Resources on Family

Jan 13, 2016

Your Family is Not Your Qualification by Reid Monaghan

It is true that a man who does not manage his own family well is not fit to manage God's church. Yet I do not wish the brotherhood of ministers to see their family as something either hindering or helping them obtain a certain role or goal.

Jun 20, 2016

Your Christian Family Bears Witness by Jim Richards

Model before a dying culture a living example of Christ and the church through your husband and wife relationship.

Sep 7, 2018

Won Kwak on Kids in the Ministry Fishbowl by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

How should pastors think about parenting kids growing up in the ministry fishbowl?

Jul 11, 2019

Why the Church Can and Must Care for Orphans

An Interview with Dr. Todd Chipman, Author of Until Every Child is Home

If our churches are following the New Testament grid of ministry, orphan care will be natural, just another outlet for the powerful message of Christ that gathers and disperses us each week.

Jun 25, 2018

When Obedience is Scary by Christy Britton

Having my fears become my reality hasn’t changed my belief in this truth. Now, more than ever, I affirm that, despite our fears, we can trust and obey God. 

Apr 6, 2016

When Ball Becomes Baal

Is Your Kid's Sports Involvement A Family Idol?

Perhaps nothing outside of a change in your job has so much potential to turn the family schedule upside down. Is it possible your family's sports-centric life is evidence of upside down worship?

Jun 9, 2015

Tucking Them In by Becky Wilson

I'm finding these days that tucking my children in to bed has much more to do with securing the edges of life than the edges of blankets.

Jul 1, 2015

To The Sons and Daughters of Divorce by Paul Maxwell

My parents divorced when I was nine. I’m not a victim, but the break still broke me.

May 19

Todd Chipman on Theological and Civil Adoption by Todd Chipman

Series: Conversations asks Todd Chipman, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Midwestern Seminary, "Should theological adoption propel civil adoption?"

May 25, 2015

Three Rhythms For Family Devotions by Ryan Huguley

We’ve struggled to find the right manner and method. It’s hard work and requires constant attention. But in our house, we’ve found that effective family devotions are made up of three basic rhythms…

Nov 16, 2017

The Worst Vacation Ever

On Caring for Aging Parents

While there may be easier ways, we wouldn't have it any other way because we know this God's plan and we trust him.

Apr 7, 2016

The When of Family Worship by Reid Monaghan

When my kids were young we set certain rhythms of life that allowed the gospel to flourish in our home through the practice of family worship. And we knew that if we could not answer the question of when, the how of family worship would become irrelevant.

Feb 18, 2019

The Tears of Success in Foster Parenting by John Beeson

There is a powerful beauty in beholding oneself in another.

Aug 26, 2015

The Gospel For Kids by Rob Trahan

Alvin Reid said recently, “If youth can learn trigonometry in high school they can learn theology in church.” How can we expect to grow mature adult disciples without a solid foundation when they are younger?

Sep 24, 2018

The Church Domestic

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Dr. Russell Moore's message on "The Church Domestic" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference

Sep 27, 2016

Starting a Family Devotion Time by Michael Kelley

Every family devotion time isn’t a home run. Sometimes it’s a sacrifice bunt that you believe God will somehow use in the story of their lives. So we choose, by faith, not to be discouraged, but instead to believe in a God who is drawing our kids’ hearts to Himself.

Aug 8, 2019

Singing Gospel Truth at Home by Hunter Bobo

May our times of family worship and discipleship be richer and fuller because we have experienced the good God has for us in His command to sing.​

Nov 23, 2018

Russell Moore on Christian Families Bearing Witness by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How can Christian families bear witness for Christ in today’s culture?

Sep 20, 2015

Pastor, Make Time For Your Family by Jason Alligood

How does a busy pastor not only keep up with the fast pace of ministry, but also include his family in that pace, as well as make time for them when nothing concerned with ministry is going on?

May 7, 2019

Matt Carter on Adoption and Orphan Care

Why are adoption and orphan care important to the mission of the church in the 21st century?

Series: Conversations

Why are adoption and orphan care important to the mission of the church in the 21st century?

Dec 26, 2019

Leading the Church While Leading Your Family by Bob Johnson

Serving the church is not merely a job; it is an all-consuming responsibility that can threaten a family.

Jun 6, 2017

Leading Kids Beyond 'Praying the Prayer' by Mike Phay

When it comes to our children's salvation, we must be careful that our eagerness does not overcome their readiness.

