When One-Size-Fits-All Doesn’t

file0001034197368I once knew a couple getting ready to celebrate their anniversary. The husband had cooked up an elaborate plan to surprise his wife. He took her on a hike and when they reached a certain spot, he had a table ready and a meal to share right there in the middle of the woods. A few years later, my husband and I went out to eat with that same couple and the wife made a comment about how much she enjoyed going to eat out a restaurant, “not like that time we ate dinner in the woods” as she teasingly elbowed her now sheepish husband.

I couldn’t help but laugh. We had all remarked about how sweet her husband was and how he did such a romantic thing, and here she didn’t even like it. As a young married couple we learned a valuable lesson that day; if we really want to say “I love you” we better find out what our better half loves.

Sometimes it’s tempting to look around at other families or other ministries and think, “Wow, what they are doing is so cool! I’m gonna do that for my family/ministry!  But it’s really, really important to make sure that what you are doing is what you should be doing for the ones you love and serve. The coolest, most innovative, eye-catching One Sizeresource in the world won’t be worth much if it doesn’t meet the need that exists.

One-size-fits-all just doesn’t apply to ministry or families.

Before you run ahead, prayerfully consider the following:

  1. Is this the best option for my family/ministry? There are a lot of amazing ministry tools available today, many of them for free and many of them highly recommended. But it is important to make sure that the needs your family has or your ministry has are being met by whatever resource you use. Otherwise, your energy bears no fruit. (To consider different types of family ministry models, click here)
  1. Will this take us deeper in Christ? If you are going to put time or money into doing something for your family or ministry, make sure that the end result is that you walk away closer to Jesus and each other. That might mean to take a trip to the movies as a family or hold a lock-in at the church for your tweens but make sure it’s meeting our greatest need of all – the need for Christ in our lives.
  1. Will it have positive lasting results? Whether we intend to or not, we are always leaving lasting impressions on our kids at home and at church. If we are planning to move ahead with a devotional, a curriculum, a change in rhythms and routines at home or a transition to a new ministry focus at church, it will leave lasting impressions on the children involved. Strive to ensure that those impressions are ones of a loving God, a caring family and an involved church.
  1. Have I sought input from the ones I wish to serve? Sometimes we do all the research, ask other parents, talk to other ministers, and then charge ahead with our “dinner in the woods.” But if we haven’t asked those we serve how they feel about something, what we see as a blessing, they might see in a different light. Ask for their thoughts. Seek out their opinions. You may still choose to move ahead, but it will probably be with a more informed slant and a plan to address any disappointment that may be expressed.

Obviously this is not an exhaustive list and ultimately, we can do our best and still fail at time (thus the beautiful gift that is GRACE).   However, if we take a moment and step back to consider these things, we have a much better chance of blessing the ones we love and desire to serve.

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Detoured? So Were They

“Where did the star lead them?”

This question was asked yesterday during our Epiphany Sunday service.  A young voice from the back of the room yelled out what we were all thinking. “Bethlehem!” he exclaimed as a chuckle when through the congregation. “Actually,” the pastor responded, “Jerusalem. The star led them first to Jerusalem where they spoke with Herod.” (check it out at Matthew 2:2).wisemen

I’d never considered this part of the story before.

You might say, I had an epiphany.

You see, the wise men saw an unusual star rise in the East and felt it had enough significance to warrant a costly and timely journey towards its location.  We naturally skip to the end of the story, but in doing so we miss a significant middle portion.

The first place the star led them was not the Messiah.

As a matter of fact, it led them to a corrupt king, intent on securing his reign and filled with evil intention.  But this corrupt king was actually the one who pointed the wise man towards Bethlehem, back towards the rising star and ultimately towards Messiah, Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

God didn’t have to add this little bump in the road.  He could have just led them directly to a stable in a little town in Judea.  But for whatever reason, God sent them on this little detour first.

Ever had a detour? 

Ever been following God’s calling on your life or implementing a plan you really felt His leading in and.. bump… oops… how did we end up here?

Has your “star” taken you to a place that is definitely not what you were looking for?

We usually label these bumps and detours as “failures.”  And sometimes, when that happens, we stop the journey.  We assume we heard wrong, said wrong, and did wrong.  We make the U-turn back to where we started and we analyze how it was we could have been detoured so badly.

