Your faith informs, shapes, and guides your life in profoundly meaningful ways. Your understanding of God and how God works in your life is the foundation from which you orient to everything you hold dear. Because your faith is such a critical part of your life, you signed up for studies, read books, and soaked in as much knowledge and experience as you could… until somebody else noticed that hunger, that passion in you… and asked you to lead.
Whether a familiar group asked you to facilitate, or your Pastor asked you to move from volunteer to paid staff, or you felt called to professional ministry and hold an advanced degree; you are faced with the challenge of shifting from doing the things that work for you to creating an environment in which others can discover and grow into what works for them.
And if that isn’t enough, exploring questions of faith has a way of touching every facet of life. So you quickly discover that you aren’t just having conversations about faith. You are having conversations about…
• how faith intersects marriages
• how faith influences parenting
• how faith sets expectations for work relationships
• how faith informs life purpose
• how faith embraces grief
• how faith responds to failure and loss
• how faith leads to healing and wholeness
And you want to help, but it’s hard to know how. There are a lot of things to know and consider as you guide and lead aren’t there?
You want to model and teach disciplines, skills, concepts, and strategies that empower others to choose their own path toward health and wellbeing. You look for resources to inform your conversations, but the scientific materials on marriage and parenting don’t have a faith component; and most of the faith-based materials on marriage and parenting don’t include insights from the most recent scientific studies. You know strategies that work for you, but it’s hard to know if those same strategies will work for others. How do you lead people to a growing faith with deeper relational connections with limited time and budget?
I get it. I’ve been there.
I know what it feels like to face a stack of books that I need to read to know which is the best resource for a particular person. I know what it feels like to insert Scripture references and theological content into a scientific resource so that I’m teaching skills that work and providing faith language that makes sense. I also know what it feels like to be stuck between the expectations of my family, the Pastor in Charge, the needs of the congregation, and my own sense of calling – without the skills to set, communicate, and maintain healthy boundaries. I get it. It can be incredibly overwhelming.
As a professional faith formation leader, I tried changing jobs thinking I could better manage the expectations of others if my setting changed; but I soon discovered that the real work was mine to do. I had to learn to set, communicate, and maintain healthy boundaries in any setting. If I wanted to have healthy relationships in my work and family life, I needed to learn and practice the skills of healthy relationships.
I’ve spent over a decade learning the science of healthy relationships and reading the Bible as a dialogue partner with the science. And I’ve discovered that Biblically and scientifically sound frameworks for interior and relational life really do cause thriving. I use these frameworks and practice these skills every day in my family life and my work life.
Can I help you do the same?
At Faithful Family Life, I help passionate faith leaders like you create environments to support transformational growth, nurture deep relational connections, and equip families to thrive. Our mission is to give you the clarity, encouragement, and tools you need to meet individuals and families where they are and walk with them on a faithful journey of health and wellbeing.
Through courses (like Forming Faithful Families and Walking in the Way of the Spirit), frameworks (like Life in the Spirit, Life Compass, Relational Life, Torah, and Life Maps), products (like the Adolescent Score Card), plus resource reviews and recommendations – we’re creating church as a healthy place in which to grow and serve. We are providing resources and coaching to equip communities to nurture healthy, faithful families throughout the developmental life cycle so skills are developed in advance of challenge and crisis. Every day, we see leaders trade stress for health. We hope you’ll join us.
Now it’s your turn.
Every resource on this site was created with you in mind. Every course, study, article, product, and tool has been designed to help committed faith leaders like you create environments that support health and wellbeing for everyone… including yourself.
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Yes, you really can meet people where they are and walk with them on a faithful journey of health and wellbeing. All it takes is intention and a mentor with a plan to guide you. If you’re ready to go, I’ll join you and bring my toolbox.
Let’s get started.
Want to start where I did? Then check out Self Care for some insights and suggestions to inform your daily practice. You will need to intentionally fill your emotional well so that you have plenty of energy and patience to wisely guide others. If you’d like a little support in getting started, then Coaching may be just what you need.
More interested in the significant relationships that shape our lives? Then check out Relationship Care to learn what really works in relationships so you can guide others to plot their course toward faithful healthy ones. This is also the place to find relationship resources along with some insight on how to use those resources. And Coaching services are available to help you use and teach sound relationship skills.
If you need ideas for your adult groups, check out Growing in Faith for small group studies and developmentally appropriate resources throughout the life cycle. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, send me an e-mail at email@example.com and we can work together to locate what you need.
If you are a faith formation leader who wants to be intentional about building an education program where families learn skills in advance of difficulty and crisis, then Leader Training is for you. We will meet monthly on a Zoom call for coaching and mutual support. You will receive support as you implement programs in your setting designed to transform family life so couples are happier, children are thriving, families are more deeply connected, and your organization is a healthy place in which to serve.
Maybe you’re a Pastor-in-Charge and you are passionate about creating an environment that supports transformational faith education, but you need more hands-on support. Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can begin a dialogue about ministry partnership in your community.
As for me, I use these frameworks and skills every day in my family life and in my work life. I am a faith formation leader with a passion for helping families become more deeply connected and faithful. I hope you’ll join the faithful family life movement… our neighborhoods, communities, and future generations will thank you.
You will receive new resources and insights as they are posted. You will be the first to know about new small group studies and courses. And you will enjoy a preferred sign-up window for space-limited offerings.