New Resources

Coming in December: 24 Hours That Changed the World studies for youth and children

A Savior is Born:  Has Christmas lost it's significance?  It's one of the most familiar stories in human history:  the birth of Jesus in a lowly manger in Bethlehem.  A Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  Yet, how can we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Savior in our frantic, consumer-driven society?  How do we make sure the Christmas holiday remains a Holy Day?  In each of these four Advent sessions, viewers will experiencecinematic short films that capture events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ.  Then Pete Briscoe will open up Scripture to bring us back to the roots and heart of our faith in Christ.

Revelation and the End Times:  With his rich knowledge of and provocative insights into the New Testament, Ben Witherington will guide you into a deeper understanding of the truths found within Revelation's often mysterious text, so that you can fell more secure in your faith.  The 5 sessions include:  The Character of Biblical Prophecy, The Return of the King, The Other Worl-Heaven and Hell, Raising the Dead, and The Afterlife.

Change the World:  Mission is not just the task of one committee in the congregation or one line item in the church budget.  Mission is our response to Jesus' call to serve the least, last, and lost in his name.  In this 4-session DVD, Mike Slaughter guides leaders in visioning for themselves ways to transform their congregation of believers into a movement of disciples living out Jesus' mission in the world.  The sessions include:  The Call to Mission, Growing People for the Mission, Resourcing the Mission, Multiplying the Mission.

The Me I Want To Be-Teen Edition-God's best version of you is waiting.  Follow along a John Ortberg helps you guage your spiritual health through interactive video discussions, questions, and group exercises that deal with real issues you face as a teen in today's world.  You wil discover something remarkable…the me you are meant to be-confident, honest, and fully alive inside!  The five sessions include Discovering the heart, Renewing my mind, Redeeming my time, Deepening my relationships, and Transforming my experiences.

Christmas Gifts That Won't Break for Adults:  This four-session study for adults includes stories, scriptures, and thoughts to warm your heart throughout the season.  Reflect on the unbreakable gifts that God has given us: hope, love, joy, and peace.  And remember God's greatest gift, who comes to us as a baby and leads us through all the days of our lives.

Christmas Gifts That Won't Break for Youth:  This four-session study for teens celebrates the gifts that will never wear out or go missing.  These gifts-hope, love, joy and peace-are especially relevant to the Advent season and to the story of Jesus' birth.

Christmas Gifts That Won't Break for Children:  Hope, Love, Joy, and peace-these are Christmas gifts that always fit, never go out of style, that are wrapped in heaven, that are passed on to others, and won't break.  Each of the four lessons include activities that children can select based on their interest, large group time to hear and interact with the Bible story, and small group time where children will discover ways to give and receive these unbreakable gifts.

Embracing An Adult Faith:  A 5-session study with Marcus Borg on what it means to be a Christian.  It is an exciting adult-formation resource for those seeking a richer understanding of issues in contemporary Christian practice and theology:  Who was Jesus?, Who is God?, What is salvation?, How do we practice our faith?, and How do we live in community?  DVD with study guide.

The Power of a Whisper:  God still speaks…Are you listening?  Bill Hybels will help you will learn how to discern the "voice" of God from the other voices that vie for your attention, how to invite this input into your daily routine, how to "practice" his presence and how to allow heaven-sent input to direct your life toward making a kingdom-oriented difference in this world.  The four sessions include:  The Whisper-Led Life, Divine Input for the Day-to-Day, Practice, Practice, Practice and Wide Open for Good.  DVD with book, leader and participant guide.

Justice for the Poor:  Love God, Serve People, Change the World.  Jesus' life and teaching show a deep compassion toward the poor and marginalized.  As Christians, what is our responsibility toward the poor and in advocating justice on their behalf?  Through this DVD group study, Jim Wallis and Sojourners recapture the biblical vision that links poverty with justice and engages small groups to take action.  This six-session study will ignite a passion to adopt a biblical response to poverty and make justice a reality for the poor.  The sessions include:  "Burger King Mom": Being Poor in America, Is There Something Wrong with the "Prosperity Gospel"?, Standing at the Corner of Church and State, The Gospel According to New Orleans, "Outside the Gate": The Poor and the Global Economy, and From Serial Charity to a Just Society.

