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Changing Lives The essential guide to ministry with children and families Mark Griffiths

17 Nov 2017
256 pages: 156 x 234 mm
Monarch Books
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Changing Lives covers everything you need to know about working with children and families – the why to, the how to, the when to, and the where to. Mark Griffiths looks at the history, theology, and practice of ministry with children and families. He shares his wisdom from many years’ experience of leading hundreds of groups, assemblies, and youth services. Packed full of sample resources, Mark teaches how to communicate with today’s children both in church and in school and the community. This shrewd and often funny book covers everything from the vision for ministry with children and families, to matters such as record keeping, home visits, timetables, child protection legislation and templates for lessons. It’s the must-have, can-do guide for children’s workers!
Mark was Head of Children and Family Ministry for New Wine for over a decade and until recently was senior minister at one of the larger churches in the Oxford Diocese. He has written 7 previous books primarily on family ministry and its links to church growth, is adjunct lecturer for Cliff College's MA in Mission and has spoken at many of the countries theological colleges. He has worked at several churches in the UK with a mixture of denominations and has spoken at a wide range of churches and conferences nationally and internationally. His PhD is in church growth and child evangelism. He remains part of the national New Wine children and family ministry team.
“Changing Lives is easy to read, covers all the key issues in lots of practical detail, and is full of great stories and wise advice. But that is only the start. What makes this book essential reading is that Mark not only shows clearly why children’s ministry is vital, but leaves you believing that it is possible. Great theology made practical, based on solid research, wrapped in infectious optimism.”|“Changing Lives is a wonderfully reflective and practical book underpinned by useful theology, rich experience and superb storytelling. Mark’s reflections on his journey as a practitioner in Children & Family Ministry include much wisdom gained from his experience and studies making this book accessible and a ‘must read’ if you’re new to ministry or have been at it a while and need to reflect and refocus. ‘What else can God do?’ is an important question asked in this book and one every practitioner should be seeking the answer to in their own context. Great stuff, thanks Mark!”|“Packed full of great stories, godly wisdom and good advice. This is a goldmine of tested resources for people who know the Father’s big heart for small people”|“This book is about ministry in four dimensions… the key one of which is the fourth… that says, ‘Go and do it!’ For this reason alone I commend this book. It is written by a practitioner in children’s ministry calling on others to get involved in a way that includes the insights of children.”|“This book shouldn’t be read by anyone hoping for a nice affirmation of the status quo in relation to the church’s ministry to the family, young people and children. In this pithy and persuasive book, Mark challenges us to be real about our priorities. He mixes an analysis of data with a sharp understanding of social media and a more discerning society than is often acknowledged to show we need not been despairing but rather re-oriented towards those who long for values and a way of belonging that should be at the heart of our mission. I’m delighted to commend this book.”

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