The Essential Guide to Family Ministry: A practical guide for church-based family workers

The Essential Guide to Family Ministry: A practical guide for church-based family workers

Author : Gail Adcock
£8.99

A comprehensive foundation for those working in the increasingly complex and diverse area of ministry with families, The Essential Guide to Family Ministry presents an overview of contemporary family life, sets out the principles that underpin this work and offers strategic and practical approaches to working with families.

An essential read for all who are involved in this field and passionate about seeing God’s kingdom come in families, churches and communities.

Title The Essential Guide to Family Ministry: A practical guide for church-based family workers
Author Gail Adcock
Description

A comprehensive foundation for those working in the increasingly complex and diverse area of ministry with families, The Essential Guide to Family Ministry presents an overview of contemporary family life, sets out the principles that underpin this work and offers strategic and practical approaches to working with families.

An essential read for all who are involved in this field and passionate about seeing God’s kingdom come in families, churches and communities.

Details
  • Product code: 9780857465788
  • Published: 24 January 2020
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • Dimensions: 148mm wide and 210mm high

A comprehensive foundation for those working in the increasingly complex and diverse area of ministry with families, The Essential Guide to Family Ministry presents an overview of contemporary family life, sets out the principles that underpin this work and offers strategic and practical approaches to working with families.

An essential read for all who are involved in this field and passionate about seeing God’s kingdom come in families, churches and communities.

Gail Adcock is Family Ministry Development Officer with the Methodist Church GB, equipping and resourcing those working with families across the UK. She has a primary education background, was family pastor at Stopsley Baptist Church for ten years and completed an MA in Children and Family Ministry in 2013.

Families don’t come in one size – nor does family ministry. In this much-needed book, Adcock lifts the lid on the theological underpinning and practical outworking of ministry with families of all shapes, stages and sizes. She lays out the map of family ministry and invites churches to explore theology and practice before planning their journey of ministry with families of all shapes, stages and sizes. Whether your church is just starting this journey, or has been on it for some time, there is plenty here to refresh your vision, understanding, strategy and practice.
Mary Hawes, National Children and Youth Adviser, Church of England

Gail Adcock’s work is timely in a country facing uncertainty and turbulence, when we need to nurture unity. Scratch the surface, and we find that creating and building family remains of utmost importance to most people across all ages. The author’s emphasis on adopting a family-style intergenerational approach as a priority is prophetic and life-giving, not only for the flourishing of church community, but for the health of society as a whole.
Caroline Dollard, Marriage and Family Life Adviser, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Whether you’re starting out working with families or you’ve been working in the field for a while, this well-researched book of cultural and theological reflection combined with practical wisdom will help you develop impactful ministry with families.
Victoria Beech, creator of GodVenture

Family ministry can be such a nebulous concept for churches to grapple with. What are it’s boundaries? Is there even anything left for the rest of the church leadership to focus on once we’ve listed everything we think the family ministry worker should be doing? In this clear and concise book, Gail Adcock helps churches think theologically and strategically to define family ministry for their setting. A must read for all church leaders as well as their family ministry teams.
Sue Price, Hand in Hand Children’s and Family Ministry Conference Director, Kingsway CLC Trust

Gail’s extensive knowledge and experience offers strong foundational principles and examples of good working practice to resource family ministry. Covering aspects such as the changes within family life and its impact on church life and ministry is helpful to set a base from which the reader would be able to apply the material in a way that is relevant to their context. Whether a leader or church is just starting out or has years of experience, this book will be a valuable addition for use now and to be revisited as it offers such a wealth of material that can be referred back to, enabling family ministry to be reviewed and adapted to ensure it remains effective and relevant whatever the setting.
Jane Butcher, Children and Families Pioneer, BRF