Wednesday, July 1, 2015

7 Family Ministry Essentials (Review)

This review is for the book "7 Ministry Essentials" by Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman. As a youth leader who waffles back and forth between excitement and disappointment, passion and frustration, stress and glee, I was very excited to read this book. I was not really prepared for all the great advice though.

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!

I realize not all of these ideas will work for your ministry. Our church is too small for several of these ideas. But others can be implemented no matter the size of the ministry. And several of the things these ladies pointed out made me just shake my head in the realization that there may have been times I've been misleading the youth without meaning to. This book is definitely going on my bookshelf and I can't wait to use it for many years.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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