Below are listed a number of resources for use in teaching family ministry at the graduate level. Faculty members in other institutions are welcome to download and use or adapt these resources for teaching purposes, as long as the original author's name and the following citation are included on the first page of the resource: Author: Diana R. Garland (or whoever the author is). Copied/adapted and used by permission of the Center for Family and Community Ministries, Baylor University.
The resources below were developed by Diana Garland for teaching the family ministry course at Baylor University's George W. Truett Seminary. Most are directly related to the text written by Garland, Family Ministry (InterVarsity Press: 1999).
We invite you to send us teaching resources you have developed for publication at this web site e.g. course syllabi, learning activities, case studies, bibliographies, and so on. We will publish the author's names for all resources included here.
Table of Contents
- Activity 1.1 Thinking Back
A set of questions to help students begin to think about their own church experiences and family ministry.
- Activity 3.1 Defining Family
A small group activity designed to help students define the American family sociologically and articulate their definition for persons in congregations and denominational agencies.
- Activity 3.2 Family Adaptation
Guidelines for class discussion of the concept of family dysfunction vs. the concept of family adaptation, based on an ecological perspective.
- Activity 3.3 Cultural Interview
Students explore the concepts of culture and family ministry by interviewing one another.
- Activity 3.4 Raney
A writing assignment, based on the novel Raney, to help students explore the cultural variables in leading family ministry effectively.
- Activity 3.5 Family Stories
A paired activity of sharing family stories and experiencing their significance in understanding family culture. An alternative approach is also available, asking students to write a family story for sharing with the class.
- Activity 4.1 A Family Timeline
Students work in small groups to graphically portray the development of definitions of the family over time.
- Activity 4.2 Biblical Definitions of Familly (a continuation of Activity 3.1)
A small group activity designed to help students define the American family biblically and theologically, and articulate their definition for persons in congregations and denominational agencies.
- Activity 4.3 Cultivating the Family Life of Christians
A small group activity exploring the diversity of ways of nurturing "fruits of the Spirit" in family life.
- Activity 5.1 A Family Ministry Plan
A small group activity consisting of designing a plan for addressing a particular issue in family life.
- Activity 6.1 A Family Faith InterviewA Family Faith Interview
Students complete this assignment outside of class, conducting a faith interview with a family.
- Activity 7.1 Designing a Family-Sensitive Worship Service
A small group activity consisting of designing worship that is sensitive to family relationships.
- Activity 7.2 Nurturing Family Sensitivity in Congregational Life<
br>As a whole class or in small groups, discern ways to make a particular congregation's weekly activities more family sensitive.
- Activity 7.3 Designing a Family Life Education Event
As a class or in small groups, do initial planning of a family life education program or event.
- Activity 8.1 Supporting Faith Partners in Congregational Life
A class brainstorming session, looking for commonalities and differences in the knowledge, values, and skills of effective family life for married couples and other structures of peer faith-family members.
- Activity 9.1 Reframing Discipline to Discipling
Case studies for exploring parenting issues.
- Activity 9.2 Supporting Parents
Class focus group session, discussing ways of supporting parents in congregational life.
- Activity 9.3 Videotape "Bless the Children"
Explores the values and issues involved in a congregation deciding to adopt a child abuse prevention curriculum.
- Activity 10.1 Family Crises and Catastrophes: Leading the Congregation
- Activity 10.2 Videotape "Broken Vows"
Explores the difficult issues of family violence and the response of congregations.
- Activity 11.1 Course Evaluation
A form for student feedback