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Why do you take teens and preteens on missions trips?

By | 2016-10-18T14:00:19+00:00 February 11, 2016|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

preteen.on.missionWe often ask leaders who are planning a youth, preteen or family missions trip, “Why do you want to take your young people on a missions trip?” And the answer is almost always the same: “Our young people need to learn to give.”

We don’t think that’s the right answer. In this context, we may actually be misleading our kids. It may be wrong to focus on [...]

Disagree, Don’t Disown: Calling on Leaders to Differentiate

By | 2016-10-18T14:01:11+00:00 September 4, 2015|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

differentiationAs the political landscape heats up in the United States, we had to wonder if most governmental leaders, heads of family, and church leaders share a need that would help each sphere of influence or “system” be a lot healthier. Can you imagine a family, a church, or a house of Congress where strongly-held differences of opinion could be voiced without resulting in broken relationships and separation from [...]

Family Ministry Will Never Work, Unless…

By | 2016-10-18T14:02:12+00:00 March 4, 2015|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

What truly impacts families in our churches…and what doesn't?family

While much of the dialog today would make one think that “family ministry” is a new discovery, it has been around in various forms for a long time (it was certainly needed way back when Adam and Eve first found out that brothers don’t always get along). We remember discussing family ministry over thirty years ago in seminary. Sadly, while much has been [...]

Gordon & Becki: KidZ Newsletter July14

By | 2016-10-18T14:03:01+00:00 July 11, 2014|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

10354665_905172741535_4351440270278151865_nWe have more exciting news to share with you this month than space will allow! On the personal front, we have to brag about the young women we call our “children.”

In May, Emily graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development and “magna cum laude” on her diploma! She is now raising support for her assignment as a full-time staffer with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). She continues her work [...]