Gospel In Life:  This study is on the Gospel and how it is lived out in all of life--first in your heart, then in your community, and then into the world.  The 8 sessions include, City, Heart, Idolatry, Community, Witness, Work, Justice, and Eternity.

Better Together:  This study will help you learn how to fulfill God's five purposes for your life within the context of community.  It includes Biblical support behind each purpose, the way it applies to you and your circle of influence, and how you can use this knowledge to benefit God's kingdom.  From the beginning, God planned for us to fulfill in community with other people, in our church families, in small groups, and in the world as a whole.  Why did God plan it this way?  Because we're better together.  This six sessions include:  What Matters Most, Reaching Out Together, Belonging Together, Growing Together, Serving Together, and Worshipping Together.

The Divine Conspiracy:  Gracefully weaving biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice, Dallas Willard and John Ortberg show you the necessity of making profound changes in how you view your life and live out your faith.  Based on the Sermon on the Mount, they call you into a more authentic faith, offering a practical plan so you can answer the call.  The six sessions include: The Divine Conspiracy, The Path to a Blessed Life, Becoming a Good Person, Treasuring What Matters Most, Becoming a Community of Prayerful Love, and Living as a Disciple of Jesus.

Credo:  Credo helps prepare young people for the rite of confirmation by teaching them the Christian story and essential Christian beliefs, explaining distinctive United Methodist emphases, giving them deeper understanding of the confirmation vows they choose to take, and helping them to live those vows even before they are confirmed.  The Credo program is grounded in these 3 core principles:  Confirmation is a continuation of one's faith journey (a journey begun at baptism) and the beginning of one's covenant relationship with the church-not an end unto itself.  Confirmation is more than just a series of classes.  Confirmands must be fully engaged in the life of the church through worship, service, small groups, and involvement in other ministries.  Confirmands should emerge from their confirmation experience prepared for a life of Christian discipleship.  Includes Director's tools, confirmation journal, and mentor/parent guide.

When Christians Get It Wrong:  More and more young adults have opted out of Christianity and the church.  The Reason?  Christians.  When young adults talk about the problems they have with Christianity and the church, they often name certain attitudes and behaviors they believe are practiced too often by Christians: judging others, condemning people of other faiths, rejecting science, injecting politics into faith, and being anti-homosexual.  Adam Hamilton tackles these issues and addresses the how's and why's of Christians getting it right when it comes to being Christ in the world.  6 sessions  DVD

The Story of Stuff:  The DVD explores the often hidden environmental and social consequences of America’s love affair with its stuff.  20 minutes

Passing On The Gift-The Bridge-Heifer stories from around the world with a common theme-cooperation(16 or 27 min.).  Everyday Heroes-An introduction to Heifer for kids(11 min).  Stories from Ecuador, Nepal, Poland, the Tibetan Plateau, and Thailand(5 short video-36 min. total).  Passing on the Gift-An overview of Heifer and its cornerstone of Passing on the Gift(3 or 14 minutes).  DVD

Mission Appalachia: Faith, compassion, and the human spirit.  This documentary follows very personal stories of hope.  The filmaker was granted unprecedented access into the private, symbiotic relationship between Red Bird and the mountain people it serves.  While the need in this part of the country is staggering indeed, this documentary looks beyond the surface and deep into the very soul and spirit of the people who so graciously revealed their homes and hearts.  The result is a story of amazing faith and humbling compassion set in a backdrop of awe-inspiring beauty.  58 minutes  DVD

