I recently had an opportunity to continue reviewing products from the Spiritual Parenting series produced by David C. Cook and written by Michelle Anthony. Michelle Anthony, by the way, has served as the Pastor of Family Ministries at ROCKHARBOR Church, the Family Ministries Architect for David C Cook and is the author of the book Spiritual Parenting (which I previously reviewed here: http://westcoastcm.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/kidmin-book-review-spiritual-parenting).
Here’s a quick video intro from Michelle, herself:
I want to keep this review concise, so let me jump straight to the Digs and Dribbles…
Things I Dig
I love, love, love the quality of these videos. All too often, DVD curriculum is simply footage from a fixed camera that someone clearly pushed record on and walked away during a conference. This is not the case with this curriculum. This DVD set is creatively put together with multiple shots and great editing. Seriously, my hat goes off to the guys and gals over at David C. Cook who put this package together – well done!
I’m also blown away with the depth of the content provided in this series. Michelle and her team didn’t hold back when they put this series together. There’s a ton of information to be gathered from this curriculum… I’m impressed with the effort that was put into this series.
Things that Dribbled
If you read my last review of Spiritual Parenting, you’ll know that I’m often asking what the parent who’s not already engaged in the church should do with this resource. I’m still asking those questions with this curriculum. As a church, we would offer a series like this on Sunday mornings at our parenting gathering/fellowship – which, believe it or not, is not a room full of Christian parents (some are… but not all). With that said, this could be a great resource to pass on to families who are already committed believers – that’s just not our target audience.
I’d also have to agree with my friend, Gina McClain, when she noted that these sessions are LONG. When you factor in discussion and activities, these sessions will clock in at nearly 90 minutes… an amount of time that I think is a stretch for our programming – on campus or in small group settings. Again, it’s not a knock against the content – it would be 90 minutes of greatness. We just don’t have that time in our context.
Overall, this is a resource that I’m going to pick up and give to a small group of parents in our church who are looking for a “next step” in nurturing their family’s faith journey. I’ll probably even take the DVD’s for a test run with my wife as we wrestle through some of the great questions that Michelle brings up.
You can purchase the series here.
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