The Strength, Stresses, and Faith Practices of Congregational Families: A Research Report.

Citation: 
Garland, Diana R., and Pam Yankeelov. The Strength, Stresses, and Faith Practices of Congregational Families: A Research Report. Family Minstry: Empowering through Faith, 15 (3), 28-47.
Abstract: 

Drawing implications for family ministries within congregations, this essay is the result of research into how families function as families within congregations. Authors Diana R. Garland and Pamela Yankeelov interviewed individuals and families belonging to Southern Baptists, National Baptists, United Methodists, and Presbyterian congregations from across the United States. These families and individuals were statistically sampled along a set of indicators which addressed issues such as diversity of family types, racial and ethnic factors, family income, family strength and challenges, factors that are common causes of stress within families, and how faith is experienced and enacted within family.
Based on the results of their survey, Garland and Yankeelov recommend that (1) family ministries within congregations need to address diverse family structures, not merely the nuclear family, (2) children’s nurturing in faith is a congregational responsibility, and so congregations need to nurture and love the communities’ children, (3) congregations need to respect the difference in blended and nuclear families, and (4) congregations need to minister to families with respect to factors within the families as well as outside the families.

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