The Lads Secrets of the Universe: is a new multimedia experience, designed to share simple truths about God's love that reaches the hearts, minds, and funny bones of your tweens.  Using video, music, comics, and a Mission Handbook, The Lads create a fun and interactive faith-building experience for your tweens to have a blast while connecting with God.  Six Lessons

Now available on DVD for Children:  Awesome Bible Adventures Series, Hermie An Friends Series, and Veggie Tale Series-check out the catalog for descriptions

Now Available on DVD for Adults:  What's God Up to? with Amy Jill Levine, Faces on Faith Series, The System Belongs to God, Growing Through Grief, and The Death & Resurrection of Jesus with Marcus Borg-check out the catalog for descriptions 

All In One Bible Fun: 13 lessons for busy teachers.  Includes  arrival activities, a Bible story, a Bible verse and prayer, and games or crafts.  Includes reproducibles.  Themes available are:  Fruit of the Spirit, Heroes of the Bible, Stories of Jesus, and Favorite Bible Stories.

This We Believe:  The core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice.  Bishop Will Willimon systematically lays out key Wesleyan tenets of faith so that you will have a fresh way to hear God's voice, share in God's grace, and become more like Jesus Christ.  Study includes 8 sessions with book and leader guide.

Quiet Strength:  In this engaging DVD, Coach Dungy reveals the principles, practices, and priorities of a winning life including how to: stay focused on God during life's struggles and disappointments, live life with a sense of purpose and significance, toss materilism aside and enjoy the simple things, focus on  gratitude, love, and joy, be salt and light to the world, move forward and persevere.  Includes study questions.

Hope Lives:  This five-week journey of introspection and prayer will help you discover what keeps you from engaging in global issues, explore what Scripture really says about the poor, understand the true nature of poverty, draw close to the poor through prayer, respond to God's voice as he speaks to you about poverty.  DVD & Book

Faith Lessons:  With All Your Heart:  Do you remember where your blessings come from?  In Exodus, God warned Israel to remember him when they left the dry desert and reached the fertile fields of the Promised Land.  Discover how quickly the Israelites forgot God and began to rely on themselves.  The sessions include Build me a Sanctuary, Making Space For God, He Led Them Like a Shepherd, By Every Word, With All Your Might:  The Final Test, A Well-Watered Garden. 160 minutes  DVD

The Driving Force:  This six session men's study shows you the way by following the father, how to balance ambition, humility and courage, how to find and fulfill God's plan for your life, how to allow God into the hurt and difficulties in your life, reach those in need, and make Jesus the center of your life.  DVD & Study Guide

Molly Pickins & The Rainy Day Castle:  Molly's new friends will teach her what it means to love like Jesus and help her save the Fantastic World.  This 10-week adventure will unlock the mysteries of Jesus, making it easy for children to grasp and participate in the changing power of his love.  Through strength, faith, encouragement, humility, service, sharing, honesty, empathy, sacrifice, and forgiveness, he shows us a better way.  Curriculum comes with lesson plans and 20-minute video segment.

Who Is Jesus:  Tweens may have heard the stories of Jesus, but they also need to know what those stories mean about who Jesus is.  They will explore what it means to have God with us in our daily human experience.  Six sessions take tweens from the birth of Jesus to the Resurrection to discover Jesus a Lord.  Reproducible

How God Takes Our Little And Makes It Much:  In this 6-session study, James W. Moore, uses key Scriptures that distinctly shape us as Wesleyans.  The sessions are taken from the stories of Moses, Esther, The Lost Sheep and The Lost Coin, Peter, The Church, and How God Takes Us Mere Sinners and Makes Us More Than Conquerors.  40 minutes  DVD

Created By God:  A group study of human sexuality, designed for tweens and approached from a Christian perspective.  It deals with the basics of growth and sexual development, giving young persons an opportunity to obtain accurate information, as well as better understanding of what it means to be wonderfully created by God.