But what if it wasn’t a mistake? 

I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the wise men arrived at Herod’s palace and said, “This?!?  This is what we came for?” and then turned around and headed home.

But they didn’t.  They said, “We are following a star.  We believe a great king has come.  We aren’t leaving until we get some answers.”

And their persistence paid off.  They were given direction and insight from those who understood the situation better than they did and they saw that star rise again and lead them straight into Emmanuel’s dwelling.

If you find yourself detoured and landing in a place you didn’t anticipate as you lead your ministry, your home or your own life, don’t be so quick to say, “I must not have heard God right.”  Instead, try these three wise moves like our magi did.

  1. Accept where you are, but don’t assume you are staying – When we end up somewhere unexpected, it is tempting to assume we’ve reached the end of our journey and that assumption can lead to a place of resignation.  Maybe you’ve tried integrating a service, but families are complaining that it is not meeting their needs.  Perhaps you’ve tried initiating faith talks with your family, but you are the only one that ends up talking.  Or maybe you’ve started a course of study and your grades aren’t what you had expected or hoped.  Those detours can appear more like periods than commas on your journey.  But what if you…
  2. Pause long enough to take in your surroundings – The voice of failure can be loud, but the quiet voice of the Lord can be overwhelming.  Be still enough to know that He is God.  Then, listen to the other voices.  Ask what needs your families don’t feel are being met, inquire of your family why they don’t feel comfortable participating in faith talks, or consult your fellow students or professors about where you could improve academically.  Often God clarifies His leading in our lives through the people He puts in our path, even the detours.
  3. Let God restore your vision – At some point, after talking to Herod and the scribes and staying for a time in the palace, the wise men had to once again turn their eyes to the sky and lo, and behold, when they did “the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them.”  God resumed the journey, this time with deeper understanding and clarity and this time to the final destination.  Maybe your intergenerational service will take on some new characteristics or your family faith talks might play out differently than you assumed or your academic expectations may need adjusted, but when we follow God’s leading and lift our eyes to Him, He will lead us right into His presence.

A speaker I once heard (Pastor John Stumbo, President of Christian & Missionary Alliance Church) said, “Where you see a period, God sees a comma; He’s not done writing your story yet.”   If you find yourself detoured and wondering how you ended up there, assume it’s a comma and learn from the moment.  He’s not done writing your story yet either.

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Family(40)Christina Embree is wife to Pastor Luke, mom to three wonderful kids, and family minister at Nicholasville UMC. She is passionate about seeing churches partnering with families to encourage faith formation at home and equipping parents to disciple their kids in the faith. Currently studying Family, Youth and Children’s Ministry at Wesley Seminary, she also blogs at www.refocusministry.org and is a contributing blogger at D6 Family,  Seedbed, and ChildrensMinistryBlog.com.

Reaching Forward with ReFocus in 2015

I am so excited about the direction God is taking ReFocus Ministry and wanted to share with all of you the wonderful opportunities that have opened up.

Since this blog began less than two months ago, nearly 2,000 people have viewed it and close to 90 have shared the posts.  I can sense the excitement and anticipation of fellow ministers and parents as we move our focus for faith formation and discipleship back on the home.  For more about why that is important, click here.cmblogogreen

I was recently given the chance to join the team at http://www.childrensministryblog.com to share my unique perspective on ministry from a family-focused and transitional standpoint.  My first article, Why you shold STOP working on Sundays was published today and is geared towards those of us currently working in ministry.

Over the next few weeks, ReFocus will be joining with a few other teams of bloggers to help launch some great new books and spread the word about some wonderful conferences and training opportunities for those interested in children’s and family ministries.  Keep an eye out, especially if you are currently serving in this context.

I am blessed and excited to share how we are growing and reaching forward.  I hope that you have had the chance to explore our articles and resources here and have found some helpful tools and encouragement as you serve families at church and as you disciple your kids at home.  If you have not done so, be sure to “like” our Facebook page for even more articles and resources for your home and church and follow on Twitter @EmbreeChristina.

If you have any ideas, resources, thoughts, ideas, or opinions about family ministry, discipleship of kids, or faith formation at home, I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings for 2015 and thank you for joining me as we ReFocus together!

