Frequently Asked Questions
EXPLORING PARTNERSHIPS FAQs
What is HomePointe?
What is Faith Path?
What will it cost a church of our size?
For about the same amount a church will spend hosting a noted guest speaker for weekend services or a marriage/parenting conference they can leverage the HomePointe model for a full year of impact. The annual license fee decreases by 50% during the first four years so that the church eventually pays a modest annual maintenance fee. Current pricing categories are listed below. Keep in mind, there will be other implementation costs beyond the license fee that vary depending upon customization decisions such as the size/style of your HomePointe Center, the quality of paper used to print resources, etc.
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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?
The first step to implementing the HomePointe and/or Faith Path model in your church is to have the full commitment and support of your leadership team. That is why we have developed the Commitment and Annual Usage License Agreement to be signed by the Executive Sponsor found in the Implementation Field Guide. It describes two essential roles.
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?
We try to provide all of the coaching you will need online in order to keep your costs as low as possible. Most succeed using this approach.
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?
The main purpose of the HomePointe strategy is to challenge folks to become more intentional at home. That is why we invite every adult to complete an intentionality plan every 120 days. This tool is designed to be facilitated in any context (worship service, small groups, counseling sessions, individually, etc.) the goal is to create a culture of customized intentionality by making it easy for every family to assess how they’ve done the past four months and decide what small steps they can take in the next. The Appraisal serves as an anonymous, church-wide measuring device to inform leadership strategy. Watch a short explanation video below.
What is the purpose of Integrated Church Campaigns?
Semi-annual or trimester campaigns are designed to help you build a marriage and family emphasis into your existing ministry calendar. These campaigns may include a stand-alone sermon or special sermon series, an emphasis in your small group context, church media coordination, children’s and student ministry tools, etc. Campaigns serve as the catalytic context for inspiring family intentionality with the entire congregation. View a short explanation video below.
Where should our physical HomePointe Center be located?
What is the purpose of the HomePointe Center?
Whether called the “HomePointe Center” or some other name, partner churches create a physical connection point for families in a high traffic location of the church. The HomePointe Center serves three main purposes. First, it provides an ongoing means of supplying customizable ideas and encouragement to church families. Second, it facilitates “self-serve” family ministry so that 100% of the people can take next steps while the staff concentrates on the 5-10% who may require in-depth attention. Third, it makes an ongoing statement to the church about the priority of faith at home. Watch a short explanation video below.
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?
Complimentary audio presentations can be made available in audio CD or as podcast downloads from your church web site as another free tool to motivate family intentionality. This tool creates a “third time slot” beyond the worship service and small group gatherings because people are willing to listen while driving or on the go. Watch a short explanation video below.
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.
Can we include HomePointe materials on our church web site, social media, mobile app, etc.?
Absolutely! It is best to leverage the power of podcasts, social networking groups, web site links, etc. as you create a church-wide culture of family intentionality. Watch a short explanation video below.
What is the purpose of the Faith Path Kits?
The kits are a gift from the church at key child birthdays to inspire and equip parents to focus on the milestone or spiritual discipline most appropriate for the child’s age and stage of development. There is one overview kit and 13 individual kits. Each kit includes the following:
- 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?
Child birthdays can serve as a catalyst for reminding and equipping parents to embrace their privilege as the primary guide for their child’s faith formation journey. The ideal process is to send an email or letter from the lead pastor/church/ministry offering a free gift (the age-specific Faith Path kit) to parents at key child birthday milestones. Watch the following video explaining the email strategy and alternative options.
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?
Very few church ministry efforts can be measured. For example, few pastors are able to measure whether people are applying the weekly sermon. But we continue the teaching ministry because it is a clear priority for every church. It is, however, easier to measure impact when you have a clear objective. The HomePointe model seeks to create a culture of intentional families by…
- 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 innovative tools provide churches of any size the opportunity to implement the HomePointe model successfully.