A Ministry Model for Society's Most Pressing Problem. Fatherlessness has reached epidemic levels. Forty percent of children in the U.S. will go to bed tonight in a home without a father. Studies show that people without fathers are at much higher risk for low educational performance, drug abuse, crime and poverty.
Fatherlessness is rampant in our churches as well. When planting his church, Mark Strong realized that fifteen of twenty core leaders, whether they were in their twenties or sixties, white or black, had grown up without an active father figure in their lives. And he determined to make a difference in the lives of the next generation.
The church is uniquely positioned to minister to the fatherless, both within its own community and in society at large. Strong shows how we can make our churches places of refuge for our nation's fatherless. Churches can reveal a true picture of God as loving Father through mentoring both children and dads, meeting the practical needs of children, and much more. By embedding key values into your congregational culture, your church can become a church for the fatherless.
"Mark Strong doesn't just unveil the hidden horrors of fatherlessness--he shows how to turn its hardening of hearts into a gardening of hearts with tips straight from the Father's heart for the fatherless." â€”Leonard Sweet
Part 1: Understanding the Problem
1. Father, Where Are You?
2. The Impact of Fatherlessness
Part 2: How We Can Help the Fatherless
3. Embedding a Corporate Fatherless Value
4. Getting the Message Out
5. Equipping Men to Be Fathers
6. Mentoring the Fatherless
7. Praying for the Children
8. God Our Father
9. The Healing Path
10. How Do I Get Started?
Epilogue: A New Story
Appendix A: Resources
Appendix B: Scriptures on Fatherlessness
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