Family and Community Ministries: Resources for Christian Leaders is published by the Center for Family and Community Ministries, sponsored by the Baylor University School of Social Work and George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
Family and Community Ministries: Resources for Christian Leaders is a continuation of The Journal of Family and Community Ministries that has been published since 1987 and moved to Baylor University in 2006. Its former titles include The Journal of Family Ministry and Family Ministry: Empowering Through Faith.
The first issue of The Journal of Family Ministry was published in January 1987 as a way to share ideas about family ministry. It was edited by J. Paul Sorrels, then president of the Texas Baptist Family Ministers Association, as a quarterly resource for the association's members.
In 1993, Paul Sorrels announced that the journal would move from Texas to the Gheens Center for Christian Family Ministry of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, Kentucky. Leigh Conver, a pastoral care professor at SBTS, and Erlene Grise-Owens, a social work faculty member, edited the journal over the next two years.
Diana Garland assumed the role of Editor in 1995 when Southern decided it could no longer sponsor the journal. Through an agreement between SBTS and St. Matthews Counseling Center in Louisville, Kentucky, the journal transferred its ownership to St. Matthews. In 1996, Diana Garland joined the faculty of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) through a one-year appointment after leaving Southern. At the conclusion of that appointment, Garland took a faculty position as director of the new graduate program in social work at Baylor University (which is now the Baylor University School of Social Work). In the same year, Brad Wigger joined LPTS as a professor and director of the newly created Center for Congregations and Family Ministries. St. Matthew Counseling Center transferred journal ownership to the Center at LPTS, with Garland continuing as Editor. Through the help of a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., Garland created a partner center at Baylor University, the Center for Family and Community Ministries, in 1998. The journal became a cooperative project between the two centers, and LPTS and Baylor University. At this time, the journal took on a new name, Family Ministry: Empowering Through Faith . From 1999-2005, the Baylor Center for Family and Community Ministries published Audio-Magazine for Family Ministry (AM/FM) as a companion piece to the journal. It was a 40-minute audiocassette that featured interviews with church leaders and authors about model programs, book reviews, and musical selections.
Garland remained the editor until 2004. Dale Andrews and Brad Wigger served as co-editors when Diana retired from the journal, and Louisville Seminary continued to sponsor the journal for the next three years.
Through mutual agreement of Baylor and LPTS, the journal changed ownership once more in 2007, moving to the Center for Family and Community Ministries at Baylor, with funding from Christ is Our Salvation Foundation. The journal changed its title to The Journal of Family and Community Ministries: Empowering Through Faith. Diana Garland assumed the role of Senior Editor, and Jon Singletary served as the Editor until 2010.
In 2010, the decision was made to transition the journal to an online journal to make it more accessible to congregational and ministry leaders. Family and Community Ministries: Resources for Christian Leaders (FCM) launched in 2012 as an online, open-access, peer-reviewed continuation of the journal, with Co-Editors Diana Garland, Dean of the School of Social Work at Baylor, and David Garland, Dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary, also at Baylor.
FCM will include an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal for research-based articles designed to help congregational and ministry leaders as they seek to serve others locally globally as well as a mobile device application or companion website to distribute practical resources. The companion website or mobile device application will launch in 2013; and it will offer readers access to ministry profiles, summaries of articles published in FCM, curricula, sermons, devotionals, prayers, interviews, and more. These resources will also undergo a peer review process to ensure the quality of the publication and trustworthiness of the content.
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