For the past 50 years, the constant drumbeat from the news media, popular entertainment, and from all other cultural influencers has been this: The nuclear family, consisting of one child or more living with both a married mother and a father, is a dinosaur on its way to extinction. But new information is showing the opposite - there is hope for the family and hope for the future of marriage ministry.
Humans have a tendency to take their partners for granted. Gratitude serves as a buffer against that. Encourage the couples in your congregation to thank their partners more often with these simple tips from The Atlantic.
Priorities are shifting. Birth rates have reached extremely low levels in virtually all high-income countries. How will this affect church attendance in future generations? Download this study from the Institute of Family Studies.
As pastors, you know that not all families look the same. In some situations, uncles must play the paternal role. Research is now showing the significance of uncles in the identity formation and development of children. Read more on these interesting findings from Institute of Family Studies.
Father's Day is right around the corner. The fathers in your church might be looking for more ways to stay connected to their adolescent daughters. Check out this article by ChildMind for 10 ways to encourage fathers to stay engaged.
Experts have found that empathy in a marriage can be transformative. In this article from Prepare and Enrich, you'll recieve helpful insight on practical applications to empathy that you can share with the married couples at your church.