Links Galore: Why So Many?
Each of these 36 sites, and many others not listed, have good things for parents and church leaders. A few have been around for a long time, providing resources for families starting in the 1970s and 1980s. They are tried and true. Others came alongside them, offering more support. Several are recent additions, raised up by God as another voice to further perfect his bride, the church.
Some are geared primarily for parents of young children, some for older children. Several are designed primarily for church leaders. Others speak to those involved in ministry with children and youth. One is more for home-schoolers. The first one will help you study the word. All of them provide encouragement and tools for dads.
Where do you start? First, I’d start by thanking God for his provision in this area. It’s close to his heart–parenting, fathering. Then ask for his guidance to lead you to the sites that will meet a need of yours, that would change you, that would enlighten your understanding, that would challenge you to do your best as a man, as a husband, as a father, as a son, as a servant. Then start poking around. See what they have to offer. Read some articles. If it helps you, stick with it. If not, move on. As dads, we’re in lots of different stages and situations, so what appeals to one man might not resonate with another.
The underlying message this listing shouts loudly and clearly is this: It’s time! It is time for dads and church leaders to once again fully embrace the message of Deuteronomy 6:4-9. God is moving. These sites will help you move with him!
The largest free online Bible website for verse search and in-depth studies.” 39 Bible versions, commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, interlinear, lexicons, reading plans, and more.
AllProDad.com, Tony Dungy, Mark Merrill
Family First’s program that helps men become better fathers through hundreds of articles, Top 10 Lists, and Play of the Day daily email with 70,000 (and counting) subscribers. Check out the videos for dads and the events for Dads and kids. Listen to Family Minute with Mark Merrill.
AMFMOnline.com, Association of Marriage and Family Ministries, Eric & Jennifer Garcia
AMFM is committed to encouraging, training and equipping the church to build marriage and family ministries that are relevant to the needs of the culture. Lists 50 resource members who produce resources and/or provide training related to marriage and family education/ministry.
Barna.org, George Barna, David Kinnaman
Barna Group is a visionary research and resource company, widely considered to be a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture. Check out the list of topics.
BiblicalParenting.org, National Center for Biblical Parenting, Dr. Scott Turansky, Joanne Miller, RN
Three departments: resources for parents with a heart-based approach to child rearing; helping churches train and equip parents using parenting ministry as an outreach; a Biblical Parenting University. Partners with AWANA, the International Network of Children’s Ministry, the AMFM (above), and Family Time Training (below).
CPYU.org, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU), Walt Mueller
The CPYU is committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers. Solid stuff here since 1990. See the list of articles for parents.
DriveFaithHome.com, for church leaders, Kurt Bruner
This site grew “out of a movement launched in 2007 when we assembled a network of local church leaders concerned about declining faith in the next generation. Believing the problem is not what happens at church but what desperately needs to happen at home, we began innovating how churches can create a culture of intentional families.”
HomePointe.org HomePointe exists to help you become intentional about building a God-honoring home one step at a time. (redirects to lakepointe.org, Lake Pointe Church, TX)
WillowCreek.com/InnovationsAlliance, Dr. John Trent, Kurt Bruner
The Strong Families Innovation Alliance is a coalition of leading churches “discovering, implementing and sharing cutting edge family ministry programs targeting three areas of concern:” strengthening family relationships; winning our kids to Christ; keeping our youth through church and home partnerships.
D6 stands for Deuteronomy 6:5-7 which commands dads and moms to take everyday opportunities to impress God’s Word upon the hearts of their children. They link to lots of parenting books; offer devotional magazines for all ages, provide digital downloads from their conferences, and much more.
Faith@Home.com, Mark Holmen
Resources to help you and your church become Faith@Home focused. Their mission is to continue shaping ministry programs so that they are increasingly home-centered.
FamilyDads.com, Joey and Judy Watkins
The mission: to encourage Dads in their role as husband, father, and servant leader of their family. Weekly e-Newsletter, articles, unique videos, resources.
FamilyFans, at Nappaland.com, Mike Nappa
FamilyFans.com is a free, quarterly, e-magazine for parents! Our goal…is to help parents to enjoy and better relate to their kids. We firmly believe that “Happy memories make happy families,” and so (we) work to provide ideas, advice, insight, wisdom, and a healthy dose of fun for parents to share with their children in normal, everyday life.
