Family Ministry

April 29-30, 2016, St. Louis

Join Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, in partnership with the Journey Church, St. Louis, as he teaches on the vital topic of family ministry on April 29-30. The material for this class emerges from his much acclaimed works Family Ministry Field Guide (Wesleyan), Perspectives on Family Ministry (B&H), Trained in the Fear of God (Kregel), and Practical Family Ministry (Randall House).

The class will explore how churches can best equip families to disciple their children. Based on Dr. Jones’s solid research and years of experience, this course unpacks how real-life churches can narrow the gap between present reality and the biblical ideal of faith-nurturing families.  This class will explore various questions related to closing this gap in family ministry.  What, for example, should motivate us to change our ministry practices? What does the biblical and theological framework for these changes look like? Why is it that parents aren’t actively engaged in their children’s spiritual development? What you learn from these characteristics and patterns will provide you with the tools that you will need to guide your ministry toward equipping the families in your congregation. At this Alumni Academy Dr. Timothy Paul Jones will provide parent and church leaders with a practical plan for equipping parents to be the primary faith trainers in their children’s lives, moving beyond mere programming into genuine spiritual transformation.

Dr. Timothy Paul Jones

Dr. Jones oversees the seminary’s Global Campus while also teaching in the areas of family ministry and applied apologetics. Before coming to Southern, he led churches in Missouri and Oklahoma as pastor and associate pastor. Dr. Jones has received the Scholastic Recognition Award and has authored or contributed to more than a dozen books. He is married to Rayann and they have three daughters: Hannah, Skylar, and Kylinn. The Jones family serves in SojournKids children’s ministry at Sojourn Community Church.


Friday, April 29

8 a.m. Conference Check-in
9 a.m. Session I: The History of Modern Family Ministry in Five Sketches
10:30 a.m. Session II: Four Models for Family Ministry
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Session III: Three Statistics to Strengthen Your Church’s Family Ministry
3 p.m. Session IV: Making the Transition to Family Ministry
4 p.m. Dinner (On your own)
7 p.m. Session V: Q&A

Saturday, April 30

9 a.m. Session VI: Telling Your Children a Better Story (Development of Children)
10:30 a.m. Session VII: Keeping Track of Who Your Children Are (Theology of Children for Parents)
1:30 p.m. Session VIII: The Family, In Community and On Mission


Southern Seminary Alumni Free
Prospective Students Free
Staff Members of Alumni $99
Spouse of Alumni $79

Registration opening soon

Rates do not include meals or lodging.

Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Discover.


There are no pro-rated conference registration fees available. Registration cannot be processed without payment.

Refunds for cancellations will be available for credit card transactions only. Refunds, less a $15.00 processing fee per registrant, will be granted for all cancellations received in writing by September 25. Refunds will not be granted for any reason after that date.

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