Hope For Creation:  Following Jesus is good for the planet, or should be, at least.  This series is a creative and compelling call for Christians to embrace sustainable living out of love for God, neighbor, and all of creation.  In this 6-session study we are guided through each of the created elements--Light, Water, Soil, Heavens, Animals, and Man--and reminds us of our God-given commission to "tend and protect the planet."  70 minutes  DVD

Hope For Humanity:  Following Jesus is good for the planet, or should be, at least.  In these 6 sessions, we are shown how to be advocates for a spiritually and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, focusing on 6 key actions--Rest, Work, Give, Share, Teach, and Hope.  As members of the body of Christ, we serve as the hands and feet of God on the earth.  65 minutes  DVD

Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl:  Six small group DVD sessions that will transform your walk with God from lackluster theory to vibrant reality.  As you and your fellow group members learn to connect God's Word with your daily lives, you'll discover:  build personal, two-way conversations with God, study the Bible and experience life-change for yourself, cultivate greater depth in your relationships, turn disappointments to your advantage, find incredible joy as you live out your faith in everyday circumstances.  95 minutes

Five Things God Uses To Grow Your Faith:  Imagine how different your outlook on life would be if you had absolute confidence that God was with you.  Imagine how differently you would respond to difficulties, temptations, and even good things if you knew with certainty that God was in all of it and was planning to leverage it for good.  In other words, imagine what it would be like to have perfect faith.  The six sessions of this study include: Big Faith, Practical Teaching, Providential Relationships, Private Disciplines, Personal Ministry, and Pivitol Circumstances.  120 minutes  DVD

Faith, Hope and Luck:   Our faith often hinges on his activity-or inactivity-in our daily experiences.  When our prayers are answered, our faith soars.  When God is silent, it becomes harder to trust him.   When God shows up in an unmistakable way, our confidence in him reaches new heights.  But when he doesn't come through, our confidence often wanes. But it doesn't have to be that way-it's not supposed to be that way.  The five sessions in this study include:  Better Odds, Betting on Hope, Beating the Odds, No Dice, and All In.  100 minutes  DVD

12 Stones:  Documents Heifer International's work with illiterate women in Nepal and their journey out of poverty to self-reliance.  Deeply moving, with breathtaking cinemotography by Jack Laskus and narrated by Diane Lane, 12 Stones captures the remarkable transformation these women have undergone, and illuminates Heifer's mission to work with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.  20 minutes DVD

Made in L.A.: Traces the moving transformation of Latina sweatshop workers who decide they must resist. Through a groundbreaking lawsuit and consumer boycott, they fight to establish an important legal and moral precedent holding an American retailer liable for the labor conditions under which its products are manufactured.  But more than this, Made in L.A. provides an intimate view into both the struggles of recent immigrants and into the organizing process itself:  the entusiasm, discouragement, hard-won victories and ultimate self-empowerment.  DVD

Seven Simple Steps To Green Your Church:  You are concerned about care of creation, and you want to help. Start by greening your church.

Green Church: Climate change is in the news.  But what does it mean for Christians, and how can they help? Green Church answers these questions in ways that are both hopeful and engaging.  Citing Scripture and science, Rebekah Simon-Peter weaves in personal stories of sabbath, gardening, recycling, camping, and the power of faith.  She challenges us to consider our role in the care of creation to help save the earth for future generations. Six week study with leader and participant guide.

Burst-Green Church:  A six-week program for youth that will show Christian teens how caring for the earth is a way to honor God and show love for our neighbors.  It takes the usual "three Rs" of conservation--reduce, reuse, and recylce--and adds three more--reclaim, repent, and rejoice.

Green Church-Caretakers of God's Creation:  From the beginning, God asked humans to care for one another and for all creation.  The basis of all stewardship can be traced back to our creation.  This six-week study will help children experience what it means to be goo stewards of God's creation. 