FamilyFriendlyPN.com, The Family Friendly Partners Network, Ben Freudenburg
Their mission is to train and equip churches to partner with homes to strengthen and pass on faith in Jesus Christ to the third and fourth generation–to become intentional Christian marriage and family forming centers.
FamilyLife.com, Dennis & Barbara Rainey
This ministry offers a wide range of tools to help families become stronger, tools that help you: communicate more lovingly and effectively; rekindle romance; become the very best parent you can be. “FamilyLife is committed to helping people know and apply the biblical blueprints for maintaining a God-honoring marriage and raising children to become responsible adults.”
FamilyMatters.net, Dr. Tim Kimmel
Their goal “is to see families transformed by God’s grace into instruments of restoration and reformation by equipping families for every age and stage of life.” Their ministry philosophy “promotes a character-driven strategy for parenting, and shows family members how to leave a legacy that never dies.” Books and video studies on parenting, grandparenting, special needs. Daily radio broadcast with transcripts. See GrandParenthood.net and DinnerDialogue.com.
Famtime.com, Family Time Training, Kirk Weaver
“Family Time is a term used to describe fun, intentional, spiritual lessons in the home,” teaching “specific Christian values, character qualities and spiritual beliefs.” Receive weekly lessons, monthly activities for download, products for home use, and support for churches.
Fatherhood.org, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), Roland Warren
Mission: To improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers. We strive to ensure a brighter future for America’s youth. By equipping and educating fathers, we’re working on an issue that is at the core of our nation’s well-being. Father facts research, resources, and more.
Fathers.com, The National Center for Fathering, Dr. Ken Canfield
This is an educational organization that provides research-based training and resources so that men are equipped to address their children’s needs.” Check out their “Research” menu.
FocusOnTheFamily.com, Jim Daly, Dr. James Dobson (founder)
Focus on the Family is “dedicated to helping families thrive,” providing “help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages,” and for “parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles, protect them from the harmful influences of culture and equip them to make a difference to those around them. Their link “See all parenting resources” displays over 1,650 resources from Christianbook.com, in order of recent sales.
pluggedin.com: reviews of movies, TV programs, music, games;
see also movieguide.org, Ted Baehr
clubhousemagazine.com/movies: movie reviews for children
HeritageBuilders.com, Dr. Otis & Gail Ledbetter, Jim & Janet Weidman, Kurt & Olivia Bruner
“Passing along a heritage of Christian faith to your family is a parent’s highest calling.” “We exist to equip, train and motivate parents to become intentional about building a strong spiritual heritage.”
HomeWord.com, HomeWord Center for Youth and Family, Jim Burns, Proverbs 22:6
“HomeWord seeks to advance the work of God in the world by educating, equipping, and encouraging parents and churches to build God-honoring families from generation to generation.”
LegacyMilestones.com, Brian Haynes
They partner with parents to equip preschoolers, children, and students with the Biblical and practical understanding to experience the next phase of life, building a legacy of faith into the next generation. We have created a simple path for families to walk on called Legacy Milestones.
MyFamilyTalk.org, Dr. James and Ryan Dobson, LuAnne Crane
Dr. Dobson provides sound biblical advice on Christian marriages, families and parenting through a daily radio program (see archives), a monthly newsletter, and many other resources.
Smalley.cc, Gary Smalley Site with Micahel & Amy, Greg & Erin
Building better relationships… See the free downloads under “I Need Help.” Lots of great resources.
StrongFamilies.com, Dr John Trent
This is a ministry committed to strengthening marriage and family relationships worldwide. Articles, books, videos, training, e-mails and more. See also TheBlessing.com.
VisionForumMinistries.com, Doug Phillips
Vision Forum Ministries exists to encourage and equip the biblical family, to train and facilitate fathers leading their families in righteousness, and to provide a forum of events, messages, and resources to assist in your family’s multi-generational legacy of faithfulness. See also: ncifc.org,
VisionaryParenting.com, Rob and Amy Rienow
“The mission of Visionary Family Ministries is to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a global reformation of family discipleship. Four major areas of ministry are: Visionary Parenting; Visionary Marriage; Never Too Late for empty nest parents; and Building Bible-Driven Churches — through conferences, books, dvds, articles, and pastoral counseling.
Voddie Baucham Ministries, Voddie Baucham
VBM is committed to honoring Jesus Christ by equipping believers to walk in truth. That he does. Check out the videos and the links. See his new book at FamilyShepherds.com.