Leader's Support Page
The "Leader Support Page" provides a variety of resources for those facilitating Growing Families related curricula. On this page and the related links, leaders will find two resource categories: general and specific.
General Categories are those resources that apply to all curricula and include:
- Where to Begin as a Class Facilitator
- Outline of the Age-Related Curriculum
Specific Categories begins with a contrast between the New Life Series and Growing Kids God's Way. This includes:
- Topical index comparison between Growing Kids God’s Way and the Life Series
- Specific lesson support noted in the Growing Kids God’s Way workbook
GENERAL CATEGORIES: Where to Begin?
While each mentoring couple will tailor their particular strengths to the unique needs of their class, there are some fundamentals leadership principles common to all small groups. Exercising hospitality is the first among them all. Creating a warm, receptive, non-judgmental environment, where class members feel welcome, and sufficiently comfortable to be an active participant and not just a spectator, should be a priority for all mentoring couples.
To help with this, we encourage our leader couples to take a few moments and watch the 22-minute "Leader's Place" DVD. Whether a seasoned veteran of small groups or just starting out, the fundamental principles of hospitality can make the leader's mentoring experience rewarding, satisfying and productive and will help their participating parents walk away with a sense of understanding, belonging and empowerment. We our confident, that after watching the presentation, you will be equipped to begin your small group mentoring journey.
Learning What Classes for What Age Group
One helpful download is the Growing Families "Age-Related Curriculum" chart highlighting which classes parents should enter based on the ages of their children and the three stages of parenting. Download Chart
Contrasting Parenting From the Tree of Life with Growing Kids God's Way
One of the most common questions received from constituents looking to purchase Parenting from the Tree of Life is how it compares to Growing Kids God’s Way. Is one more in-depth then the other? The answer to that question is "No." However, the Life Series is far more comprehensive when it comes subject matter. It not only includes all the principle components of Growing Kids God's Way, but adds another 60% to 70% new and updated parenting concepts to the presentation. It is also more comprehensive in its use of imagery and examples. While Growing Kids has seventeen visual examples, the Life Series utilizes nearly 200 hundred images, graphics and visual examples to illustrate the principles taught. For those interested in specific differences between the two curriculums please follow the links below:
Find a general structural contrast between the two curriculums here.
Find a subject comparison and cross reference between the two curriculums here.