Family Community MinistriesThe Journal of Family and Community Ministries: Resources for Christian Leaders (JFCM) is an online, peer-reviewed journal that provides research-based articles to congregational and ministry leaders as they seek to serve others locally and globally. All articles published by JFCM undergo a rigorous peer-review process to ensure the quality of the publication and trustworthiness of the content for congregational leaders. http://www.familyandcommunityministries.org/ 

The Fuller Youth Institute's website http://stickyfaith.org/ offers many resources and articles to keep teens, parents, and youth workers connected.  The article entitled, Conversations between Parents and Teenagers by Susan Oh Cha and Yumi Bryana Cha offers some practical advise to help parents and their teens keep the communication lines open. 

Submitted by Zachariah Ellis 

Conversations between Parents and Teenagers

Conversations between Parents and Teenagers

 

Army Family Team Building empowers individuals, maximizing their personal growth and professional AFTB Mission Statement
development through specialized training, transforming our community into a resilient and strong 
foundation meeting today's military mission.

 

Parent to parent Forums are gatherings for parents where they can talk about the challenges, successes and funny moments of parenting. This can be segregated by the ages of the children or it can be mixed up to allow for more seasoned parents to share from their experience. This is a specific time to celebrate the spiritual formation taking place in both children and parents, but also a time to look for the next step in spiritual growth. 

Courtesy Nancy Song Stears

Photo by Jarrett Campbell http://www.flickr.com/photos/wjarrettc/  The website Family Zone provides a number of helpful ideas for families but also a place to connect with people who submit ideas and seek support for families in the local community

http://familyzone.us/

Dean Blevins

Photo by Jarrett Campbell http://www.flickr.com/photos/wjarrettc/


Pearson Family EducationWelcome to Family Education Network, the best of the Internet's content, resources, and shopping for parents, teachers, and kids. Launched in September, 2000, the company's mission is to be an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students of all ages take control of their learning and make it part of their everyday lives. http://www.familyeducation.com/home/ 

Read more: Family Education Portal

Four times a year organize a date night for families with young children. The parents don’t have to go on the dates together- meaning couples can decide individually what they want to do. Recruit other members of the church, seniors, teenagers, empty nesters, to serve as babysitters for the night. Families will check their children in at the church for an evening off! This allows multi-generational interaction and a great way to get away for parents that might not be able to do so for a variety of reasons.

Building Strong FamiliesThe Building Strong Families: Challenges and Choices program helps families find their strengths, build on those strengths, and learn skills to create stronger families, improve relationships, and increase communication. The program covers 13 topics and uses hands-on activities to involve participants. http://extension.missouri.edu/bsf/ 

Holy Catterton Aparent childllen offers a range of educational arguments and ideas for intergeneraltional learning in this PDF article  http://www.faithformationlearningexchange.net/uploads/5/2/4/6/5246709/bringing_the_generations_together_-_allen.pdf

The Harvard Family Research Project states "We are committed to meeting the growing demand for information on effective ways to support family involvement in children’s learning and development. We promote strategies that support children’s learning in school, at home, and in the community."  
http://www.hfrp.org/family-involvement/overview
The site includes the Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) 

Since Family Ministries is an emerging "new" field in church ministry, it is important to define various models that are used in churches today. They reflect both the diversity and priorities of various church philosophies. Here is an overview of the most common approaches. 

Patheos Family Patheos Family offers insights that include a number of blog posts by different parents and other leaders concerning the family at http://www.patheos.com/Family.html


Rotating Saturday night fellowship dinners:  Families are invited, but so is everyone (seniors, widows, singles, single mothers, children, youth).  This can be an activity initiated by someone at a church (pastor, associate, family pastor, youth pastor).  Place an announcement asking for people from the church to who would be willing to host a meal.

Read more: Rotating Saturday night fellowship dinners

Hardy TksgivingThe Pew Research Center recently reported that just 51 percent of U.S. adults are married, a record low, and that the number of new marriages declined 5 percent from 2009 to 2010.

But those people questioning whether the institution can still work for them may want to have a little faith – or, even better, share faith with their partner.

Read more: Happily ever after: Shared faith linked to kinder, gentler marriages

Search Institute PDF states: The Building Strong Families poll found that parents often “go it alone.” That is, they do not regularly seek support from family, friends, or community resources. However, research shows that having a network of support helps to strengthen families, and having support from others is associated with positive outcomes for both parents and children. http://www.search-institute.org/system/files/SocialSupportforParents.pdf


Blog post that includes a special liturgy that connects local church to families with special children http://www.d6family.com/articles/d6toallfamilies

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