Becoming A Praying Congregation:  Help the entire congregation understand the value of prayer practice in individual life, group life, and congregational life.  Bring prayer into all areas of church life so that prayer becomes a way of life.  Bring prayer into all areas of church life so that prayer becomes a way of life.  Make prayer a more integral part of worship, ministry areas, church decision making, the church's mission and witness in the world, and personal and family devotions.  Provide ongoing opportunities for all ages to learn more about prayer and the many ways to pray.  Offer simple ways to model prayer in worship and group settings.  Involve the intellect, heart, spirit, and body in prayer.  Establish a continuing churchwide practice of prayer.  A DVD-ROM is included.

Surprised By Hope:  Christians normally think of the future in terms of 'heaven', but the promised reality is far greater: a new heaven and new earth, a whole new creation.  Once you grasp this biblical vision of God's future, it will transform your understanding of life in the present.  I six transforming, faith-inspiring sessions, premier biblical scholar N.T. Wright reveals the amazing full scope of what God's Word has to say about the world to come and the world that is.  What is heaven really like?  Is our main duty as Christians simply to help non-Christians get there?  What hope does the gospel hold for this present life, and in what ways does God intend for us to experience that hope personally and spread its healing power to the world around us?  DVD

Long Road Back:  Feel the heartbreak and the victories as you follow a young woman putting her life back together after 11 years in prison.  Experience the difficulties ex-offenders face when looking for a job.  See how mental illness complicates an ex-offender's life.  Long Road Back seeks to reduce the fear and stigma experienced by those re-entering society after serving a term in prison.  Includes discussion guide.  DVD     

Building a Heart of Faith:  This book introduces talking points that will initiate discussions about faith between parents and children.  The book can also be used in discussion groups with parents or teachers and in teacher training in a Sunday School. Some opics included are:  God the creator, God's spiritual presence, Knowing God through Jesus, How the Bible helps us to know God, How God transforms us, How we relate to God, and How we can be agents of transforming the world.

The Me I Want To Be:  God wants you to become a new creation.  But new doesn't mean completely different; instead it's like an old motorcylce that gets restored to its intended magnificence.  The good news is that as God redeems you and restores you, you become more you.  You become more that person God had in mind when he first thought you up.  God is not interested in mass-producing you, but rather handcrafting you to be his best version of you.  The 5 sessions with John Ortberg include Discovering The Spirit, Renewing My Mind, Redeeming My Time, Deepening My Relationships, Transforming My Experiences.  DVD

The Ordinary Radicals:   Set against the modern American political and social backdrop of the next Great Awakening.  Traveling across the US on tour to promote the book "Jesus For President", Shane Claiborne and a rag-tag group of "ordinary radicals" interpret Biblical history and its correlation with the current state of American politics.  Sharing a relevant outlook for people with all faith prespectives, director Jamie Moffett examines this growing movement.  120 minutes  DVD

Uppity Women Of the Bible, Volume 1, Ruth:  Dr. Wolfe considers the vulnerability of widows and the difficult situation of foreigners in biblical times.  She explores themes of loyalty, bitterness, courage, poverty, and seduction.  What really happened on the threshing room florr?  Combining humor and careful scholarship, this study invites you to re-read the book with new insight and understanding for all its characters, especially the intelligent, confident-even uppity-heroine Ruth.  Sessions include Bittersweet, In Case of Emergency, The Go'el, The King's Ancestry, Understanding Ruth, An Uppity Woman?, Grace and Hospitality.  90 minutes DVD

Uppity Women of the Bible, Volume 2, Song of Songs:  Explore the mysterious, beautiful, and alluring Song of Songs, at times referred to as Song of Solomon.  Dr. Wolfe poses some of the central questions surrounding Song of Songs.  Who wrote it?  What sort of people are the main characters?  Is it based in history, mythology…or both?  As you enter the world of the lovers Ra'yati and Dodi, you will have plenty of opportunities to laugh and even blush.  It invites you into the adventure of re-reading and re-imagining this powerful and intriguing work of poetry and literature.  75 minutes DVD
 
