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Winter 2014

Current Theme

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.

 

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Theme Articles

The Modern Family and the Family of God
Introduction

George Paul Wood

Interview: The State of Our Unions

Elizabeth Marquardt and W. Bradford Wilcox

Two leading family scholars discuss the state of marriage and family in America.

Family Ministry: Equipping and Supporting Families to Live Faith Together

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.”

A Lighthouse of Love: Creating a Pro-Marriage Culture

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.

8 Habits of Christlike Marriages

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.

Family Worship: The Heart of the Christian Home

Rob Rienow

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.

Ministry to Families in the Wake of Divorce

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.

Equipping Blended Families for Healthy Christian Living

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.

The Other Face in the Picture: Ministry to Single Parent Households

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.

“Family-ing” Single Adults

Dennis Franck

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.

Foster-Care Ministry Matters

Jay Mooney

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.

Making Your Church Accessible: Ministry to Families With Disabilities

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.

Serve, Don't Shout: Ministering to LGBT Families With Love and Compassion

Interview with Rick Cole

Could it be that our convictions are well placed, but our methods are ineffective?

A Final Word

RICK KNOTH

 

EJ Online for 2014 - Winter

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Features

Adam, Eve, and the Gospel

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.

Networking Like Jesus

Joseph Castleberry

Since networking is part of the very nature of the kingdom of God, to operate successfully in it you must have good networking skills.

Column Articles

MANAGING THE MAYHEM OF MINISTRY

Holding Staff and Saints Accountable

Cal LeMon

LEAD LONG … LEAD STRONG

The Art of the Interruption

Scott Hagan

ON PREACHING

Writing Thank You Notes

DOUG GREEN

In Context

Parables

Marc Turnage

DEALING WITH DOUBTERS

“It’s All Relative” and Other Such Absolute Statements: Assessing Relativism

Paul Copan

MINISTRY & MEDICAL ETHICS

Dementia and Caregiving: Remembering Spiritual Needs

Christina M.H. Powell

Q&A for Ministry Wives

Dealing with Depression

Gabriele Rienas

 

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