I just ordered my copy of “Collaborate: Family + Church” this evening. I heard about this project a few weeks ago. I am stunned by the early rise to notoriety this book has gained in just a short time, even before its actual release. Such is the leverage of incredibly well-synched collaboration between proactively networked leaders, each with something important to add to the conversation about family ministry.
I appreciate the posture that Michael Chanley has taken in this project. He has consistently and appreciatively pointed to the contributions of the participating authors. Such is the mark of a strong leader.
I plan to review the book when it releases. I also will be reviewing few others in the family ministry mold. “Think Orange” and “Shift” are first on the docket, since I already have them and I am currently working through them. Then as I receive them, I will review the forthcoming “It Starts at Home: A Practical Guide to Nuturing Lifelong Faith” by Kurt D. Bruner and “Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community (The Orange Series)” by Reggie Joiner.
Although I conducted research and wrote my dissertation on parental self-perception concerning their responsibility in the home and the church’s role in igniting parents’ ownership of their responsibility, I in no way consider myself an expert in the field of family ministry. I look forward to learning from these authors. I hope there will be insights which are actionable for the vast majority of us in small churches and in missional contexts who are not positioned to hire a family ministry specialist.