Frequently Asked Questions
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What is HomePointe?
What is Faith Path?
What are Digital Family Season Tools
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What will it cost a church of our size?
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Note: Starting with year four, the annual license continues at an ongoing “maintenance price” each year thereafter.
Can the models be customized?
Absolutely! This model was specifically designed to enable each church to customize the templates and content to fit their unique personality, strategy, doctrine, traditions and size. It is also designed to make the leaders of your church the key face and voice of the ministry rather than a remote family ministry personality. See how other churches have customized the model here.
Why an annual usage license vs. one-time purchase?
HomePointe Inc. is a non-profit ministry, not a curriculum publisher or product sales organization. There are, however, royalty obligations for use of the templates and content incorporated into the various resources. Annual licensing fees from partner churches cover a portion of those royalty obligations and a small part of the ongoing creativity and support provided such as training and web support. We use a model similar to Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) that grants permission for worship leaders to use copyright protected music without purchasing individual books for every member or performance rights on each song. Just as CCLI makes it easy for churches to use best-of music for one low annual subscription fee, we make it easy for licensing churches to use best-of family content that is copyright protected.
Are there scholarships for churches struggling financially?
What does the annual usage license include?
1. Full access to customizable templates and content masters – including Appraisals, Plans, Video and Audio Masters, Pointers, Recipe Cards, Campaign Samples, Logos and Signs, Faith Path kit elements, etc. including any new campaigns or resources developed each year.
2. Access to online training modules for the visionary champion and other ministry leaders and volunteers to understand the philosophy, purpose and implementation steps for successful launch and maintenance of the model.
3. As needed phone coaching sessions with a leader that has successfully implemented the model at another church.
4. Member discounts on a variety of HomePointe network partner resources associated with HomePointe campaigns and/or Faith Path kits.
5. Video resources for use in worship services and the small group context to inspire family intentionality such as THE ART OF MARRIAGE series and the IT STARTS AT HOME series hosted by HomePointe founders Kurt and Olivia Bruner.
6. Member rates (25% discount) for a one-day training and/or rapid innovation session to help your church get started. Contact us for more information.
7. Member pricing to a network of graphic design, print, and web partners to help with the customization and production of the HomePointe and Faith Path resources.
8. A trimester HomePointe eNewsletter with advance notification of new resources, updates/revisions to existing resources, as well as articles on trends impacting families.
9. A free, behind the scenes tour of the HomePointe/Faith Path Ministry at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, TX or another regional church already utilizing the HomePointe/Faith Path ministry models.
Can our church download all of the content in the first year rather than renew every year?
Does HomePointe provide the final printed resources?
Are the HomePointe Resources translated into Spanish or other languages?
Can I call or visit a church in my area that has implemented HomePointe to learn more?
Who implements and leads the HomePointe strategy?
The strategy is typically initiated by the Executive Sponsor and led by the Visionary Champion. Additionally, a team of volunteer Hosts can be recruited and trained to staff the HomePointe Center and maintain the ongoing operations. Finally, because these are integrated strategies they leverage the coordination and cooperation of other existing ministry leaders.
When should we launch the model?
How is the ministry momentum maintained?
Since the HomePointe ministry model is designed to operate on a predictable, catalytic cycle, it becomes part of your routine ministry planning process and church calendar. Two or three times per year you will coordinate a featured campaign theme (e.g. Intentional Families, Prayer@Home, Serving Together, Holiday emphasis, etc.) that can be integrated into all the ministries of the church, as well as ongoing initiatives (e.g. 120-Day Plans, HomePointe Center resources, etc.). As soon as the team has implemented one integrated campaign it can begin making plans for the next – building momentum through catalytic experiences that drive a culture of intentional families.
The Faith Path Kits and Birthday Emails support a second catalytic cycle that is linked to a natural marker in each parent’s life – their child’s birthday. Once the birthday process is established the strategy serves to “drip feed” parental intentionality into your congregation one family at a time. We also suggest hosting a Faith Path Foundations hot-topic class on a semi-annual or trimester basis to further inspire parents that might want some extra coaching beyond what is made available in the kits.
How do I get the leadership team on board?
1. The Visionary Champion: This person may be the senior pastor, executive pastor, board member or senior level staff member who is passionate about creating a culture of intentional families within your church. He or she is the person most responsible for driving the vision forward.
2. The Executive Sponsor: This is the person with enough experience and influence to effectively keep family-centered objectives on the radar screen of the senior leadership team. Additionally, this person removes any barriers, assures adequate budgeting, and sets and expectation of cooperation between the various ministries and departments within the church during the initial implementation and launch.
You will also want to identify an administrative coordinator, usually a high capacity volunteer or a skilled administrative support staff member. This person must love managing details and be comfortable working with basic software programs such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, DVD burning programs, etc. They should also have access to your existing church communications team in order to leverage the existing print and web communications resources. The initial launch period (120 days) will likely require 20-30 hours per week of this person’s time. Ongoing operations will require about 10-15 hours per week.