Jul 6, 2015

In Praise of Children by Peyton Hill

God delights in children, and since he delights in children, we do too.

Nov 13, 2019

How A Desire To Be A Good Parent Can Kill A Ministry by Ryan Roach

It’s painful, but good shepherding often means that we say things that are challenging to our people.

Mar 9, 2017

Helping Our Daughters To Be Sexually Pure by Mike Leake

The way to help my daughter pursue purity isn't to lock her up in a castle, but to help her walk in the freedom of the gospel.

Jul 23, 2019

For the Pastor's Kid: Your Dad Needs You by Bethany Melton

Pastor's Kid, your dad devotes his time and talent to faithfully steering the church toward Christ. As his son or daughter, don’t detract from that mission. Be a catalyst.

Jun 30, 2015

Family? Or Church? by Tish Hedger

When one voice tells me that my family comes first and another tells me I'm being selfish and need to sacrifice for the ministry vision, I am torn between which to follow.

Aug 3, 2017

Faith That Affects Our Children by Joel Littlefield

I want my children to understand that the gospel of Jesus and the spread of that message is the most important thing on earth.

May 11, 2016

Engagement and Mission in the Realm of Sport by Reid Monaghan

The cultural world of sports in which some people live and move and have their being is a place that should be engaged by a robust Christian witness.

Aug 6, 2015

Encouragement for the Seminarian Family Man by Steven Leatherbury

This is isn't a post about how I have the perfect formula to manage a busy life in seminary, or how I have this figured out. This is just a post to encourage fellow family men in seminary with full plates.

Jul 1, 2016

Do You See the Fatherless, or Are You Not Looking? by Joel Littlefield

Even just visiting the fatherless in their affliction is considered among the most holy and Christ-like of actions.

Oct 30, 2015

Do You Have A Family Mission Statement? by Joshua Hedger

On our fourth day, after a few days of rest and detox, we sat at a picnic table under an Aspen tree, next to the Colorado River, and we created our family mission statement. We want to spend our days and our nights on purpose.

Dec 22, 2016

Do Something Awesome and Build a Family by Owen Strachan

The way to happiness is when we exchange our sin and selfishness and small dreams for something harder and better and God-honoring.

Apr 20, 2018

Don Whitney on Family Worship by Staff

What advice would you give a young couple struggling with family worship?

Mar 26

Don Whitney on Family Devotions by Staff

Series: Conversations

How do you encourage a young family struggling with family devotions?

Sep 10, 2019

Don Whitney on Advice for Young Families Wanting to Start Devotions

Series: Conversations asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "What encouragement would you give young families wanting to start family devotions?

Jul 4, 2016

Don't Waste Your Vacation by Sam Bierig

You never take a vacation from your Christianity, so why would we stop attending worship on the Sunday of our vacation?

Aug 2, 2017

Discerning Your Child's Spiritual State by Mike Phay

Parents should take comfort in the fact that the primary work of salvation in a child’s heart is the work of God.

Aug 23, 2016

Dean Inserra on "Protection from Moral Failure"

We ask Dean Inserra, "How can a pastor protect his family, his church, and himself from moral failing?"

Jun 15, 2015

David Prince on Sports and Children by David Prince

Series: Conversations

FTC.CO asks Dr. David Prince, "What advice would you give parents whose children are active in athletics?"

Jun 21, 2016

Balancing Ministry and Family Time by Jason K. Allen

In ministry, we must protect our families, but we need not sequester them. Balance is hard to find, but perhaps these five principles will help.

Mar 15, 2017

Adoption is Commitment by Joel Littlefield

I want the Father’s adopting-love ingrained into the very fabric of my thinking

Dec 10, 2015

3 Ways To Build A Legacy by Darrin Patrick

Here are 3 ways your family can participate in God's mission by building a God-honoring legacy . . .

Jun 20, 2017

3 Reasons Why Discipline is Harder Than Punishment by Michael Kelley

God is committed not to our behavior but our hearts; not just in what we do but to what we are becoming. 

Nov 22, 2017

3 Challenges to Creating a Gospel Culture in your Family by Michael Kelley

Can we ingrain the gospel so much in the way that we talk, think, discipline our children, or converse around the dinner table, that it’s part of our very fabric of living, and not just an occasional topic of conversation?

Oct 3, 2016

10 Books Every Christian Home Library Needs by Jared C. Wilson

Here's what I think every Christian home library should include . . .