Reclaiming The Urban Family: How to Mobilize the Church as a Family Training Center

Paperback | January 23, 1996

byWillie Richardson

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Hands-on answers to the crises of urban homes. The problems urban families face--low income, drug abuse, divorce, gang involvement, domestic violence, and more--are devastating. But solutions exist in the local church that can transform troubled homes into places of love, security, hope, and growth. In Reclaiming the Urban Family, Dr. Willie Richardson gives pastors and leaders methods that can make inner-city churches a powerful force for restoring, training, and strengthening families, single-parent homes, and individuals. Using the principles and strategies described, the family training ministry of Dr. Richardson's own Christian Stronghold Baptist Church in Philadelphia has - Brought about a near-zero divorce rate - Produced strong marriages built on deep love bonds between couples - Helped numerous low- and moderate-income families become debt-free - Trained men to be competent husbands and fathers--and raised adult male membership in church to as high as 48 percent - Lowered the number of teenage pregnancies - Helped win to Christ those who have seen transformation in their loved ones. Reclaiming the Urban Family covers concerns as diverse as lay biblical counseling, singles and youth ministry, marriage preparation, occupational enrichment, single-parent households, evangelizing families, and more. Complete with a section of resources for African-American family ministries, it shows how local churches can become dynamic agents for building thriving homes and individuals and for evangelizing the unsaved.

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Practical family ministry for both the churched and the unchurched are the foundation of this book. African-American churches can help prevent dropouts from society and restore those who have dropped out. They can help strengthen single-parent homes and prevent divorce--but it needs the kind of vision and strategies Richardson describe...

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Hands-on answers to the crises of urban homes. The problems urban families face--low income, drug abuse, divorce, gang involvement, domestic violence, and more--are devastating. But solutions exist in the local church that can transform troubled homes into places of love, security, hope, and growth. In Reclaiming the Urban Family, Dr. ...

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Hands-on answers to the crises of urban homes. The problems urban families face--low income, drug abuse, divorce, gang involvement, domestic violence, and more--are devastating. But solutions exist in the local church that can transform troubled homes into places of love, security, hope, and growth. In Reclaiming the Urban Family, Dr. ...

Dr. Willie Richardson is senior pastor of Christian Stronghold Baptist Church in Philadelphia, the president of Christian Research and Development, and the author of Reclaiming the Urban Family.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.75 inPublished:January 23, 1996Publisher:Zondervan

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ISBN - 10:0310200083

ISBN - 13:9780310200086

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart 1THE SPIRITUAL CHALLENGE1. The Need of Salvation in the Family2. The Church as a Family Training Center3. The Role of the Pastor in Family Ministry4. How to Develop Family Ministry in the Church5. How to Evangelize FamiliesPart 2THE TRAINING OF SINGLE CHRISTIANS6. Training Single Christians for Marriage7. Training Singles in the Mate-Selection Process8. Premarital Counseling TrainingPart 3TRAINING FAMILIES FINANCIALLY9. Training Families How to Use Their Resources10. Training Families to Be Good StewardsPart 4TRAINING IN FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS11. Training and Supporting Single-Parent Families12. Training Married Couples in Commitment13. Training Married Men in Their Responsibilities as Husbands14. Training Married Women in Their Responsibilities as Wives15. Training Married Couples in Communication and Understanding16. Training Married Couples in Problem Solving17. Training Parents and ChildrenConclusionAppendicesRESOURCES FOR FAMILY MINISTRYAppendix 1: African-Americans as Resources on Family IssuesAppendix 2: Ministries and Organizations as Resources for African-American FamiliesAppendix 3: Other Resources

From Our Editors

Practical family ministry for both the churched and the unchurched are the foundation of this book. African-American churches can help prevent dropouts from society and restore those who have dropped out. They can help strengthen single-parent homes and prevent divorce--but it needs the kind of vision and strategies Richardson describes