“When you care for the family, you change the world.”
The church today is filled with broken families and yet they have very few resources for how to help them heal and change this pattern of brokenness. We want to equip church leaders - pastors, staff, leaders, parents, volunteers - with the tools to meet the needs of their congregations and develop these four aspects:
Along with you, we want to help build a grass roots movement that changes the trajectory of families, parenting and marriages around the world.
The HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University seeks to advance the work of God in the world by educating, equipping, and encouraging parents and churches to build God-honoring families from generation to generation.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
In response to the overwhelming needs of parents and families, Jim Burns founded HomeWord in 1985. He established four strategies to help adults help kids:
In 2009, Azusa Pacific University and HomeWord came together as strategic partners to form the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family, two strong organizations with similar values bonding together to become even more effective.
In December of 2010, Doug Fields, a national expert in the field of youth and family, joined the HomeWord team as the senior director for the center, adding a greater depth of communication and leadership. The opportunity to put two leaders together with such passion, influence and impact has never been done in family ministry. Working alongside churches throughout Southern California and across the U.S., their goal is to help families nationwide have healthy relationships, from this generation to the next.
Working with HomeWord, Azusa Pacific developed a Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry, as well as strategic conferences and seminars to help develop effective individuals and leaders in family ministry, youth ministry, and marriage and student leadership. The HomeWord Center for Youth and Ministry at Azusa Pacific is one of the nation's leaders in family ministry.