5 Ministry Areas for Growth in 2015

icerinkImagine that the floor in your house is an ice rink.  The furniture is held in place because it is frozen into the ice.  You’ve had some friends tell you that your life would be more efficient and more functional if you moved a few pieces around but it takes a lot of work to move things, even a little bit.  But then you hear of a warming trend headed your way.  For a few brief moments, the ice will melt and even though it will be messy, it will allow for you to move things to new places much more easily than before.  However, you know you have a short window before things start to freeze again so you strategically plan your moves, make the most of the opportunity, and wade through the mess to bring about change.

This is not my story or my analogy.  I “borrowed” it from Dr. Marilyn Elliot, Vice President of Community Formation for Asbury Theological Seminary.  She shared this story with a group of incoming students and families that I happened to be a part of in what is famously known on campus as the “transition talk.”  She compared times of transition to the experience above saying that even though things are messy, transition provides us the opportunity to make changes to our life and our routine that are often hard to change in “normal” life.

With the dawning of the New Year, the ground in our lives is a little less “frozen.”  The atmosphere of celebrating new beginnings, reevaluating present actions, and leaving behind past mistakes allows us to move things around a bit in our own lives, our families and our ministries.

Below are 5 family ministry areas that can be encouraged as we look at how to grow our homes and ministries throughout the next year.

1.  Intentional Modeling – All the good intentions in the world cannot take the place of real-life action. We need to seek to see God in the everyday and talk about it with our kids, our volunteers, our church families, and our community so that they too will have the opportunity to do the same.  If we are encouraging someone to do something with their kids or spouse or ministry,we want to make sure we are actively doing the same, with intention and purpose.mustard-seed

2. Faith Focus – I’ve always been amazed how God will take our mustard seed of faith and grow it to one that can move mountains when we place our trust in Him.  We can walk in that kind of faith as we approach growing our family ministry at church and discipling kids at home; faith that says, “I’m not sure how this is going to work God, but I’m putting my trust in You and moving forward.”

3. Failing Forward – I hate failing. It bothers me; I don’t like it.  But I know that I do it and when I do, I have the choice to let it drag me down or push me forward.  This year we can let our failures be springboards forward, lessons we learn that lead us closer to God and His call on our lives rather than weights that pull us down.  And we can celebrate with others when they do the same by extending grace and mercy and cheering them on as they learn.

4. Baby Steps – Lots of times the reason I fail is because I try to run before I walk.  Transition and change are not things that can be rushed.  Praying and planning are important parts of the process.  Whether it be the weekend away with Mom I’m planning with my oldest daughter or the parent seminars I’m starting at church; each change needs to be approached with care and prayer and baby steps of change.

5. Sincere Celebration – Over the past year, I have become acutely aware of the power of celebration in our lives.  The joy in the eyes of others when you stop to celebrate their good grade, their act of kindness, their new tooth, their achieved goal is surprising. I believe we need celebration just like we need love. Studies show that living a life of celebration and gratitude leads to longer lives, better sleep, greater health and stronger relationships.  We need to stop in the middle of our busy lives and recognize the goodness around us.  God is in the good, in the light, in the joy and we need more of it!

What about you?

What needs moved around in your life or your family or your ministry?  Is this the year you start moving towards more intentional discipleship focus at home?  Perhaps you’ve been toying around with the idea of small groups or wanting to start a kids bible study?  Maybe intergenerational worship is your heart or parent ministry or family devotions?  Whatever it is that God has been showing you might need to “move” around, the New Year might provide just the right thaw to get things going.

I’d love to hear where God is taking you in 2015 and look forward to journeying with you.

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3 Ministry Needs that Need Ministry

The other day my 8 yr old daughter wrote a letter to a friend and wanted me to read it before she mailed it.  In the letter, she spoke in great detail of the hardship of sharing a room with her older sister.  She mentioned that in addition to sharing a closet, they also had a share a dresser and, to add insult to injury, they even shared socks!  (In fairness to me as a mom, they do wear the same size socks and with them sharing a dresser, it was kinda silly to try to keep their socks separate… but I digress.)

socksI was unaware until that moment how much it bothered Naomi, not so much that she shared a room, but that they shared everything… even socks.  There was a part of her that felt like she didn’t have something to call her own and she wanted that very much.  For her, it was an unfulfilled need, but one I didn’t know existed until I read her note.

