Enrichment - Winter 2013-2014: The Modern Family
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By any statistical measure, the modern family is a mess. According to statistics in the The
Our Unions: 2012, more than 60 percent of couples now cohabit prior to their first marriage.
average married couple faces a 40-50 percent chance of getting divorced. Forty-one percent of
childbirths are nonmarital. And 26 percent of children live with only one of their biological
parents. These realities have a negative impact on the parties involved, especially the
The Winter 2014 issue of Enrichment examines how the Church — the family of God — should
the context of the modern family. Articles lay out best practices that move couples toward the
ideal: healthy marriages and healthy families. However, they also address how the local church
should minister in the context of divorce, blended families, single-parent households, and
The issue includes engaging articles by Joe Butler, Ron R. Deal, Diana R. Garland, Don Lichi,
Elizabeth Marquardt, Robert S. Paul, Jane Richard, Rob Rienow, Mark E. Strong, W. Bradford
We trust this issue will help you address the unique challenges and opportunities the modern
poses to the family of God.