Family Ministry and The Church

A Leader’s Guide For Ministry Through Families



Chris Shirley and his contributors provide a guide to establish a theological and practical framework for family ministry both inside and outside the church. Dr. Shirley helps the reader discover the role of the church in strengthening families and equipping them for ministry. The writers open a window showing practical steps to provide comprehensive spiritual development for every family member at any life stage. Families today face tremendous cultural and spiritual challenges. This calls for vigilance among the body of Christ and its leaders to build a solid discipleship framework.

This work is an excellent resource for ministry leaders as well as college and seminary students. Topics included in the work are defining family ministry, equipping every member of the family for ministry, the pastor’s leadership, strengthening marriages and parents, equipping grandparents, biblical responses to contemporary family issues, and several more. Chris Shirley is joined in writing this work by the following contributors: Scott Floyd, Brian Haynes, Karen Kennemur, Richard Ross, and Paul Stutz.

Chris Shirley, Ph.D. serves as Associate Professor and Program Director for the Master of Arts in Discipleship and Master of Arts in Student Ministry at Dallas Baptist University (DBU). Prior to his call to DBU, Dr. Shirley taught in the Terry School of Church and Family Ministries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he taught in the discipleship and family ministry area. Dr. Shirley has also served for over 20 years in Christian camping and local churches in North Carolina and Texas. Dr. Shirley is a frequent conference and workshop speaker in a variety of areas: family ministry, men’s discipleship, older adult ministry, adult education, and teacher training. In addition, he has written youth and adult Sunday School curriculum, adult and youth Vacation Bible School literature, and Bible book studies.