7 Family Ministry Essentials by Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman

With decades of ministry experience, Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman capture the guiding essentials of life-changing family ministry in their new must-read book, 7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries. Their book will energize and equip you with the practical steps, inspirational stories, and biblical foundation you need as you lead those in your ministry.

###

{More about 7 Family Ministry Essentials}

7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries (David C. Cook, June 2015)

With decades of ministry experience, Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman capture the guiding essentials of life-changing family ministry.

These seven essentials for children and student leaders emphasize:

1. Empowering families to take spiritual leadership in the home
2. Forming lifetime faith that transcends childhood beliefs
3. Teaching Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth
4. Understanding the role of the Holy Spirit to teach and transform
5. Engaging every generation in the gospel of God’s redemptive story
6. Making God central in every biblical narrative and daily living
7. Participating in community with like-minded ministry leaders

7 Family Ministry Essentials will energize and equip you with the practical steps, inspirational stories, and biblical foundation you need as you lead those in your ministry.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman

{More About Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman}

DR. MICHELLE ANTHONY is the vice president and publisher of learning resources at David C Cook and a popular speaker in the area of family ministry. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story, and Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family. Michelle has graduate degrees in Christian education, Bible and theology as well as over twenty-five years of family ministry experience. Michelle and her husband, Michael are the parents of two adult children and live in Colorado.

MEGAN MARSHMAN is the director of student resources and production for David C Cook and has led and challenged thousands of students in their faith at Hume Lake Christian Camps. With a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific University, Megan speaks nationally at churches, conferences, and university chapels. She and her husband, Randy, live in Long Beach, California.

Find out more about Michelle Anthony at http://www.davidccook.com/catalog/Detail.cfm?sn=134774.

Press Kit

Click to download the 7 Family Ministry Essentials press kit.

Click to download a Q&A with Michelle and Megan.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Audra Jennings
Litfuse Publicity Group
audra {at} litfusegroup {dot} com
903-874-8363
@litfuse

The ultimate guide to family ministry for today’s generation

Experts offer fresh perspective to help stem the tide of youth departing from the church

5/21/2015 || Seattle: It’s a question church experts are desperate to answer: Why are so many young people leaving the church after high school? More importantly, what can be done to stop it?  Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman write in their new book, 7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries (David C Cook/June 1, 2015/ISBN: 978-0781412971 /$15.99), that ministry leaders must discuss the critical role of family in the formation of faith that will transcend childhood beliefs.

While youth spend the vast majority of their free time with their family rather than the four walls of the church, parents often feel stymied by the distractions and busyness of life and ill-equipped to disciple their children during their formative years. 7 Family Ministry Essentials asserts this is where the church comes in. “While parents are the primary nurturers of their children’s faith, the church plays an essential supportive role to this endeavor,” Marshman explains. “The church can help awaken parents to their God-given roles, helping them see spiritual vitality is the most important aspect of their life and their child’s life.”

With decades of experience in Christian education and ministry, Anthony and Marshman capture the seven guiding essentials of family ministry that will transform lives, the church and the world:

Empowering families to take spiritual leadership in the home

Forming lifetime faith that transcends childhood beliefs

Teaching Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth

Understanding the role of the Holy Spirit to teach and transform

Engaging every generation in the gospel of God’s redemptive story

Making God central in every biblical narrative and daily living

Participating in community with like-minded ministry leaders

7 Family Ministry Essentials is for any leader who wants to see true spiritual formation happen within families of their church but isn’t quite sure where to start. Offering practical steps and inspirational stories, this strategic guide will help leaders equip parents in their congregation to be a vital part of knowing and modeling faith at home and hopefully stop the steady flow of young adults out the church doors. As Anthony says, “To invest in parents is to invest in the lives of young people far beyond the access we will have to influence them.”

In a culture inundated with consumerism Christianity, this handbook offers a new measuring stick to gauge effectiveness in ministry and will be an invaluable resource for pastors and teachers who want to see true spiritual transformation in the next generation.

Learn more about more about 7 Family Ministry Essentials and other ministry resources from the authors at www.davidccook.com

Advance Praise

“In this book, Michelle and Megan offer practical advice to help ministry leaders shape growing ministries and develop amazing leaders. I can guarantee you will be challenged and stretched!”