As ministers, we want to do our best to meet the needs of our families and community and sometimes we move forward with programs or ideas that we feel would best accommodate these groups.  But sometimes we miss a valuable step; we forget to find out what needs they actually have.  One-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter ministry doesn’t work for this very reason.  Each church, each community has its own unique set of needs that need to be met.  As you consider transitioning your church to a family ministry focus, it is important to consider the following need areas for your context.

  1. Felt needs – These are the “obvious” needs such as the need for food, shelter, clothing, and belonging/love. Churches are often pretty good at identifying and meeting these types of needs through outreach, small groups, and activities.  However, meeting these needs without taking the next step to meet deeper needs, ultimately leaves people still spiritually needy.
  2. Spiritual needs – These needs are often less obvious and need a bit of detective work to discover. The need for discipleship, mentoring, and accountability often fall into this area and require intentionality of both the staff and lay members to meet them. In his article “9 Signs Your Church is Ready to Reach Unchurched People,” Pastor Carey Neiwhof says it’s important to have “easy, obvious, strategic and helpful steps for new people” who come to the church.  In my opinion, it is just as important to have those things in place for members who regularly attend so they can continue to grow in their faith and pour that faith into others.  Creating paths for growth, discipleship, and mentoring will meet the spiritual needs of the church in ways the senior pastor can’t do from the pulpit on Sunday morning.
  3. Unknown needs – Sometimes we have needs we don’t even know exist (such as socks for our daughter). It is either because the need has never been expressed or the need isn’t even known. One prime example of this is the need for intergenerational relationships and corporate worship in the local church.  More and more studies are showing that these needs are intrinsically tied to future generations remaining in church, but very few churches recognize these areas as needs.  In the realm of family ministry, the need for discipleship in the home and the parents to serve as the primary means of faith formation has been demonstrated through Scripture and studies, but many don’t even know the need exists.  Making your congregation and leadership aware of these needs through information, resources and God’s Word will do much in opening doors for transitioning.

Transition always takes time.  But before you can get where you are going, you need to know where exactly that is.  Take some time to talk to your congregants, families, and community members and ask what needs they have.  You might be surprised at what you find out.  And you might end up buying personalized socks for Christmas morning.

7 Reasons WHY Family Ministry Matters

Have you ever had to convince a child that something is important?  Let’s say, for instance, your tween asks you why it was so important that they keep their room clean because, “Seriously, Mom, it’s my stuff not yours.  Why should you care that it’s not perfect? No one else has to keep their room this clean!”

Have you ever just sat there thinking, “I’ve got to say something more than ‘Because I said so!’” but the words just fail you in that moment so you end up saying… “Because I told you to clean it, that’s why!”

Yeah, so… maybe that happened the other day in our house.  Sometimes as parents it’s hard to remember that these kids of ours don’t put the same value on room cleanliness as we do.

Sometimes the same thing happens at church.

If you are like most of the family ministers I know, you are passionate about what God says in His Word about families.  You read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and all kinds of “Amens” and “That’s rights!” rise up in your heart.  You see how God repeatedly puts spiritual instruction into the hands of parents and encourages the home to a place of active faith.  So when you walk into your church and say, “Let’s do Family Ministry!” it can be hard to understand why the reactions are more quizzical than celebratory.

So, why should a church “do” family ministry? 

1. Because the Bible tells us so. Brian Haynes, pastor of Bay Area First Baptist Church in Houston, TX and author of the book Shift, says that it is of utmost importance to base every action and proposed action of your ministry in theology, in the Word of God.  For a list of Bible verses referring to God’s plan for the family as the place of discipleship click here.

2. Because studies tell us so. The Sticky Faith group at Fuller Youth Institute have studied the reasons young people walk away from the church, looking for a “silver bullet” for churches and parents to use to keep that from happening.  Their top finding was that time spent talking and living faith in the home was the biggest indicator of a faith that sticks in kids.  According to Jim Burns at HomeWord ministries, kids that talk about their faith at home with mom and dad have a 80% chance of remaining in church once they leave the home.

