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Shift: What It Takes to Finally Reach Families Tod [Paperback]

By Haynes Brian (Author)
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Whether you have a full-blown family ministry in place or your're just getting started, Shift gives you a practical, workable plan the equips parents to be faith influencers in their homes-and you won't have to reconfigure your entire ministry to make it happen! Shift gets you in gear with tools that make better use of seven rites of passage your church is most likely already celebrating ......already marking as families move through their faith journey together.

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Whether you have a full-blown family ministry in place or you're just getting started, "Shift" gives you a practical, workable plan that equips parents to be faith influencers in their homes--and you "won't" have to reconfigure your entire ministry to make it happen "Shift" gets you in gear with tools that make better use of seven rites of passage your church is most likely "already" celebrating..."already" marking as families move through their faith journey together.The Birth of a BabyFaith CommitmentPreparing for AdolescenceCommitment to PurityPassage to AdulthoodHigh School GraduationLife in Christ
As you tap into the natural patterns of child development and family, you'll motivate parents when they're most open to shaping their children's faith. "Shift" puts family discipleship--at church and at home--on one simple, common path. One home at a time, you can move a fledgling family ministry effort to one that's firing on all 6 cylinders This is a family ministry approach that's attainable and sustainable.

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Pages   139
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 5, 2009
Publisher   Group Publishing
ISBN  0764438980  
EAN  9780764438981  

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Shift: Quick read that will have great impact  Oct 26, 2009
Brian Haynes does a wonderful job of looking at the landscape of the church & the home as it is today, and then drawing a rich, biblical picture of what could be. It isn't another "model for ministry", but a challenging read that promotes examination in 2 key areas, prompting the questions: "How am I doing in impressing God's truth upon my family at home?" & "How is my church doing in training & equipping parents to do the same?" I highly recommend this to leaders in the church, who are serious about improving the focus on family ministry in a culture where families are falling apart.
Great Ideas to Implement in My Own Church!  Oct 16, 2009
I recently was privileged to hear Brian Haynes speak at the D6 Conference in Frisco, Texas, and his brief discussion really convinced me to buy his book and discover what worked for him and his church. I shared this with my senior pastor, and we're totally on board with implementing this strategy with our own church. We have been doing a number of the "milestones" already, but we never were very intentional about addressing them in partnership with the parents. SHIFT gave us a great framework to plug our existing programs into, and it has given us ideas on how to deepen what we're already doing as well as add what we haven't been doing. I appreciated his emphasis that the strategy he outlined is what has been tweaked and put together for HIS church. Each of us, in our own respective churches, needs to determine what God is calling us to and how He is calling us to implement it. I'm in Northern Maine, so how we "do" church and the members of our congregation will be unique to those in Texas.

All in all, a very good catalyst to get us well on our way to partnering with parents!
A Different look at family ministry  Oct 12, 2009
In Shift, Brian Haynes shares the family ministry strategy of Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, TX where he is an associate pastor overseeing spiritual formation. The strategy is focused on helping families progress through seven different milestones that are common to many families. The milestones are:
Baby Dedication
Preparing for Adolescence
Commitment to Purity
Passage to Adulthood
High School Graduation
Life in Christ
Brian describes the what each stage signifies, who should be the "milestone champion," and what these milestones look like at his church. In addition to that, Brian begins the book with his journey to a realization that families need to be primary when it comes to spiritual formation. He uses the ever-popular Deuteronomy 6:4-9 as the "blueprint" for true family-centered spiritual formation.

While Brian does outline what is done at his church in helping families progress through the milestones by hosting biannual parenting conferences which have classes to prepare parents for the milestones as well as the support material they offer, Brian does tell the reader to take the principles and apply them to their own church. Brian readily admits that what works in his church probably won't work in other churches.

I appreciated the approach Brian took to family ministry by using the milestones as guide markers for families to use along the way. I definitely could see adapting that idea to give families at my church some sort of structure to how they are approaching spiritual formation within their families. It is also a great way for the entire church to understand how it can be involved along the way in supporting families as they grow their children.

There were a couple of things that I felt were lacking in the book, though. While Brian kept inferring to the involvement of the church community in child spiritual formation, I got the feeling that the Legacy Milestones approach portrayed in the book was very nuclear family-centric. There was little about the role of the entire church community in the lives of children along the way. They may do a better job of integrating that at Kingsland than is portrayed in the book, but I think church community is crucial to the spiritual development of children and deserves more attention in family ministry resources.

Another issue I had with the approach in the book was referring to Deuteronomy 6:4-9 as some sort of Biblical blueprint for family spiritual formation. I know that I am probably stepping out on my own here, but I think the children's and family ministry worlds have put too much emphasis on this one passage. This passage is about an entire community/village passing on faith to it's children organically. I don't think it speaks specifically to parents as much as it does to entire generations.

