This is your “parent support” page, where we try to give you some of the most useful resources you may find helpful for Family Discipleship. There are books to help you wrestle with some key issues that you may be going through or to prepare you for what’s ahead. There is also some information about the vision, goal and methods of our Family Ministry in general.
General Marriage Issues
“Sacred Marriage” by Gary Thomas. This book points us to the central focus of marriage…our relationship with Jesus. Everyone could benefit from reading this one!
“The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. This book will help you to better communicate your love to your spouse and to help you appreciate their love for you.
“Sexual Intimacy In Marriage” by William Cutrer. This book can help couples deal with some difficult-to-discuss issues and grow your marriage
“What Did You Expect?” by Tedd Tripp. This book is great for young couples who are still feeling their way through the early years, and it’s pretty good for the marriage veterans as well.
“Tender Warrior” by Stu Weber. This book deals with biblical manhood as it pertains to fathers and husbands.
“The Exemplary Husband” by Stuart Scott.This book deals primarily with self-sacrificing and leadership needed to be a great husband.
“Every Man’s Battle” by Stephen Arterburn. This book deals with sexual temptations that all men face. This book is good for “every man” to read.
“The Power of a Praying Woman” by Stormie Omartian. This book challenges and encourages women to take their needs, hopes, longings and fears to the Lord in prayer.
“Lies Women Believe” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. This book exposes areas of deception and most commonly believed lies about sin, marriage and emotions. Tells women how they can be delivered from bondage and walk in God’s grace, forgiveness and abundant life.
“Calm My Anxious Heart” by Linda Dillow. A book to help you explore the calmness and contentment promised in Scripture. Discover what the Bible says about contentment and ways to apply it.
“Mom Enough” by Desiring God Ministries, contributors: Rachecl Jankovic, Gloria Furman, etc. This book will help you learn how to treasure God and depend on His all sufficient grace.
“Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full” by Gloria Furman. This book will help to reorient your vision of motherhood around what the Bible teaches. Treasure Christ no matter how busy you are.
“Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp. This is simply put the best parenting book I have ever read. The earlier in the parenting process you read the better, but it’s never too late.
“Dare to Discipline” by James Dobson. This is a great guide to practical parenting from a Christian perspective.
Family Worship/Children’s Discipleship
“Family Worship” by Donal Whitney. This small volume is perfect for those who want to get started worshiping with their family.
“The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New” by Marty Machowski. This is a great book to help you teach the doctrines of the bible to your child
“The Jesus Storybook Bible” by Sally Lloyd-Jones. This is just a great yet simple Bible story book, especially for your preschool children.
“Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Story Book” by Starr Meade. Another great little Bible story book, good for younger children.
“Long Story Short: Ten Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God” by Marty Machowski. This book is just what it says, and is a great book for your older children.
*I know it’s overwhelming when you are looking for books and resources, but a great place to go that has only topnotch books is www.wtsbooks.com/category/886/Marriage-Family
About Family Ministry:
What is Our Goal?
The Goal of our family ministry is: Edifying the Church and Glorifying God by Encouraging, Equipping, and Enabling Family Discipleship.
What is Family Discipleship?
Family Discipleship is the process by which parents intentionally mold their children into becoming like Jesus Christ. This naturally includes bringing them to church, but it includes much more than that. The Family, not the Church, is the primary disciple making mechanism in God’s kingdom, and we understand the duty of the church to support the family in that task. Therefore we will provide the resources and training necessary to partner with families in the discipleship of their children. We also recognize that not every family can provide discipleship for their own children, so the church family will have to play a bigger part in the discipleship of some children other than their own.
How Do We Accomplish Family Discipleship?
There is a scriptural blueprint for discipleship of children laid out in Duet 6:6-7, “”These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. (7) “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” This is the skeleton upon which we build our Family Discipleship Ministry.
We understand the principles from this text to guide us in Family Discipleship: Sitting and Walking Discipleship, Morning and Evening Discipleship, & Transitional Discipleship.
Sitting and Walking Discipleship–
Teach them “when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way”. Sitting and Walking Discipleship describes the discipleship that happens in everyday life, Life Lessons. We have opportunities every day to teach our children the principles and precepts of God’s Word through everyday life. Learn to use the Life Lessons that arise to disciple your children.
Morning and Evening Discipleship-
Teach them “when you lie down and when you rise up”- Morning and Evening Discipleship describes Regular Family Devotions, the intentional and consistent family habit of teaching your children from God’s Word. This can be intimidating for most parents, which is why First Baptist is committed to partnering with you to provide resources and training tools. But it is important that we set aside regular time to teach our children the Bible and pray with them, intentionally bringing Christ into focus as the center of our home.
Even though this principle is not taught explicitly in this passage it is crucial that we recognize the challenges of discipling children through their normal stages of growth and change. In Transitional Discipleship we seek to punctuate life’s crucial events in your child’s life with intentional events and special studies that speak to the changes taking place in their life circumstances.
What is Transitional Family Discipleship?
If the Duet 6:6-7 is our skeleton then the Transitions are the flesh of Family Discipleship. Transitional Family Discipleship gives us a big picture view of where we are going and how to get there.
Becoming a Parent- birth, infancy– Milestone: Parent Child Dedication
Becoming a Christian, 5-9 — Milestone: Baptism & Membership
Becoming an Adolescent, 10-11 — Milestone: Starting Middle School, 5th Grade
Becoming a High School Student, 14-16 — Milestone: Entering High School, 9th Grade, Turning 16, getting driver license and enhanced freedom
Becoming an Adult 18 — Milestone: Graduation, Leaving Home
Becoming a Family- 20’s — Milestone: Engagement, Marriage
How is First Baptist Going to Partner with Families in the Discipleship of their Children?
Discipleship of children is most blessed of God and most effective within the family structure as God designed it to be, therefore we see it as our duty to partner with parents in the discipleship of their children. We aid parents in any way we can while at the same time, not taking the discipleship reigns from them. We do this with three emphases.
Emphasis 1: Encouraging Parents toward Family Discipleship,
We place a high value on Family Discipleship and commend it from the pulpit, in the classroom and in our homes.
Emphasis 2: Equipping Parents for Family Discipleship,
We partner with parents by providing them with the necessary tools and training presenting them in ways that connect with as many parents as possible through multiple delivery mechanisms
Emphasis 3: Enabling Parents in Family Discipleship,
We support family discipleship opportunities by not over filling the schedule for children or adults. Yet we also provide opportunities for parents to “practice” discipleship of their own children through special emphases or events
How can I get involved in service?
We encourage all of our families who have official joined FBC to serve in the nursery ministry. Nursery volunteers are put on a regular rotation so they serve about once every two months.
We have several children’s events throughout the year. There are opportunities to serve in a number of different capacities, some people may set up and break down, clean up, serving food, crowd control, planning etc.
There are plenty of other places to get involved:
- Kids’ Worship Volunteer
- Sunday School Aid
- You could serve on a Committee
- Etowah Baptist Mission Center
- Children’s and Preschool Choirs
- Mission Friends or Children in Action
*For more information or to volunteer just contact Woodie firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN’S AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Easter Egg Hunt
Parent’s Night Out
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
McSpadden Music Camp
Parent’s Night Out
Parent’s Night Out
Parent’s Night Out
9:15 Sunday School
10:30 Morning Worship – KIDS’ WORSHIP
5:30 Training U Session A & Children in Action/Mission Friends
6:20 Training U Session B & Children’s Choir/First Notes Preschool Choir