Winter 2011/Seattle, Pasadena, Sacramento, Phoenix
YF504: INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY MINISTRY. Chapman Clark.
DESCRIPTION: This course presents an analysis of the current understanding and
"modes" of "family ministry" over against a theological, sociological, and
developmental understanding of contemporary culture. Various models of family
ministry will be examined, and through the use of case studies, lectures, and
research, students will learn how to create a family ministry that best suits
the needs and vision of a given church or ministry organization.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: While much has been written about family
ministry the last few years, there are few comprehensive models. Even the term
"family ministry" is not clear, for there are as many definitions as models.
The western family, however, is in need of help. Churches have abandoned
relational interconnectedness in favor of growth-oriented programming. This
course will enable the student to understand and practically respond to the
needs of singles, couples, and families while building the local church into a
"family of families."
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will be able to (1) grasp a comprehensive
theological understanding of the nuclear family and the church as a "family"
(cognitive); (2) recognize and appreciate the unique challenges families
face in any social context (affective); and (3) create relational
programs and parish strategies that enable both the strengthening of
marriages, families, and the church as a multi-generational missional community
COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet weekly for three-hour sessions of lectures,
class discussion, and presentations by guest experts. Each student will
complete a detailed final project.
- Clapp, Rodney. Families at the Crossroads: Beyond Traditional
and Modern Options. InterVarsity Press, 1993. ISBN: 0-830-81655-0. Retail
- Elkind, David. Ties That Stress: The New Family Imbalance. Harvard
University Press, 1994. ISBN: 0-674-89149-X. Retail $18.95.
- Garland, Diana. Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide. InterVarsity
Press, 1999. ISBN: 0-830-81585-6. Retail $50.00.
- . Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable about Destroying the
Silos that Turn Colleagues/Competitors. Jossey-Bass, 2006, 224 pp. ISBN:
0-787-97638-5. Retail $24.95.
- Balswick, J., J. Balswick, B. Piper, and D. Piper.
Relationship-Empowerment Parenting. Baker, 2003. ISBN: 0-801-06402-3.
- Marquardt, E. Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of
Divorce. Crown Publishers, 2005. ISBN: 0-307-23710-9. Retail (paperback)
- McKenna, Theresa. The Hidden Mission Field: Caring for Single Parent
Families in the 21st Century. Winepress Publishing, 1999. ISBN:
1-579-21171-2. Retail $12.95.
- Perkins, James C. Building Up Zion's Walls: Ministry for
Empowering the African American Family. Judson Press, 1999. ISBN:
0-817-01337-7. Retail $16.00.
- Ramsay, Nancy. Pastoral Care and Counseling: Redefining the
Paradigms. Abingdon, 2005. ISBN: 0-687-02224-X. Retail $26.50.
- Verrier, Nancy Newton. The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted
Child. Gateway, 1993. ISBN: 0-963-64800-4. Retail $15.00.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
- Reflection papers (2-3 pp.) on Ties That Stress, Silos, and
Families at the Crossroads (30%).
- Midterm exam on lectures and Family Ministry (25%).
- Write a four- to five-page practical theology of "family ministry in the
local church" (10%).
- Design a family ministry program, including but not limited to every issue
covered by the lectures and the majority of those covered by the texts
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MDiv core requirement in Christian Formation
and Discipleship (MIN 4); fulfills requirement for the Family course for MDiv,
Youth, Family and Culture concentration; MA in Youth, Family and Culture; and
This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. (October 2010)