Uppity Women of the Bible, Volume 3, Esther:  Enter into an exotic and fanciful Persian kingdom complete with a dim-witted king, a difiant queen, an egotistical lieutenant and a loyal uncle.  With lavish banquets, extreme beauty treatments and dangerous liasons at every turn, can the beautiful and ccourageous Esther avert disaster for her People?  All this occirs in a Biblical book where God is never mentioned.  75 minutes DVD
 
Uppity Women of the Bible, Volume 4, Judith:  This fascinating video series examines the story of an Uppity Woman who took things into her own hands - including the head of a brutal warrior chief.  Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Wolfe takes you on a tour of the book of Judith, posing provacative questions along the way.  Judith, from the Koine Greek version of the Hebrew Old Testament, reads like a historical rife with warfare, lust, espionage, and intrigue.  75 minutes  DVD
 
Liquid-Live At Five:  Life has a way of bringing out the best in people…and the worst.  Fresh out of college Natalie Neff is struggling to discover her purpose and direction in life.  Faced with daunting challenges, both personally and professionally, Natalie has some choices to make-and they won't be easy.  Based on the book of James, Live At Five teaches us how to live a Christian life, and how to live it practically.  5 Sessions Youth DVD

Fearless:  Can you imagine your life without fear?  Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.  They're talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, and upswings in global warming.  But what if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?  If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, and doubt, what would remain?  In these six DVD lessons, Max Lucado addresses some of your biggest fears and shows you how the solution may be easier than you think.

Five Practices of Fruitful Youth Ministry:  Youth Leader's guide based on the Five Practices Fruitful Congregations

A United Methodist Is:  A six-week study for tweens include the following lessons:  The Story Begins, A Heart Strangely Warmed, The World Is My Parish, Woven Together, Amazing Grace, and Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.  Reproducible

Faith Lessons-Fire on the Mountain:  When the Israelites left Egypt, they were finally free.  Free from persecution, free from oppression, and free to worship their own God.  But with that freedom comes a new challenge--learning how to live together the way God intends.  Discover how God teaches the Israelites what it means to be part of a community that loves him and the lessons we can begin to live out in our lives today.  The six lessons include The Lord Who Heals You, Not by Bread Alone, Their Blood Cried Out, The Mountain of God, I Led You Like a Bride, The Whisper of God.  170 minutes.  Adult  DVD

Mudhouse Sabbath:  Seven Ways of Chrisian Formation Inspired by the Jewishness of Jesus.  "It's not that Jesus was a Jew, Jesus is a Jew.  Engaging Jewish practice and tradition is one important way of overcoming the gaps that we sometimes feel exist between Jesus and ourselves."  Encounter the Jewish context that nurtured Jesus.  Explore spiritual practices of hospitality, mindful eating, prayer and fasting, and mourning.  Deepen your Christian faith by incorporatingthese things into your life.  The seven lessons include Christianity and Judaism, Sabbath Keeping, Hospitality and Mindful Eating, Jewish and Christian Prayer, The Practice of Fasting, Mourning Well,and Doorposts.  65 minutes.  Older Youth/Adult   DVD

Why Jesus:  Culture is blurring the lines between different faiths.  It is increasingly difficult for students to grasp how their faith in Jesus Christ is unique.  In these four powerful sessions, David Nasser addresses the tough questions that students have about Jesus and points them back to the scriptural truths about our savior.  Filmed on location all throughout Israel and includes teaching from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Mount of Olives and the Mount of the Beatitudes.  4 sessions  Youth  DVD

24 Hours That Changed the World:  Adam Hamilton guides us step by step , through the last days of Jesus' life.  We travel the Holy Land with Hamilton to visit the sites where those events took place.  7 sessions.  DVD

Liquid-Money Talks:  Money isn't everything…IfMoney isn't everything…If you think you have ever had issues with money, you need to meet the Penders.  Money is a part of all of our lives, but to this California family, money is everything.  Their outrageous view of money provides an amusing yet insightful reflection on struggles we all face in our consumer driven culture.  Money Talks takes a lighthearted but important look at one of the more difficult issues of our faith: stewardship.  5 sessions.  Youth  DVD

