Key for locating your answers from FAQ:
- Questions 1 – 8: General questions
- Questions 9 – 12: Questions from nationals living inside the U.S.
- Questions 13 – 15: Questions from nationals living outside the U.S.
1. I am living in the United States and would like to help families in a specific country. What can I do?
As a volunteer: Take FamilyLife on a mission trip. Many churches in the United States send teams of volunteers to other locations on mission trips. They provide humanitarian assistance, present vacation Bible schools for children or help build or repair homes, churches, and schools. You could take FamilyLife along with you by carrying a suitcase filled with HomeBuilders Couples Series® study guides. Ask the pastor in your target country to invite couples to join you for HomeBuilders sessions during the evenings. Train local couples to be facilitators and encourage them to continue meeting as HomeBuilders groups after you leave. Bring more HomeBuilders study guides the next time you go. If you need a language other than English, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
As a donor: You can give to help FamilyLife strengthen marriages in countries around the world. Your financial gifts can help translate and print HomeBuilders Couples Series and other family resources.
2. How does FamilyLife operate in countries around the world?
Each FamilyLife ministry operates directly under the authority of the National Campus Crusade for Christ office in that country. We seek their blessing and approval for projects such as translations and events. FamilyLife USA serves as a resource and advisor for ministry development.
We encourage flexibility in the method of delivery and cultural adaptation of materials. However, to maintain the integrity of FamilyLife and ensure adherence to the basic biblical principles for families, all uses, translations, and printing must be consistent with the content of The Family Manifesto and the basic FamilyLife Marriage Seminar/Conference contents. For more information on translations, see question number four below.
3. Does FamilyLife have any evangelistic outreach strategies to the non-churched?
Indeed we do! In targeted countries, FamilyLife Global is field-testing several components of broader outreach-oriented strategies. The components are:
- Evangelistic one-day marriage/parenting seminar
- Evangelistic HomeBuilders
- Evangelistic mini-book (Keys to a Successful Marriage)
- Before You Leap Singles Seminar
The use of these tools is currently limited to ministries in countries where there is already a well-developed FamilyLife ministry, including full-time national staff. If you are interested in conducting a field test, contact the FamilyLife Global team at email@example.com.
4. Can I translate or adapt a FamilyLife resource?
No, we work through the Campus Crusade for Christ National Director and FamilyLife Director in each country to translate our resources. This involves signed license agreements with that partner designated as leader of FamilyLife. The resources you are interested in may already be translated, however. For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Can I translate or adapt a FamilyLife resource for personal ministry within my church or neighborhood here in the US?
Please e-mail email@example.com and we will determine if we are able to assist you with personal ministry.
6. I would like to join FamilyLife as a staff member in the United States. How do I apply?
7. Does FamilyLife do anything for military personnel?
Yes, we have a FamilyLife Military Marriage Seminar that has the same basic content as the FamilyLife Weekend to Remember Seminar/Conference. The only difference is the Military Marriage Seminar is shorter and is presented on military installations rather than at hotels. FamilyLife Weekend to Remember Military Marriage Seminars are held at military installations across the U.S. and overseas.
There is a reduced registration rate for all military branches including National Guard and Reserves for military couples who would like to attend a FamilyLife Weekend to Remember in the U.S. Click here for more details.
8. Who should I contact to schedule a FamilyLife Military Marriage Seminar?
For bases in the U.S., e-mail Keith Morgan, the Family Ministries Director for the Military Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ located in Norfolk, Virginia, USA at Family.Ministries@milmin.org.
For U.S. bases outside the United States and FamilyLife opportunities with foreign military organizations, e-mail Daryl Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. I am a foreign national living in the United States and have a desire to help FamilyLife grow in my home country. How do I get started?
Contact the FamilyLife National office in your country and ask about the needs and how you can be involved. Check to see if your country is listed on our Where We Are page for contact information. If there is not a contact for your country, then contact the FamilyLife Global team at email@example.com.
10. Where can I purchase a FamilyLife resource in my language while I am living in the U. S.?
We do not keep inventory of resources in other languages in the U.S. FamilyLife Global office.
For other languages, contact the Campus Crusade National Director’s office of that country. Look at our Where We Are page for contact information for other countries.
11. I would like to join Campus Crusade for Christ as a FamilyLife staff member in a particular country. How do I apply?
You must apply through the Campus Crusade for Christ National Director of that country. If you do not have that contact information, e-mail the FamilyLife Global team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. We are presenting FamilyLife events and have started HomeBuilders groups in my country. Should I send in my conference attendance and salvation decision statistics to the FamilyLife Global team?
Yes, we desire that all FamilyLife attendance and HomeBuilders information be sent so that we may pray for the events. We would like to know the results of those conferences to praise God and report to others the outcome of their prayers. Some of these statistics are published in the quarterly Global newsletter to encourage other countries that others are laboring to reach the world for Christ. Send statistics and contact information to email@example.com.
13. How do I start a FamilyLife Movement in my country?
Because countries are unique, they do not develop in identical ways. Movements begin in five steps.
Step 1: A couple is exposed to FamilyLife by attending a FamilyLife marriage conference or they get involved in a HomeBuilders Couples Series Bible study. As a result, they feel called to help strengthen marriages in their own country. Or sometimes missionaries, pastors, or lay leaders in a church hear about FamilyLife and desire to use FamilyLife resources to strengthen marriages in their sphere of influence.
Step 2: The key couple contacts the Campus Crusade for Christ National Director in their country. With the National Director’s approval, the FamilyLife Global team begins to communicate with the couple to help them launch a FamilyLife ministry.
Step 3: Prayer undergirds the efforts of the key couple as they work with the Global team to make plans best suited for their country.
Step 4: The Global team trains the key couple to organize an exposure event in a church or theater. A FamilyLife speaker presents a talk on biblical principles related to marriage and family. Training of the couple may take place during this time period.
Step 5: The key couple is encouraged to begin a HomeBuilders Couples Series small group study as follow up with those who attended the exposure event.
14. We are in Christian ministry. Can FamilyLife donate to my family needs for education of our children or other personal needs?
We appreciate your desire to serve Christ in your country. FamilyLife does not have the financial capacity to help you in this way. Our funds go directly to our ministries around the world to help them build ministry to families rather than supporting individuals.
15. I am living in another country. Where can I purchase a FamilyLife resource in my language?
We do not keep inventory of resources in other languages in the U.S. Familylife Global office. To view a list of resources in Spanish, go to www.vidaenfamilia.us.
For other languages, contact the National Director’s office of your country. Look at the Where We Are page for contact information for other countries.