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How to Lead When Your Child Isn’t Thriving

What should you do when you are succeeding as a leader in your church but your own son or daughter isn’t thriving? Casey Gibbons shares her personal home struggles during 20 years of successful ministry. Check out the four hopeful insights she passed along.

Modeling Love to Family and Volunteers

As ministers, it is often easy to sacrifice time with our families for the sake of our ministry. While being called to go out and do the work of the Lord, we must also remember the importance of nurturing the relationships of our families. Some ways to do that is to schedule time to be with our family. This article provides some practical tips that will demonstrate what Valentine's Day is all about to family ... and church volunteers.

Spiritual Parenting

In my ministry career, I have had numerous conversations with parents about the “how-tos” of parenting. The reality is all parents want to do the best they can for their children, but many have not grown up in a healthy or Christian home so they lack the example from their own childhood. Given the right tools, parents will engage in a new way, equipped for the monumental task of raising a child! “Spiritual Parenting” is one of those tools I would recommend for any parent.

7 Family Ministry Essentials

7 Family Ministry Essentials, by Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman, deserves far more praise than I am able to fit in this post. Whether you are a family minister or children’s/youth pastor, there are concepts in this book that will both challenge you and inspire you to grow as a minister. This book also exhibits a unique perspective of what it means to minister to entire families.

Let's Do Family Together

In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven, “there-is-never-enough-time” society, it seems like doing family together is an archaic concept. Despite the access to more modes of communication, families seem to be more divided than ever in the area of time, authentic communication, honor, acceptance, and forgiveness. While there are a wide array of resources written for marriages and family, the content at times seems to be a bit filtered. Dr. Gary Smalley, however, has broken the mold with his new book Let’s Do Family Together.