Once you have the Visionary Champion, Executive Sponsor and Administrative Coordinator in place work with the broader leadership team to develop an integrated strategy to avoid launching yet another isolated program. The HomePointe and Faith Path models are designed to support and leverage all the existing ministries of the church. There is no one-size fits all or cookie cutter pattern to do this. Instead, each ministry area should answer three questions:
- How will we cast a vision of family intentionality?
- How will we create a culture of family intentionality?
- How will we make it easier for people to be intentional in their families?
Can someone coach us through implementation?
However, we do have several more personalized coaching options for partner churches ranging from phone conversations to on-site consultation. Learn more here (login required).
What is the purpose of the 120-Day Appraisal/Plan resource?
What is the purpose of Integrated Church Campaigns?
Where should our physical HomePointe Center be located?
What is the purpose of the HomePointe Center?
Will I need volunteers to host the HomePointe Center?
When should our HomePointe Center be open?
This varies depending on your church’s schedule and the design of your Center. We recommend that at a minimum your HomePointe Center is open and accessible for 30 minutes before and after each worship service, major program times (e.g. Sunday School hour, mid-week events, etc.) and any special events you host.
What is the purpose of the Family Season Pointers?
What is the purpose of the Recipe Cards?
The best intentions are useless without ongoing motivation and practical ideas. Complimentary “Recipe Cards” (i.e. Date Night andFaith@Home activities) serve as a low-cost, versatile resource making it easy for couples, parents and grandparents to become more intentional. They also serve as an ideal tool for motivating seasonal intentionality on holidays such as Valentines, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. Watch a short explanation video below.
What is the purpose of the Audio Podcasts?
What is the purpose of the books and other resources on display in the HomePointe Center?
Do you sell the books and other resources to churches?
For the most part, no. Any books you decide to sell or loan will need to be obtained from the publisher of each title or a bookstore. To purchase the My Faith Box resource go here.
Can we include HomePointe materials on our church web site, social media, mobile app, etc.?
Learn more on the HOMEPOINTE TOOLS page.
What is the purpose of the Faith Path Kits?
- Guide -Specific guide teaching the why and how for that specific step. Each guide also recommends the “best of” resources for that topic.
- Starter Ideas – Simple ideas for activities and getting started with the specific step.
- Extras – Special extra elements for one step at a time intentionality including songs, stickers and bookmarks. (Elements are specific to step)
- Training Video – Short video including experts/authors on the specific topic as well as other families to share their stories and give simple ideas/encouragement. You can view highlights from several training videos below to get a feel for the elements included in these videos and a feel for how the kits target age-specific needs.
How do we use the children's birthdays to prompt parental intentionality?
How should I distribute the Faith Path kits?
What is the purpose of the Faith Path Launch Campaign?
What type of staff will I need to manage the Faith Path process?
How does MY FAITH BOX differ from the Faith Path strategy?
How do you measure success for the HomePointe model?
- Making it more likely couples will create a life-long, thriving marriage
- Making it more likely parents will introduce their own young children to faith in Jesus Christ in the context of the home
- Making it more likely parents will coach their teens toward become devoted followers of Christ
To gauge impact of our “make it easy” and “make it more likely” efforts Lake Pointe Church invites every family to take a personal assessment of their own level of intentionality. Once per year we collect this anonymous assessment and review the results. After three years using the strategy we found several key changes including…
- “God designed the family as the primary context for spiritual formation” moved from the least lived-outof our 13 core values to the 4th most lived-out value.
- We increased from the typical 10% of parents doing something to drive faith conversations at home to over 50%.
We also receive data from the survey on what percentage of couples are praying together, how many singles feel called to remain single vs. desire to marry, whether grandparents are investing in their grandkids, etc. So, while we don’t measure each specific campaign or resource provided, we do measure the overall movement from a culture of passivity to a culture of faith@home intentionality.
For a further explanation of the strategy and measures that drive the HomePointe and Faith Path models visit the Philosophy and Strategy page. Kurt Bruner briefly explains measures as part of the second video titled Strategy.
What software will my team need in order to customize the HomePointe and Faith Path master files?
A full list of software needed to view and edit all the provided files is below, listed in rough priority order:
- Microsoft Word and Powerpoint (or their equivalent)
- A PDF viewer (Adobe Reader, Preview, etc.)
- A video player (Windows Media Player, Quicktime, etc.)
- Adobe Illustrator (required for most design edits and many language edits)
- Adobe Photoshop
- A video and/or audio editing software (Adobe Premiere, iMovie, Audacity, etc.)
- Adobe InDesign (Only a few files need this)
How do I change my password or other information?
What if I can't log in, or I forgot my username and/or password?
Can we have multiple login accounts for each of our team members?
There is a typo/error in one of the files. How can I get this corrected?
Some of these files are huge! What is the best way to get all of the files with minimal time loss?
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Our model has restored the home as the primary context for Spiritual Formation for hundreds of churches worldwide.
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