Favorite DVD Curriculums
for family-oreinted ministry and outreach
Financial Peace University (FPU)
www.daveramsey.com - Basic format: 13-weeks, 2 hours each week (1 hour of video plus 1 hour of class discussion). Leadership requirements: No certification necessary. Cost for leadership kit: $299. (Make sure you get the one for churches, not personal use) Cost for participant kit: $93. Notes: A huge advantage in using this particular financial curriculum is that it is widely recognized and respected in the community, and your classes can be listed on the Dave Ramsey website. There is a hispanic version, see www.adnresgutierrez.com.
Love & Logic (Parenting)
www.loveandlogic.com - Leadership requirements: Must be certified, which costs $395. Notes: Though not as widely recognized as FPU, this is a known and credible resource in the community. It is used in many schools, including some of ours as well as entire public school districts. DVD's and workbooks available in Spanish.
Love & Respect (Marriage)
www.loveandrespect.com - Basic format: 5 segments, can do in 10 sessions. Designed for living room or small groups. Leadership requirements: None. Cost for DVD set and 10 participant workbooks: $245. Spanish options: Books and workbooks.
www.divorcecare.org - Basic format: 13 weeks, video plus discussion, plus assignments for in between. Leadership requirements: None. leadership support: Exceptional. Basic kit: $340.
Other Resources on Marriage
Book: The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman. A classic. This is now available on DVD! See www.5lovelanguages.com.
Family Life Weeked to Remember conferences: www.familylife.com
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage with Mark Gungor: www.laughyourway.com. Loved by many, a little crass for some. 4 DVDs
Tale of Two Brains, also from Mark Gungor, single DVD unlocking the secrets to life, love and marriage. (How men and women think differently.)
Marriage on the Rock by Jimmy Evans of Marriage Today. Ten-sessions, each covering a different area of marriage. Solid, traditional material and approach, well done. www.marriagetoday.org.
Love Talk, Dr.s Les & Leslie Parrott on communication, 6 sessions - www.realrelationships.com. Designed to show 15 minutes of video and have structured group interaction.
I Love You More, also from Drs. Les & Leslie Parrot, 6 sessions on how everyday problems can strengthen your marriage.
The Couple Checkup, part of Life Innovations' Prepare/Enrich program, www.couplecheckup.com.
Marriage in God's Hands by Willie & Elaine Oliver, GC Family Life Department, 4 DVDs, 12 topics. Available through www.adventsource.org.
Our strategies for supporting your church in family ministries:
Meeting (any time) with your local church leaders to introduce curriculums and the Family Night concept. We'll continue as your on-call coach. Call us!
Including training components in each of our conference-wide events. Send us your people!
Strengthening our work with our lay leadership networks. Through your nominating committees, give us leaders in your church for: Family Ministries, Women's Ministries, Men's Ministries and Singles' Ministries.
For more ideas, contact Cheri Corder, Director of Family Ministries
Oregon Conference office -- 503-850-3558