Collaborate: Family + Church


Collaborate: Family + Church

The new book from Michael Chanley + the Group of 34.


Now available on Kindle, iPad, iPod, and multiple other digital formats!

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Latest Activity: Apr 8, 2016

Here is your chance to participate in the Collaborate project:

We want to hear from you:
-What is working to connect family + church?
-What challenges are you facing?
-What is your vision for the future?

Share your thoughts with us in 500-1000 words.

The best submissions could be added to future printings of "Collaborate: Family + Church" ... YOU could be published with the other 35 authors!

Participating in this project is simple:
1. Join this group
2. Start a forum discussion Click here.
3. Share your post with others by inviting them to join the conversation

We are looking forward to collaborating with you!

Discussion Forum

Collaborating with Families of Children with Autism

Started by Michael Woods. Last reply by Lindsey R. Whitney Jul 22, 2012. 1 Reply

I'd betcha my next paycheck that a parent of a child with autism has MORE than 3,000 hours of unscheduled time with their child each year.  Kids on the autism spectrum can be "high maintenance" and…Continue

"Partnering" With Parents or Pushing Parents Into Our Initiatives?

Started by Key Ministry. Last reply by Daniel Geer Mar 4, 2011. 2 Replies

One of our teammates who has served for many years in children's ministry and, more recently, family ministry, made the following comment in her…Continue

Tags: libbypeterson, keyministry

Family Ministry - You Want Me To Do What?

Started by Jill Crew. Last reply by Helen Fuller Oct 5, 2010. 8 Replies

Becoming a parent has changed the way I look at family ministry.  Before becoming a parent, I thought about how wonderful family devotions would be for my family.  I thought life would look a lot…Continue

Parable of the Bean Plants: My Story of Why Family Matters in Ministry

Started by Margie Myers. Last reply by Michael Chanley Sep 21, 2010. 3 Replies

The Parable of the Bean PlantsBy Margie Myers  Okay, I admit it.  I don’t have the greenest of thumbs.  I admire the work and dedication it takes to keep beautiful flower gardens thriving, and I…Continue

Tags: spiritual, partnering, growth, parable, collaborate

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Comment by Nathan Bright on July 3, 2012 at 2:34pm

Thanks Vicki for the great information.

Comment by Nathan Bright on July 3, 2012 at 2:31pm

Awesome time this summer! Camp, VBS, and Free Lunch Kids camp! Praying and striving to gather teams together for the Fall! What do you do to invite volunteers/partners back each year? Do you do a yearly commitment? I am getting ready to send out information for this upcoming year of 2012-2013 and I am striving to educate myself on this. Trying to keep the yearly commitment fresh and exciting. Thanks.

Comment by Vicki Ejibe on January 6, 2011 at 2:44pm
Nathan I have done sopme of these development things over the years with our nursery. We could not add a window and I really didn't want to because some parents look in until their child sees them and often waits for them to cry. So, I added cameras to each room with a monitor in the drop off lobby that parents could stand and watch as they want to. The emergency cribs I have gotten from different suppliers over the years but currently the ones I have are from Discount School Supplies. Just Google evacuation cribs and the suppliers come up.  Some years ago I set up a parent feedback form so I can continually keep up with trends and thoughts instead of a specific evaluation or critique. Nursery Smart Pages from Gospel Light is what I started with about 15 years ago and even though I have seen many other tools over the years I must say this is still a good basic tool to grow with. Hope it helps! Be Blessed!
Comment by Nathan Bright on January 6, 2011 at 12:00pm
Struggling with the continual development of nursery.  What resources are out there that offer an evaluation and a plan for overhaul or small tweeking?  One item needed is adding a window that has to be installed by cutting into steel studs.  Other item is updating cribs to have an emergency crib.  any ideas...
Comment by Sam Luce on November 5, 2010 at 11:26pm
Just joined woohoo!
Comment by Pastor Charlis Masih on September 20, 2010 at 2:48pm
Hbr 1:7 In speaking of the angels he says, "He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire."

Comment by Michael Chanley on September 13, 2010 at 4:32pm
Thanks for the encouragement, Barbara... you should look Pastor Justyn here on cmconnect and give him a shout out too. He's top notch!
Comment by Barbara Graves on August 24, 2010 at 6:51pm
Hey, Michael! Just a follow up to say that Collaborate has, again, done what you hoped, connected families and the church. We have now established a leadership development program for our 3rd-5th graders, that combines parent teaching and encouraging along with the reinforcement of church leaders to help our kids grow spiritually. The chapter by Pastor Justyn about his All Star's was a great inspiration, and even though our program is somewhat different, he provided the basis for starting. Months down the road, your project is still inspiring. On to the next vision.....
Comment by Michael Chanley on July 20, 2010 at 11:11pm
Thanks J.C.
Comment by J.C. Thompson on July 7, 2010 at 2:40pm
just wanted to tell you guys that the book was awesome!!! Loved every chapter

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