~ Ryan Frank, CEO of KidzMatter

“There has been no shortage of descriptions of why the church is failing the family, but rarely do we find prescriptions that help a pastoral staff do anything to change it. Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman will not only make you aware of the challenges we face, but inspire you to equip and empower families for lifelong discipleship. I can’t wait to have my staff and seminary students interact with their ideas.”

~ Bill Staffieri, senior pastor, Beachpoint Church, and adjunct professor, Talbot Seminary

“I spent years in ministry trying to be the surrogate family for my students. This book eloquently displays the biblical need of supporting and making the family the central foundation in a student’s life. Megan and Michelle lay an unshakeable, biblical foundation of how to strengthen the families in your ministry.”

~ Evan Liewer, director of youth and young adults, Forest Home Christian Camp and Conference Centers

About the Authors

Dr. Michelle Anthony is the vice president and publisher of learning resources at David C Cook and a popular speaker in the area of family ministry. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story and Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family. 

Anthony has graduate degrees in Christian education, Bible and theology, as well as more than 25 years of family ministry experience. Anthony and her husband, Michael, are the parents of two adult children and live in Colorado.

Learn more about Michelle Anthony at www.michelleanthony.org, on Facebook or by following her on Twitter.

Megan Marshman is the director of student resources and production for David C Cook and has led and challenged thousands of students in their faith at Hume Lake Christian Camps.

With a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific University, Marshman speaks nationally at churches, conferences and university chapels. She and her husband, Randy, live in Long Beach, California.

Learn more about Megan Marshman at www.meganfate.com, on Facebook or by following her on Twitter.

Suggested interview questions

—Why do you think 7 Family Ministry Essentials is such an important book for the times in which we live?

—What do you see as the greatest threat to families in the church today?

—7 Family Ministry Essentials call for a strategy change for children’s and student ministries. What are some of the most common practices that need to be changed in these ministries?

—There has been a mass exodus of young people from the church in recent years. What are some of the reasons behind this trend?

—What role do parents play in raising young people who fully live out their faith, and how much responsibility should fall on the church?

—What is the number-one challenge pastors and church leaders are up against when it comes to ministering to families effectively?

—Can you explain what you mean by writing that family ministry is the means to the Gospel, not the end?

—Why are parents quick to pick up a book about potty training or discipline, but they’re hesitant to try to learn about how to teach their children spiritual discipleship? How can ministry leaders help them overcome their fears?

—What are some practical ways parents can make spiritual deposits into their child’s life?

—What is the difference between Christian education and spiritual formation?

—Michelle, you recently had the opportunity to ask your son about his spiritual formation. What answers did he share that surprised you?

—How can a youth or children’s minister foster the leadership a parent should have in his or her family, if that parent is overwhelmed and spiritually immature himself or herself?

—When one thinks about the state of the family, even within the church, it can feel hopeless. But you say it could change in as little as one generation. Why?

—What vision do you have for how this book will impact families and the church?

To request a review copy of 7 Family Ministry Essentials, schedule an interview with Michelle Anthony or Megan Marshman or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Buzz
Reviews

  • ‘7 FAMILY MINISTRY ESSENTIALS’ REVIEW

    This practical advice comes from two ladies who share their triumphs and struggles throughout their years of work in ministry. I found myself nodding along with several of the things they pointed out (we are teaching our children moral development instead of spiritual development, we need to empower our parents) and marveling at some of the ideas they brought up (acting out the Bible chronologically, teaching the children how to be still and listen to God).

    At first, as I was reading, I was excitedly telling things to my husband, who was relaying these things to our pastor. By the third or fourth chapter, though, I just started dog-earing every page that I wanted them to look at. Needless to say, the latter half of the book has tons of pages folded down!

    Written by The Talbert Report on July 1, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R1EZ6L7LEHBHS7/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘7 FAMILY MINISTRY ESSENTIALS’

    I have been putting a lot of thought lately into how to raise my children to have a faith of their own, since a lot of young people leave the church when they are old enough to make their own choice about what to do on Sunday mornings. This book came along at the perfect time for me! I appreciate the authors thoughts on empowering parents to take spiritual leadership of their own and chapter 2 was just what I needed to read. This article (which is mentioned in part) is an amazing companion to the book!
    I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on July 1, 2015

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘7 FAMILY MINISTRY ESSENTIALS’

    In my time at summer camp I have seen good and bad ways to teach faith to children. One of the best is when children are encouraged in their walk with Christ. In that sense this book does a good job of encouraging the parents to be involved first hand with the faith formation of their children within the church.

