The Modern Family & the Family of God
By any statistical measure, the modern family is a mess. According to statistics in the The State of Our Unions: 2012, more than 60 percent of couples now cohabit prior to their first marriage. The average married couple faces a 40-50 percent chance of getting divorced. Forty-one percent of all childbirths are nonmarital. And 26 percent of children live with only one of their biological parents. These realities have a negative impact on the parties involved, especially the children.
The Winter 2014 issue of Enrichment examines how the Church — the family of God — should minister in the context of the modern family. Articles lay out best practices that move couples toward the ideal: healthy marriages and healthy families. However, they also address how the local church should minister in the context of divorce, blended families, single-parent households, and other situations.
The issue includes engaging articles by Joe Butler, Ron R. Deal, Diana R. Garland, Don Lichi, Elizabeth Marquardt, Robert S. Paul, Jane Richard, Rob Rienow, Mark E. Strong, W. Bradford Wilcox, and others.
We trust this issue will help you address the unique challenges and opportunities the modern family poses to the family of God.
George Paul Wood
Elizabeth Marquardt and W. Bradford Wilcox
Two leading family scholars discuss the state of marriage and family in America.
Diana R. Garland
By helping Christians become family for one another, the church points to the good news that “in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.”
Susan and Dale Mathis
A Christ-centered marriage is more than a covenant agreement made before God to live together, serve one another, and remain faithful to each other. It is God’s plan to make a couple all He intends them to be.
Robert S. Paul
As you teach and preach on healthy marriage, and as you counsel couples needing to build strong marriages, look for ways to share these key characteristics.
The heart of a Bible-driven family ministry is not more spiritual training happening in the church, but more spiritual training happening in every Christian home.
Jane D. Richard
How can churches reach out to individuals and families who are hurting as they experience the heartbreak of divorce? Here are some best practices by churches that are reaching out to the divorced.
Ron L. Deal
Stepfamilies, sometimes called blended families, are quickly becoming the new traditional family in America. Here are 11 practical ministry suggestions that smart pastors can use to equip blended families for healthy Christian living.
Mark E. Strong
The single-mother household is a present and growing reality, and the church must be prepared to minister to this family unit. Here is how.
Pastors have a unique opportunity to attract and positively influence single adults. Here are specific strategies pastors can employ to build a single-adult friendly church.
Church leaders must do more than nod in agreement that the redemption of the fatherless is important. They must lead the church to own its biblical responsibility to redeem the fatherless.
Joe N. Butler
By assessing three key areas of your church — your place, your people, and your programs — you can help make your church accessible for families with disabilities.
Interview with Rick Cole
Could it be that our convictions are well placed, but our methods are ineffective?
EJ Online for 2014 - Winter
- Nine Steps to Pastors Finishing Well
- Parenting: A Tough Business
- The Characteristics of Pentecostal Preaching, Part 2
- The Path of Humility: What a Lowly Pirate Has in Common With Isaiah and Paul
- Growing Disciples Organically: The Jesus Method of Spiritual Formation
- Power in Your Mouth (Part 2)
Richard Davis and Paul Franks
The fact non-Christians would deny Adam and Eve’s existence is not surprising, but the growing trend within the Christian community is to do the same.
Since networking is part of the very nature of the kingdom of God, to operate successfully in it you must have good networking skills.
MANAGING THE MAYHEM OF MINISTRY
LEAD LONG … LEAD STRONG
DEALING WITH DOUBTERS
MINISTRY & MEDICAL ETHICS
Christina M.H. Powell
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The Next 100 Years...
In 2014, the Assemblies of God enters its centennial. Rather than asking our authors to take a retrospective look into our Fellowship's past, we asked them to take a prospective look into our Fellowship's future. Should the Lord tarry, what are the things the AG needs to do to better accomplish our four reasons for being: evangelism, worship, discipleship, and compassion? Our authors — all respected leaders within the Fellowship — offer their answers to this important question.