3. Because the kingdom of God grows from the ground up. Did you know that by the age of 9 a child has already formed his or her basic moral foundation and by age 13 they’ve come to an understanding about God, His love, and eternity?  Did you also know that according to Barna research group, over half of people who come to accept Christ do so before age 12 and only 13% make commitments after the age of 21?  So while kids are still at home, they are making the most important eternal choices of their life.  The church needs to equip the home for these discussions and decisions.

4. Because time says we need to. Studies show that on average, kids will spend about 24-40 hours a year at church.  Contrast that with the estimated 2,000-3,000 hours they will spend at home or with their parents (For more on this, click here).  If we want faith to be a significant part of their lives, it needs to take place where they spend most of their time.

5. Because parents need us to. Most parents of elementary-aged kids today grew up in churches that hafamilyatcrossd age-segregated, traditional models.  Many times faith was compartmentalized and not talked about at home.  Because of that, parents don’t know how to talk about their faith or worship with their children.  They need help.  They need supported.  They need ministry.

6. Because the kids need us to. An average child will be engaged in some kind of media (television, video games, social network, etc.) for 40 hours a week. Remember that statistic about church?  At most, 40 hours a YEAR at church.  The messages they receive all week long cannot be addressed in one hour on a Sunday morning.  Kids need families engaged in their faith walk at home so that faith is not a “Sunday thing” but a life thing.

7. Because God calls us to. The final commission left to the church by Jesus was to “Go and make disciples.” Discipleship goes beyond church membership, service attendance, or biblical assent.  Being a disciple means being a follower and imitator of Christ and making disciples means leading others to do the same.  As Paul says, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”  Our first mentors in life are our parents/caregivers, so if we are to make disciples, it starts at home.

Sharing these truths with members of your church won’t suddenly make implementing transition towards family ministry easier, but it will help begin to smooth the way as others begin to understand your heart and God’s heart towards families.

For more information about practical discipleship in the home or transitioning to a more family-focused ministry at your church, go to ReFocus Ministry or “like” our Facebook page.

About the author

familyChristina Embree is wife to Pastor Luke, mom to three wonderful kids, and family minister at Nicholasville UMC. She is passionate about seeing churches partneringsmallbadge with families to encourage faith formation at home and equipping parents to disciple their kids in the faith. Currently studying Family, Youth and Children’s Ministry at Wesley Seminary, she also blogs at www.refocusministry.org and is a contributing blogger at ChildrensMinistryBlog.com.

5 Markers of Family Ministry

So, what are the defining characteristics of “family ministry” that take it from a label to a true ministry between the church and the home? It’s actually pretty hard to define.  Chap Clark of Fuller Youth Institute has said “there is not now, nor is there every likely to be, an identifiable programmatic animal know as family ministry.”  He may be right but there are some things that we can look for as we consider family ministry in the church. After talking to some fellow ministers, these 5 things stood out as markers of family ministry in a church.

  1. Focus – The fundamental theology of family ministry is that the home is intended by God to be the primary place of discipleship (Deut. 6:4-9) and that the church should partner with parents/caregivers to equip and support them as they raise their children in the faith. The focus of the church becomes centered on the home rather than the organization and the entire congregation joins in celebrating parents/caregivers as pastors to the next generation.
  2. Function – Unlike other church ministries, family ministry is not intended to be in its own “silo” with its own activities, programs and location within the church. Rather than being program-focused, family ministry “represents a fundamentally different way of doing church” (Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, editor of Perspectives on Family Ministry: Three Views). In other words, it’s more of a new way of approaching church as whole rather than adding something to the way things already are.  Every area of the church participates and is involved in family ministry regardless of age, ministry, or worship service.
  3. Family as foundation– While this characteristic might seem obvious, it becomes less so when we pose the question, “What makes family family?” In modern society, less than 30% of homes house what we would call a traditional family (Dad, Mom, 2.5 kids, dog, minivan, white picket fence).  Families today include single parent home, blended/divorced families, adoptive/foster families, and grandparents-as-parents.  Family ministry consistently recognizes the family, no matter what it looks like, as the normative place for discipleship of children and supports and resources as needed. To read more on this, check out Pastor Matt Norman’s blog “Why HOME?
  4. Formational – Family ministry has as its heart a commitment to passing the faith from one generation to another through the platform of the home supported by the church. Therefore, everything done in the context of family ministry will spring from that desire. Family activities, caregiver seminars, media resources, church programs and ministry to kids and youth will have at its root a role in growing that spiritually-formational home.
  5. Fun – That’s right, fun! This is my own thing. I don’t have research and studies to back me up on this but I’m just putting it out there that if family ministry is not fun, if it is a chore for the church, a duty for the parents, and a drudgery for the kids, then it has failed in its role.  Family ministry should bring inspiration and joy to the entire church body and life and health to the home.  Family ministry that works should have kids excited about talking to Mom and Dad about God, parents not dreading the life questions their kids will ask, and church members actively involved as mentors, cheerleaders, and supporters of the home.  Celebration of spiritual growth should be normal and expected.  Talking about seeing God throughout the day should be anticipated and encouraged.  And the entire congregation should be involved in an ongoing conversation.