Liquid-Crossing:  Life is a journey.  Along the way we reach points in our lives where we must decide whether to step out in faith and let God take control, or whether to let fear and insecurity paralyze us and keep us from crossing over.  Making a crossing always calls for uncommon courage, faith, and obedience.  Based on the book of Joshua, Crossing explores the extraordinary things that can happen when we trust God and let him lead the way.  5 sessions.  Youth

Liquid-Fork in the Road:  A fork in the road demands a question:  Which way will you go?  It's at these moments that crucial decisions are made.  Fork in the Road tells the modern-day story of David, the legendary giant-slayer who experienced some devastating moral defeats in his life.  Through his story , we learn that the choices we make in our own lives are important, even life-changing.  Because aren't we all like David-living lives of both victory and defeat?  5 sessions.  Youth  DVD

Liquid-Mirror Image:   Maybe what you need is a different perspective…Based on some of the most famous biblical parables, such as the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son, Mirror Image tells the story of a family who faces dramatic events and must choose how to respond.  Their story reminds us that Jesus's revolutionary teachings ask us to change the way we think-to look at things from a different perspective-in order to make a difference in this world.  5 sessions.  Youth  DVD

Enough Stewardship Program Guide:  A new kind of stewardship program.  Church leaders are struggling to help their congregations respond to the violent ebb and flow of the economy.  While their members are simply trying to stay afloat financially, the budget of their church is suffering as well.  In the midst of all of this, there is God and a divine calling for each of us. Adam Hamilton offers a simple campaign that will transform how the church and individuals view the role of money in connection with their their life's purpose and the positive impact that transformation will have on the world.

Advent Conspiracy-Can Christmas Still Change The World:  Are you fed up with how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas?  This year, take a stand!  Join the growing groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be-a joyous celebration of Jesus' birth, not a retail circus.  In four compelling sessions, Advent Conspiracy invites individuals, families, groups, and entire churches to substitute compassion for consumerism by practicing four simple but powerful, countercultural concepts:       1. Worship Fully-because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus! 2. Spend Less-and free your resources for things that truly matter. 3. Give More-of your presence: your hands, your words, your time, your heart. 4. Love All-the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, the sick, in ways that make a difference.  4 session on dvd with leader's guide.

Start Becoming A Good Samaritan:  Love your neighbor, change the world.  This six session program, hosted by John Ortberg, was created to help us live out Christ's love in world-changing ways, right now, right where we live.  It will take you out of your comfort zone and into the mean streets of life where you can begin to bring hope to those suffering from poverty, social injustice, disease, oppression, and more...  DVD with leader/participant guide  180 minutes  Adult/Youth

Dare To Be Uncommon:   Tony Dungy says it's time for every man to choose an uncommon life.  Examine your life and aspire to a life of renewed integrity, influence, and faith.  With this Bible study you'll tackle key principles found in Tony Dungy's book.  You'll explore scripture, engage in discussion, encounter character-building insights and uncover what it means to live a life of true significance.  Seven sessions reinforce important life lessons:  1. Strengthening Your Core, 2. Loving Your Family, 3. Lifting Your Friends and Others, 4. Your Full Potential, 5. A Mission That Matters, 6. Influence Over Image, 7. Live Your Faith.  Men's Bible study with DVD and participant's guide

An Uncommon Event:  This study with Tony Dungy is flexible for a weekend retreat or all-day event, monthly breskfast, or a 4-week video study.  Each session challenges participants to live a more significant life-right where God has placed them!  Includes DVD, CD-Rom, and Leader booklet.