All in all, though, I do think Shift is a great resource for those dealing with children and families. It provides yet another approach to helping families positively affect the spiritual formation of their children intentionally.
The Subtitle is a bit presumptious  Oct 9, 2009
As a semi-veteran (if there is even such a thing) in Children's ministry, I'm excited that there is a huge push towards family ministry that is sweeping through the churches in America. It hasn't been that long since the church began segregating the families and taking over the spiritual responsibilities and I'm glad that the church of the information age is seeing the error of the church of the industrial age.

That said, I also enjoyed hearing a somewhat new voice on coming on the scene in the form of Shift, by Brian Haynes. Brian is the Associate Pastor overseeing spiritual formation at Kingsland Baptist Church [...] in Katy, TX and has been given a great vision of leading families through the spiritual pathways of life. I stumbled on their Spiritual Milestones [...] website a few months ago and learned a great deal of how their ministry helps families grow in Christ together. It's akin to the idea of Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father's Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood. While Raising a Modern Day Knight focuses on marking points along a boy's journey into manhood in order to help them understand the importance of those milestones, Kingsland does the same for families by marking 7 key points in the journey of a family's spiritual life: Birth/Dedication, Coming to Christ, Preparing for Adolescence, Purity Commitment, Adulthood, Graduation, and Continuing Life in Christ.

As a children's pastor how is moving his church toward a family ministry paradigm, I found the book lacking. I think that Children and Family Pastors are the target audience, but the book does little more than give a brief overview of the ministry model of Kingsland Baptist. The theory and thought behind the milestones are presented in brief toward the end of the book and are valuable to thinking through how you may do something similar in your ministry. (Props to Brain for pointing out that this is a way that works in their context and to make sure you do what God is leading you to do in yours.) Having already looked through their website I didn't think there was much to glean from reading Shift.

However, that is not to say that the book is not valuable - it is, very much so. While I didn't think that the "meat & potatoes" were there, I did think it was a very choice appetizer. I think that passing on this book to your Senior Pastor (or whatever visionary guides your church) would be an excellent way to get them to begin thinking of bringing families together rather than always keeping them apart. I'd even say that going through the book as a church (senior) staff would be a great idea to shift your focus toward equipping parents - I think I may grab a few more copies and suggest that to our staff.

In short: Get it, read it, mark & highlight it, and pass it on to your supervisor along with your ideas of family ministry in your setting. But don't expect to use it as a resource for how to do family ministry or even how to implement Spiritual Milestones in your church.
Disarmed  Oct 5, 2009
Since I like reading and love learning, why don't I enjoy reading more ministry manuals? Whenever I open one I tend go into full-throttle-analytic-assault mode and start challenging the author's claims. When someone suggests that their strategy or method is the key to success, I'm dubious. I have a strongly held core-belief that ministry is about building loving relationships. I worry that the method and strategy books oversimplify things and risk advocating ministry that is less than authentic and less than loving.

Recently, I was invited to read and review "Shift", by Brian Haynes. I didn't know how I'd like it, but I was at least a little bit excited to hear the experiences of a fellow children's minister.

In his new book, Brian Haynes encourages ministry leaders to 'shift' their current strategy to 'family ministry'. Too many parents look to the church (instead of to themselves) to spiritually nurture their children, and too many ministers pour so much energy into church programs that they neglect the spiritual formation of their own kids (a contention which he backs up with personal experience).

The antidote, according to Brian, is having the courage to adjust our lives according to the Old Testament blueprint for Spiritual development. Specifically: encouraging and empowering parents to be primary spiritual influencers in their children's lives. His plan incorporates planned 'faith talks', and impromptu 'God sightings'. He also uses core-competencies to keep track of progress and seven milestones 'that every person growing in his or her relationship with Christ experiences and celebrates.' Each milestone has church and family components, and the church provides a lot of support to parents in the way of events, seminars, and conferences.

Me: "OK you're starting to win me over with your emphasis on family relationships, but isn't this just another strategy? What if your milestones and celebrations aren't as meaningful in my context?"

Brian: (p. 42) "Cookie cutters are for cookies. What I am about to show you is a strategy designed specifically for Kingsland Baptist Church in suburban Houston, Texas. The principles behind this strategy are universal... You're the expert regarding your church and your ministry."

Me: "I get it. I should get ideas from your plan and let this overarching philosophy guide me as I develop a plan for the people in my life."

I admit it, this book disarmed the critical-thinking ninja in me just long enough to get through to my heart. Hey, I think I just enjoyed reading a ministry book!

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