    For more information about practical discipleship in the home or transitioning to a more family-focused ministry at your church, go to ReFocus Ministry or “like” our Facebook page.

    About the author

    familyChristina Embree is wife to Pastor Luke, mom to three wonderful kids, and family minister at Nicholasville UMC. She is passionate about seeing churches partneringsmallbadge with families to encourage faith formation at home and equipping parents to disciple their kids in the faith. Currently studying Family, Youth and Children’s Ministry at Wesley Seminary, she also blogs at www.refocusministry.org and is a contributing blogger at ChildrensMinistryBlog.com.

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It’s Time to Refocus

I’ve always been drawn to those pictures that focus in on one thing and make everything else in the picture fuzzy.  It’s the mystery of it that draws me in.  Yes, I can see that flower, but what’s in the background?  What’s hiding in the shadows?  What’s beyond the focus?

For a photographer, a quick twist of the wrist can instantly change the focus of their lens.  What was once the primary focus of their snapshot soon becomes a blurred part of the landscape in lieu of a new subject.  There is nothing to really say one is better than another, rather, the photographer has to decide which best fits the needs of the moment; the lighting, the mood, the overall flow of the picture.

The idea of refocusing, of moving from one primary area of focus to another, is one that many ministries find themselves exploring in this world of rapidly changing trends and technology.  The most notable difference however is that it takes much more than the flick of a wrist to bring about that kind of change in organizations.  While we may be able to see where we’d like to take our focus, the journey to get there is often wrought with resistance that we don’t foresee or are not prepared to encounter.

Recently, there has been a move throughout churches and ministries towards a new focus, a focus that turns our eye towards the home and champions a partnership between the church and family supporting parents/caregivers as the primary means to disciple the next generation.  Practically this plays out in a church focused on equipping and resourcing the home and taking a more intergenerational, mentoring approach to ministry rather than an age-segregated “silo” avenue.  The need for this shift in focus has been widely assessed by researchers and ministers who point to Scripture, studies and statistics as basis for re-envisioning church as a place of partnership rather than competition for spiritual formation and discipleship.

I have sat through many a children’s ministry conference where this vision is shared and embraced with great enthusiasm and support.  Sadly, I have also watched on Facebook as many of my fellow ministers face obstacles of tradition and misunderstanding upon their return home and grow discouraged in their desire to bring about that change in focus.

Thus springs the idea for this blog, and hopefully in the future, a ministry dedicated to the process of bringing about that transition and delving into the mystery of the fuzzy background by bringing it into focus.  Each church, each ministry has different needs, different families, different cultures that have to be considered and invited into the process of bringing about that change.  My heart is to provide a place that leans into the process of transition and brings light to the obstacles that hinder change in a way that honor is championed, hearts are encouraged and Christ is glorified.  Transition is never easy, but it is possible and it can be an exciting time of growth and visioning for the entire congregation.

Perhaps you find yourself today on the verge of transition.  God has given you a vision.  He has drawn your attention to a new focus through His Word, His Spirit and His Truth, and you are ready to begin the journey of transformation.  Perhaps you’ve tried before and failed and you feel like you just can’t walk the path alone.  Perhaps you are in the trenches, knee deep in the throes of transition and ready to see a light at the end of the tunnel.  Regardless of where you are, if you are feeling this tug towards transforming your church’s ministry to families, I invite you to join me as we together take the steps we need to see God’s heart for children, parents, grandparents and everyone in-between growing together in their faith and life.

It is time to reFocus.

Picture courtesy of Nicole Cook photography, ncookphotography.com