The term Family Leadership Network covers children’s ministries in our churches, but the name includes an intentional shift to also place a priority on equipping parents as the primary disciplers of the next generation.
NGLI Family Leadership Network supports this vision by supporting those within our dioceses and parishes that are actively ministering to the next generation. The NGLI guiding principle of developing the tools for discipleship is the primary area of focus for family ministry, specifically seeking to develop ways to support those in parish ministry by:
- connecting them to others in similar situations who can mentor or help;
- training those in parish ministry to strengthen efficacy;
- providing quality resources for use within the parish or diocesan ministry; and
- striving for the protection of children by researching and disseminating best practices for the prevention and reporting of sexual misconduct.
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
Follow the links below to discover resources you can use in your home and church to celebrate special milestones and seasons of the church year, and engage with issues related to parenting and the culture.
James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
The Rev. Elizabeth Stewart
Liz grew up within sight of the Canadian Rockies in Southern Alberta. Her love of music inspired her to pursue a degree in flute performance. She has taught at Westminster Conservatory, Princeton, NJ, and also helped launch a musical outreach program for children through the Princeton Symphony. Liz contributed to children’s ministry for many years, and after moving with her family to the Twin Cities in 2004 was invited to join the staff as Children’s Pastor of a new Anglican church. In 2014 she graduated from Bethel Seminary, and was subsequently ordained as a deacon. Until recently, Liz was Pastor of Formation at Church of the Redeemer, St. Paul. She enjoys investing in ministry teams, as well as developing resources for churches and families. Helping cultivate synergy between Family Ministry colleagues over many years has been one of Liz’s joys and inspirations.
Louise Brooks serves as the director of kids’ small groups at Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington, Virginia. She delights in seeing God’s people flourish. Getting a front row seat to the work the Lord is doing in and through them never ceases to take her breath away!
Terrice currently serves as the Director of Children’s Ministries at HopePointe Anglican Church in The Woodlands, Texas. Experiencing the wonder of the Gospel through the richness of the liturgy at a young age has inspired her passion to help children discover God’s love for them and equip parents to cultivate their hearts toward strong roots of faith. She has extensive experience in ministry to children of all ages in a variety of arenas: churches, preschools, camps, reading programs and hospitals. Terrice was raised in Austin and she and her husband Richard and their daughters have also enjoyed living in such places as the Black Hills of South Dakota, the North Shore of Boston and the northern and southern borders of Texas.
Emily is honored to enter into the stories and wonder of God each week as pastor of children’s ministry at Restoration Anglican in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, she and her husband moved to Minneapolis to enjoy the great restaurants and beautiful lakes. She loves a book you can’t set down, walks, and large cups of coffee! She and her husband Kevin work hard to keep up with their twin girls, Quinnlynn and Eleanor, and their active little boy, Gabriel. She is passionate about equipping the next generation with the knowledge and passion to make disciples of all ages in all places.
Zach serves as Director of Children’s Ministry at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul in the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina. Zach grew up in Texas and holds an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Zach has served churches in Texas, Florida, and mostly recently Boston, MA, before moving to Charleston, SC. He has been married to Jillian for 12 years, and together they have four children.
What does the Family Leadership Network mean to you?
JOIN OUR NETWORK
To join the conversation on Slack, email Liz Stewart.