50. Nathan Laux says:

    Regular comment… I’d like to win!