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Practical Resources

The Center for Family and Community Ministries offers resources and curricula to help your church take the next steps that you need to move your members' passion from the pew to the pavement. We are committed to helping churches live out their faith in service with families and communities.

Power and the Christian

This resource is a Sunday School or small group study or sermon help that explores how individuals can be persons in power responsibly and in ways that protect and benefit those for whom they are responsible.

Family Ministry Resources

The CFCM has many resources and engages in a variety of projects designed to help us learn more about families and to help servant leaders better care for families.

Marriage Resources

These resources include practice suggestions for marriage ministries, articles exploring best-practices for congregational and denominational leaders, and links to other websites to help you with your marriage ministry.

Grief Resources

These resources are brief handouts for church leaders, longer published papers with details about other resources, and several powerpoint presentations for use in your congregation for preparing for experiences of care related crisis, loss, and mourning.

Community Resources

These resources include the Walking Alongside materials to help begin strengthen or sustain the community ministries of your congregation; including, the Walking Alongside curriculum, which includes three sets of curricula.

Family and Faith Book Series

These resources include the families and faith book series which is committed to exploring the relationship between the spiritual life and our closest human relationships. This book series includes Family Ministry: Empowing Through Faith by Diana Garland.

Creating Safe Sanctuaries

A sanctuary is, by definition, a place of refuge and safety a place set apart for people to rest in God's hands and worship with others they call family. For far too many people, however, our churches have been a place where relationships have been abused and deep hurt has been inflicted. Creating Safe Sanctuaries is a series of resources we have developed or identified that can be used to help set up safeguards to protect your congregation, learn more about clergy sexual misconduct, or study the role of power in the Christian life.

The Children's Defense Fund's The State of America's Children 2011

The Children's Defense Fund's new report, The State of America's Children 2011, is a comprehensive compilation and analysis of the most recent and reliable national and state-by-state data on population, poverty, family structure, family income, health, nutrition, early childhood development, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and gun violence. The report provides key child data showing alarming numbers of children at risk, including the startling fact that 15.5 million children are living in poverty in America. The Children's Defense Fund is a non-profit child advocacy organization that was founded in 1973 to ensure a level playing field for all children.

The Journal of Family and Community Ministries

This quarterly journal is published by the Center for Family and Community Ministry. This unique hands-on resource will benefit anyone concerned about ministry with families and communities including pastors, educators, counselors, social workers, or lay leaders. Formerly published as Family Ministry.

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