Burst:  This is a 5-week program for youth groups that will help Chrisitan teens better understand the religious beliefs and traditions of their Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Muslim friends, peers, and neighbors and be better equipped to process the ideas and information that they encounter.  Youth will come away from this study with: a basic knowledge of the history, beliefs, practices, and traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam-an awareness of common misconceptions about each of these traditions-definitions of several key terms and concepts related to each faith tradition-a richer appreciation and deeper understanding of their Christian faith.

Choosing To Be A Christian:  Tweens are beginning to ask questions about faith.  They are at a time in life when they will begin to claim their faith as their own.  Tweens need encouragement to begin exploring what it means to be a Christian.  Choosing to Be A Christian contains six sessions to help tweens understand that being a Christian is a choice, a choice each person must make for him self or herself.  Each session contains reproducibles to encourage tweens to explore their faith more deeply.  What Is A Christian? is a companion booklet for students also available.

Rock-A-Bye:  The kit includes a leader's guide for toddler's and two's and one is available for babies and woddlers as well.  It includes a resources pack with posters and activities.  The cd, Lullabies and More contains 15 songs.  3 board books and picture cards are also included.

DreamThinkBeDo:  DTBD is a four-volume overview of Christianity for young adults featuring the insights of twenty five progressive theologians at the top of their game.  Each self-standing module contains five 20-minute sessions in a flexible, conversation-inducing DVD format.  Comprised of twenty sessions, DreamThinkBeDo is what you've been looking for to form a spiritual foundation for young Christians in today's world.  Dream-1. Faith As Journey 2. Stories of Creation 3. Reconciliation 4. Jesus 5. Risk. Think-1. Thinking Theologically 2. Taking The Bible Seriously 3. Evil & Suffering 4. Violence 5. Rapture & Revelation.   Be-1. A Kingdom Without Walls 2. Realizing God's Vision 3. Prayer 4. Creative Transformation 5. Mystery.   Do- 1. Incarnation 2. Compassion 3. Politics 4. Passion(Paul) 5. Resurrection.  Young Adults

Upside Living in a Downside Economy:  Pastor and author Mike Slaughter offers insight into seeking God's perspective in our daily money concerns.  With clarity and a servant's heart, he addresses vital topics such as financial and spiritual investments, personal motivation and God's will, money and marriage, and determining priorites.  4-session DVD with leader guide.

Liquid-The Ten: 1-5:  God's way or the highway?  The Ten Commandments were literally written in stone.  Now they come to life in the Ten:1-5.  Freeway 10 runs through the center of Los Angeles-ten lanes wide and packed with cars.  And behind each set of brake lights lies a story.  In The Ten: 1-5 we follow the lives of five different freeway drivers, each one living out one of God's Commandments on the streets of the City of Angels.  Even today, the Ten Commandments are more than a list of restrictions…they're a road to a better life.  DVD with participant and leader guide.  Youth/Adult

Liquid-The Ten: 6-10:  Are you on the road to ruin…or redemption?  The Ten Commandments were written in stone 3500 years ago, half a world away.  Now we can see them lived out on the streets of the City of Angels: Los Angeles, California.  In the dramatic conclusion to the stories and characters from The Ten: 1-5, The Ten: 6-10 looks at murder, adultery, theft, lies, and desire through the lens of today.  We see the dire consequences of choosing to ignore God's Commandments, but more importantly, we see the power of God's enduring love through the journey of redemption.  DVD with participant and leader guide.  Youth/Adult

Enough-Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity:  5 session study with Adam Hamilton.  Money has great power in our lives and, when used wisely helps us meet our goals, provide for our needs, and fulfill our life purpose.  But, in recent years, many of us ignored this when managing and spending our money. We found ourselves spending tomorrow's money today.  The result of all of this was not greater happiness and satisfaction, but greater stress and anxiety.
Enough is an invitation to rediscover the Bible's wisdom on prudent financial practices.  Find the keys to experiencing contentment, overcoming fear, and discovering joy through simplicity and generosity.  This study could change your life by changing your relationship with money.  DVD with leader's guide and book  Adult