Best Practices | Ministering to Stepfamilies

Tools for Ministering to Military Stepfamilies

You have probably noticed a significant number of couples around you who are in “remarried” relationships. In fact, every third marriage forms a stepfamily and a full 40% of all married couples in the US today are in remarried families! While good statistics are not available for the military community, our experience shows the number of military stepfamilies far exceeds the 40% found in the general population. It is no wonder that a frequent request from chaplains today is for resources to minister to “blended” or stepfamilies.

Those requests from chaplains led the Cru Military family team to start development of a set of resources to address those unique needs. Here is what we can offer you today.

Educate yourself and your chapel or church community.

Ron Deal of FamilyLife has an excellent 55-minute teaching video titled “Ministering to Stepfamilies”. We have rolled that video and some printed resources into a concise
90-minute “Lunch and Learn” strategy you can offer for training staff, chaplains, pastors, and lay leaders. Here are the resources available to you now:

  • A “Presenter’s Guide” to help you prepare for your 90 minute appointment;
  • a “Listener’s Guide” to outline Ron Deal’s DVD material; and
  • 4 “Tip Sheets” for ministering to blended families and specifically military stepfamilies.
  • Ron’s DVD is available from the FamilyLife website or by calling 1-800-FL-TODAY.

Simply download the Presenter’s and Listener's Guides then order your DVD to get started. Then you can watch the DVD and familiarize yourself with the attachments before scheduling appointments with those in your community who are working with military families. By offering this training to your local leadership, you will be equipping others to serve effectively to a growing segment of the military population.

Note: This is a 4MB Adobe Portfolio file, so you must right-click on the link and download the portfolio to your computer to review and print.

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