By any statistical measure, the modern family is a mess. According to statistics in the The State of Our Unions: 2012, more than 60 percent of couples now cohabit prior to their first marriage. The average married couple faces a 40-50 percent chance of getting divorced. Forty-one percent of all childbirths are nonmarital. And 26 percent of children live with only one of their biological parents. These realities have a negative impact on the parties involved, especially the children.
The Winter 2014 issue of Enrichment examines how the Church — the family of God — should minister in the context of the modern family. Articles lay out best practices that move couples toward the ideal: healthy marriages and healthy families. However, they also address how the local church should minister in the context of divorce, blended families, single-parent households, and other situations.
The issue includes engaging articles by Joe Butler, Ron R. Deal, Diana R. Garland, Don Lichi, Elizabeth Marquardt, Robert S. Paul, Jane Richard, Rob Rienow, Mark E. Strong, W. Bradford Wilcox, and others.
We trust this issue will help you address the unique challenges and opportunities the modern family poses to the family of God.
EJ Online for 2014 - Winter
- Nine Steps to Pastors Finishing Well
- Parenting: A Tough Business
- The Characteristics of Pentecostal Preaching, Part 2
- The Path of Humility: What a Lowly Pirate Has in Common With Isaiah and Paul
- Growing Disciples Organically: The Jesus Method of Spiritual Formation
- Power in Your Mouth (Part 2)
"We Believe" Sermon Outlines
Four core beliefs define the message of the Assemblies of God: Salvation, Divine Healing, Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the Second Coming of Christ. Here are related sermons.
- The Purpose of the Holy Spirit In the Christian
- The Potential of the Holy Spirit
- The Plan of the Holy Spirit
- The Penalty of Grieving the Holy Spirit
- Benefits of Being Filled With the Holy Spirit
- I Believe in Sanctification
- I Believe in the Church
- The Rapture and the Revelation
- What is the Meaning of Pentecost
- Our Blessed Help And Hope!
- Christ The Healer (of physical diseases)
- Salvation 3 S’s
- The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
- Spirit Baptism: Headwaters For Pentecostal Gifts and Ministries
Links of Interest
Marriage Encounter is a weekend away from home, family, and responsibilities. In a comfortable, secluded environment, a couple is guided in the discovery of a new way of communication that will help them know each other better.
MarriageRestored is a program for couples who have experienced adultery, addiction, pornography, separation or other marriage-threatening circumstances.
National Institute of Marriage
National Institute of Marriage founded by Dr. Greg Smalley, has developed a Christian marriage counseling program called Intensives. Today the Intensive program is the cornerstone of all products and services offered at NIM. NIM provides marriage counseling, marriage conferences, pastoral training, books, articles, and other marriage resources.
Find links helpful to you and your ministry, including helpful articles, credential renewal forms, minister's tithe links, demographic research for your area, etc.
Women in Ministry Website
The Women in Ministry web site is by women in ministry for women in ministry to support, connect, and strengthen the women of God and the infinitely creative callings they embrace in the 21st Century.
George O. Wood Web Site
GeorgeOWood.com contains a treasure of verse-by-verse and topical sermons in audio and printed transcripts as well as numerous articles by George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God. Podcasts also available.
Articles for Church Lay Leaders
Scores of articles on many topics to help train the lay leaders in your church. View articles index.
Enrichment Renewal Retreats & Vacations
Resources and referrals for pastors and their families. Download PDF.
Global Center for Women & Justice
The mission of the Global Center for Women & Justice is to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy and collaboration. CWS promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons, with hope toward equality and healing for humanity.
HealthCare Ministries is the international medical outreach of Assemblies of God World Missions. HCM partners with AGWM missionaries to conduct medical evangelism outreaches, works with churches to partner together in medical outreach, and helps churches with resources when sending their own medical teams
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The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
Academics and Practical Ministry
Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry is a scholarly publication of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) intended to serve the Church of Jesus Christ by bringing transforming theological and professional insight to bear on the practice of ministry in the Pentecostal tradition.
by Earl G. Creps
How does one balance the academic and the practical? Read the journey of one man who discovered this process.
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The Next 100 Years...
In 2014, the Assemblies of God enters its centennial. Rather than asking our authors to take a retrospective look into our Fellowship's past, we asked them to take a prospective look into our Fellowship's future. Should the Lord tarry, what are the things the AG needs to do to better accomplish our four reasons for being: evangelism, worship, discipleship, and compassion? Our authors — all respected leaders within the Fellowship — offer their answers to this important question.
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