Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide

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InterVarsity Press, Dec 20, 1999 - Religion - 629 pages
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Voted a 2000 Book of the Year by the Academy of Parish Clergy! In today's fragmented and frenetic world, families face all kinds of pressures. Accordingly, those ministering with families need a multifaceted, well-informed sense of both the Christian purpose of family and the complex world our families inhabit. Writing out of years of experience in the church and academy, Diana Garland here offers just such a broad and comprehensive introduction to this crucially important subject. Family Ministry begins with several chapters placing the family in its modern context, then considers the history of families and their interaction with the church. Having thoroughly contextualized the family and its concerns as they are now understood, Garland dedicates three chapters to biblical understandings of the family. The remaining ten chapters of her book are devoted to the practice of family ministry, including guidance on promoting strong families and dealing with crises such as divorce and spousal abuse. All this, based on careful research and seasoned reflection, makes Family Ministry not only a key text for students of family ministry but also an indispensable guide and resource for pastors and those in the helping professions.
  

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Contents

Introduction
9
LEADING FAMILY MINISTRY
12
Describing Todays Families
22
Conclusion
50
Possibilities and Complexities of an Ecosystemic Approach
81
AfricanAmerican Family Life
96
Section Two The Processes of Family Life
111
Family Development and Family Crisis
138
Jesus Teachings by Word and Example
322
Family Images for Christ God and Gods People
329
Conclusions
342
Family Life Has Fruit to Bear
352
Section Five Planning Leading Family Ministry 36 7
367
Equipping and Supporting Families in Ministry
385
Leadership in Family Ministry
399
Processes of Congregational and Community Assessment
412

Creative Uses of Anger
153
Implications for Family Ministry
169
Power in Marriage Today
195
Family Rituals
209
Rituals of Redemption
227
Themes of Family Strength
244
A Socioeconomic History of
251
The Industrial Revolution and Beyond
261
The American Family at the Turn of the Millennium
272
Marriage as Sacrament
278
The Enlightenment
289
Conclusions
296
Biblical Definitions of Family
305
Methods of Community Assessment
436
Defining Salient Ministry Possibilities
451
Congregational Life as Family Ministry
466
Conclusions
480
Family Advocacy
498
Beyond Family Life Education
514
Section Six Ministry with Specific Family Relationships
515
Marriage 8c Divorce
531
Parents Children
558
Siblings
576
When the Crisis Is Family Violence
592
References
607
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Diana R. Garland is Dean of the School of Social Work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her other books include Sacred Stories of Ordinary Families, Church Social Work (editor) and Beyond Companionship: Christians in Marriage (with David Garland).

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