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> Andy Root

Dr. Andrew Root is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, USA. In this talk called "Relational Ministry" given to Yale University Berkley Divinity School, January 17, 2012, you'll see three ways that you can make youth ministry more effective by adding a relational approach. You can learn more about Andy Root and his ministry at www.andrewroot.org.

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Andy Root's article "A Call to See and Be Near," first published in the Presbyterian Record, June 1, 2009, Dr. Root helps us to understand how changing culture has created more need for a ministry of relational suffering rather than a ministry that uses relationship as a path to membership.

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> Mark DeVries

Mark Devries is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects (2002) and Children's Ministry Architects (2010). He has written several books and papers on family-based youth ministry.

In the Family Based Seminar Part 1 and Part 2 Mark DeVries shares tips for parents and youth ministry leaders for working with young people.

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As you're looking to move to the next level, these resources can help.

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> Leon Blanchette

Dr. Leon Blanchette is Associate Professor of Christian Education in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Olivet Nazarene University. This article, first published in the Epworth Pulpit blog, briefly describes the history and need for a new kind of family ministry and begins to set a stage for family ministries to impact the the church for future generations.

Video button link "Family Ministry Reconsidered," Part 1, from the Epworth Pulpit blog, January 15, 2012.

As you seek to guide your church toward greater discipleship in the home, share these resources with your team.

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> Ben Freudenburg

Dr. Freudenburg is Director of the Family Friendly Partners Network process and curriculum and Family Life Program Director and Professor in Family Studies at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Video button link Interview at AMFM, October 2011.
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Dr. Timothy Paul Jones is an Associate Professor of Leadership and Church Ministry at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Editor of Family Ministry Today. Bryan Nelson is a pastor and doctoral student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
"The Problem and the Promise of Family Ministry" from Family Ministry Today.

Video button link "The Problem and the Promise of Family Ministry" from Family Ministry Today, 2010 gives a good insight into the different models of family ministry and leads the reader to a family-equipping model.
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