collaborate: family + church

as always, i’m grateful for a new book that sparks ideas for empowering a church + parent partnership. collaborate: family + church did just that for me. (disclaimer: i received a complimentary copy of collaborate from minister’s label as part of the book blog tour.)

collaborate is the newest book from minister’s label publishing that combines the expertise of michael chanley and 34 teachers, ministers, leaders and thinkers on how to connect the church + family. i loved the practicality of this book, each chapter boasting a new idea for empowering the church, or encouraging parents, and i love the collaborative aspect of the book, some chapters contradict the others and that is just fine! it’s not about being right, it’s about sharing our best ideas.

these are some thoughts the book sparked for me:

1. a family empowered movement must ultimately be led by the senior leader of a church. it can be started, encouraged and moved forward by the children’s, student, young adult, family leader, but for it to truly become a vision for the church it must be led by the senior leader. carey nieuwhof, lead pastor of connexus community church paints a clear picture of this in chapter 07. he says, “in my experience, most senior leaders resist fully embracing a family ministry model throughout their organization” (p. 36). and i think there are 2 potential reasons for this:

(1) for a variety of reasons, senior leaders aren’t spiritually leading their own children and because of this (2) don’t have reason, vision, or skills to pass along to their congregations. i’m excited for the day when this becomes an important topic at church leader conferences, and senior leaders feel equipped to lead their families.  [on a side note: this book made me wonder where the family movement would be if we had more women senior leaders in our churches.  i know that’s a big generalization to make, but the drastic lack of women as executive church leaders, i think, is contributing to slower forward movement in this conversation.]

2. as always, my mind drifted while reading this book to the non-traditional families in the church. as i read, i noticed that several of the practical ideas shared could be used to love and serve the single parent families, grandparent led families, gay and lesbian families, and divorced or widowed families in our churches. it’s my heart to see this family ministry movement grow to include the non-traditional families (which, technically now are the traditional families) so that all children and parents feel and know god’s love.

i’m grateful for michael chanley and his collaborative spirit, and am planning to recommend this book to friends and churches looking for new ideas in family ministry.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I love the same things you love about this book! Great review!


  2. Awesome review Amy! I, too, was so glad to see some stuff that could be applied to more non-traditional/non-evangelical looking families.


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