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JFCM is a continuation of The Journal of Family and Community Ministries that has been published since 1987 and moved to Baylor University in 2006. Its former titles include The Journal of Family Ministry and Family Ministry: Empowering Through Faith.

The first issue of The Journal of Family Ministry was published in January 1987 as a way to share ideas about family ministry. It was edited by J. Paul Sorrels, then president of the Texas Baptist Family Ministers Association, as a quarterly resource for the association’s members. Since then, the journal has made many moves. The Gheens Center for Christian Family Ministry of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; the St. Matthews Counseling Center in Louisville, Kentucky; and the Center for Congregations and Family Ministries at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary all managed the journal before it found its final home, with funding from the Christ is Our Salvation Foundation, in the  Center for Family and Community Ministries (CFCM) at Baylor University.

In  2010, the CFCM decided to transition JFCM to an online journal to make it more accessible to congregational and ministry leaders. The Journal of Family and Community Ministries: Resources for Christian Leaders launched in 2012 as an online, peer-reviewed continuation of the journal, with Co-Editors Diana Garland, Dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, and David Garland, Dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary, both at Baylor University.