FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – This spring, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, will host “Connected: Southwestern Family Ministry Conference.” The conference will be held Feb. 26-27, 2010, at the Riley Center.

The goal of this conference is to equip pastors and church leaders with knowledge, skills and practical tools for leading a relevant and effective family ministry in the local church.
“Participants will learn that family ministry is not a program,” said Elias Moitinho, assistant professor in the School of Educational Ministries at Southwestern. “Rather, it is an intentional, comprehensive ministry strategy for each local church under the Holy Spirit’s guidance.”
Family ministry, as presented through the conference, helps families to fulfill God’s purposes for their lives. It builds an evangelistic arm of the church that equips congregations to reach the lost in their own families and community. It also aids families in facing predictable life-cycle transitions such as marriage, parenting, sending children to college, and retirement in a God-honoring way.
The conference will feature three large-group plenary sessions addressing the big questions in regard to family ministry – the “Why,” the “What,” and the “How” – in addition to several small-group breakout sessions dealing with specific areas of application, such as counseling and equipping parents to be spiritual leaders of their children.
Southwestern president Paige Patterson will address the “Why” question of family ministry by expositing from the Bible the biblical and theological foundation for the family.
Richard Ross, an assistant dean in the School of Educational Ministries at Southwestern, will address the “What” question by laying out the vision for family ministry in local churches. Ross was one of the developers of the family ministry concentration at Southwestern and possesses more than 40 years of experience in working with and ministering to youth in the context of the church.
The “How” question will be addressed by Brian Haynes, associate pastor of Kingsland Baptist Church of Katy, Texas. Haynes earned his Doctor of Ministry for his work in discipleship and family ministries. He created a ministry strategy used to “inseparably link church and home to equip generations” and is also author of Shift: What it takes to finally reach families today, released by Group Publishing, Inc., in August 2009.
Small-group speakers include Steve Hunter, executive director of counseling ministries at Hope for the Heart, and Ken Lasater, church ministries associate of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
Additional speakers for the plenary and small-group sessions include Matt Hubbard, Southern Baptist of Texas Convention’s student evangelism specialist and coordinator, and several other Southwestern professors. A luncheon is planned for attendees with June Hunt of Hope for the Heart. Hunt is an author, singer and speaker.
For more information about the conference, access the Web site at or contact the Riley Center at 817.921.1921, ext. 8800.