This is our first attempt at writing an Annual Report, and while it’s impossible to cover everything that happened this last year, we trust you’ll find this an adequate summary.
Death By Small Group Meeting – Download
Let’s face it. It can be hard to keep things fresh in our meetings. If our meetings aren’t good, it will be tough to keep momentum for groups to remain energized. Patrick Lencioni offers some helpful perspective that we can apply to our small groups in his bestselling book Death By Meeting.
I Want to Be a Small Group Leader – Download
So you want to be a Small Group Leader, eh? That is great! Use this Launch Booklet to help you think through the details. Make sure you let your group leader know so they can help you work through it.
The Life Cycle of a Small Group – Download
You may not know it, but the challenges your group is feeling may not be unique to your group. Each group goes through what might be called growth pains. Part of the solution is understanding the problem in the first place.
Resources for Parents
Never Mind the Joneses by Tim Stafford
Stafford trades in a “one-size-fits-all” parenting program in favor of identifying and discussing some essential core values in a Christian home. While he suggests ways in which those values might be implemented, Stafford clearly emphasizes the importance of individual families finding ways which best work for their family culture.
Families Where Grace is in Place by Jeff VanVonderen
This is a wonderful reminder of Christ’s work in our children’s lives and how we as parents act with Christ to rear our children in Him. This book will help a parent to shape a different perspective on Christian parenting.
The Spiritual Growth of Children by John Trent, Rick Osborne, and Kurt Bruner
An easy-to-read book that starts at the basics with quizzes to identify your child’s strengths well as things they may struggle with and styles that point you to ways to teach each individual child. The ideas and spiritual concepts that children can grasp at each age up to age 12 are spelled out. This book is a good reminder that spiritual training does not happen by itself, and also that training children is not out of reach.
Too Small to Ignore: Why Children are The Next Big Thing by Wes Stafford
The president of Compassion International tells his own candid, gripping story of his childhood adventures as a Missionary Kid in an African village. He weaves together wonderful storytelling with compelling insight, addressing the basic needs of children everywhere.
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian
A great encouragement not just to pray for our children, but an offering of pointed and powerful ways to lift them up to God.
The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA
This book has proven to be a valuable tool to many parents who have a child that is a bit “out-of-sync” with their world and their development. Warm and easy to understand, this book does a masterful job of describing the ways children respond to sensations and their world around them. Kranowitz offers hope, insight, and practical information that will help parents understand their “out-of-sync” child and how their nervous system works as well as helpful tools to address their child’s difficulties.
Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel
Learn to see yourself and your children through God’s limitless tenderness. Tim Kimmel teaches how to embrace the grace God offers, so that we can begin to give it – creating a sound foundation for growing morally strong and spiritually-motivated children.
Faith Begins at Home by George Barna
This book reminds us that it’s not taking our children to church that develops a strong faith life. It challenges us with the statistics that the most significant religious influences for Christian teens are Mom, Dad, a grandparent, friends and siblings.
The purpose of the Celebrate Recovery ministry is to experience and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the “8 Recovery Principles” and “The 12 Steps of Recovery.” By working through and applying these biblical principles, we grow spiritually. And as we grow, we begin to find freedom from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors.
Everyone in our church has free, unlimited access to over 3,500 videos to view from your phone, tablet or computer, in a group setting through a projector or TV, at church or in your home. To request access to the video library, please contact Karen Nines.
Bible Study Library
The extensive Bible Study Library includes video discipleship content for every age group and every life situation. You can search by topic or browse through over 25 channels including Just Released, Marriage, Youth, Parenting and others.
Customizable Training Library
The Customizable Training Library is able to send training posts to various small group leaders and teachers. There are valuable video training clips on a wide variety of church and life issues as well as hundreds of humorous and dramatic video illustrations.
Leadership Events Library
The Leadership Events Library gives you access to longer leadership conference teaching sessions that will stretch your faith and inspire you to grow. There’s great content from leaders like Francis Chan, Bill Hybels, Dave Ramsey and many others.
Whether at church, at home, or in the back seat on a long drive, families with children of all ages now have UNLIMITED ACCESS to an enormous library of entertaining and educational Bible-based content – JUST FOR KIDS!