    Overall this book has a very scripture based take on building up your family while not totally relying on the church to do all the work for you. Just like point 6 states; “Making God central in every biblical narrative and daily living” and this book does a great job of that. While still not being a parent, I found this very informative and useful for children’s ministries and even schools where teachers are allowed to take a faith based approach to learning.

    Written by Project Gospel on July 1, 2015
    Read my full review:http://smile.amazon.com/review/RYEDH8EP0G578/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781412978&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&store=books

  • {{BOOK REVIEW}} ‘7 FAMILY MINISTRY ESSENTIALS: A STRATEGY FOR CULTURE CHANGE IN CHILDREN’S AND STUDENT MINISTRIES’

    I found 7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries to be a greatly beneficial book to anyone involved with student or children’s ministry.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on June 30, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1SZ0JD0EFE5ZR/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781412978

  • ‘7 FAMILY MINISTRY ESSENTIALS’ BY MICHELLE ANTHONY & MEGAN MARSHMAN

    I found this book to be a wonderfully beneficial book to anyone involved in student or children’s ministry. It is quite a heavy read, which makes it difficult to put down and return to later, but I don’t think that necessarily reflects on the quality of the book. Also, I felt that these two authors really did their research for this book.

    Written by Loving Mommahood on June 30, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R1UII9Z5KJJ9A1/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • TIMELY, MUCH NEEDED!

    I appreciate that the book doesn’t give a bunch of lists and formulas for supposed success in the area of spiritual formation. What it does give is clear direction beginning with God’s Word and helpful suggestions for applying God’s Word in the right ways.

    Written by Mother of Three on June 30, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/AG8L0K3H4O50T

  • IMPACTFUL RESOURCE FOR YOUR MINISTRY!

    I would recommend this wonderful book to anyone who is seeking a resource to improve and transform their family ministry. I strongly believe if church leaders would apply these seven principles to both their home life and their church we would dramatically reach more people for Christ and they would have a deeper relationship with their Creator. I liked how each chapter included a ministry assignment and had tons of questions to assist readers into comprehending the material.

    Written by Andrew Smith’s Blog on June 30, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2NYU2LKVYVBO9/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781412978

  • ‘7 FAMILY MINISTRY ESSENTIALS’

    I really like where this book is coming from. One thing I’ve struggled with is the idea that parents are commanded to be responsible for raising their children in spiritual matters, but too often they don’t step forward to do that — and the church has been more than happy to step into that vacuum and assume responsibility.

    But that isn’t an entirely bad thing either, where parents simply will not do any of that training.

    Written by Footprints in the Butter on June 30, 2015

  • ‘7 FAMILY MINISTRY ESSENTIALS’ {A LITFUSE PUBLICITY GROUP REVIEW}

    This is a book that is valuable for helping your children and students’ teams in equipping parents to disciple their children, listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit and teaching the Bible as a continuous story of God’s redemptive plan. This is a book that I’m going to directly give to my husband for his feedback and recommend to the children’s ministers I know.

    Written by http://raventhreads.wordpress.com on June 28, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2B6G78Y8AIV2G/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781412978

  • ‘7 FAMILY MINISTRY ESSENTIALS’

    This book is such a fitting book for what is needed in the church today. This book really deals with ways to strengthen the family in this day and age and I know that is something that is desperately needed as you can clearly see when you look around. this book deals with some very basic truths that are needed to be stressed in families, like making God the center of ones daily life, this is one I struggle with but with being a new Mom it is something I want to do. This is a great resource and would make a great addition to ones personal or church library, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on June 28, 2015

  • ‘7 FAMILY MINISTRY ESSENTIALS’ – BOOK REVIEW

    7 Family Ministry Essentials is a rich book that will not only help you to transform the way you approach family ministry, but will also help you evaluate your ministry at each step of the way.

    Written in response to the fresh movement within the church to transform how we approach family ministry, this book helps everyone in the family to not just learn an intellectual faith, but to live out their faith in a context within their homes, communities and churches!

    Recommended!

    Written by Create With Joy on June 27, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R5OQ5U9SEB7LV/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘7 FAMILY MINISTRY ESSENTIALS’

    The authors were careful to provide not only strategy but also assessments to help with this process. The elements listed therein are very clear and concise. They provide ways for you to get involved locally as well as globally. As well as how to do it as a family.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on June 25, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RH63UOL8KZLZR