Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Faith at Home, Family Health, Family Ministry, Passing a Heritage, Spiritual Formation, Training the Trainer
Christianity | Practical Theology
Ledbetter, James Otis, "A Four-fold Strategy for Training Parents to Teach Spiritual Formation at Home" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 985.
The purpose of this project is to aid church leaders toward understanding the dynamics of family ministry: what it is and what it is not. Having written five books for Focus on the Family and David C. Cook addressing the role of the church and family, this author has successfully transitioned his church from the traditional family ministry (families in the support role of the church) to placing the church in the support role of the family: strengthening God's family by strengthening theirs. Based on surveys, evaluations of each individual family's health, historical and cultural documents, resources, and actual case studies, this thesis will delineate the principles and strategies that have proven effective for driving faith home. The church should then be effective in implementing a sustained ministry to parents who are intentionally passing their faith to their children.