I have, of course, always rejected the idea that church membership means you “pay dues” through giving and then expect something in return. I knew it was different than that. But Biblically, “member” means something closer to…
As we designed the logos for family ministry, there was significant thought put into the images. We thought it would be fun to share those with you, not because our logo is so interesting, but more because the reasons behind the logos – based in child development and faith formation – are so interesting.
Let me ask you something: What’s the complaint you hear most from your friends, peers, and even your own words, about the pace of your life right now? Do you hear people complaining they have too little to do? Almost never. We are a culture that is overworked, overstressed, over-scheduled, and over-committed. What we need – what would make a real difference that would turn so many of our problems on their head as a culture – is real, actual, regular rest.
But let’s be really honest: Christians are not the only people who believe serving is important, and not all forms of service are done with Christ in mind. This is where gospel-centered becomes an important qualifier in our Habit. The difference between gospel-centered service and service motivated by other things (guilt, duty, forced volunteerism) is that it has a higher purpose and a larger intention.
A Dynamic Partnership (or DP) is a formal partnership that families can choose to enter into that includes a series of strategic conversations, self-analysis, goal-setting, and reflection for parents. The process is mostly asynchronous with the opting-in family controlling most of the schedule. The process includes three assessments (online), a conversation with a DP leader, a conversation with a “Next Phase Family” (parents who have recently passed through the parenting phase you are currently in), and a few more pieces.