Mike’s Favorites

Below are some of Mike’s favorite family ministry resources. Read the descriptions and click on the links below.

Center for Parent/Youth Understanding

The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers.  At a time when an already confusing youth culture is changing quickly, CPYU helps parents, youth workers, educators, and others understand teenagers and their culture so that they will be better equipped to help children and teens navigate the challenging world of adolescence.

Covenant Eyes

Maybe you’ve had a problem with online pornography before, or you’re just trying to stop the temptation before it starts. Or maybe you’re a parent who wants to open an avenue to teach your kids about responsible Internet use. Covenant Eyes can help.

Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.

Heart Connex Family Devotionals by LifeWay

Each week, parents receive two, twenty-minute Bible study devotionals via email. These studies, authored by Dr. Richard Ross, contain solid Bible teaching presented in a warm, interactive format. In addition, the devotions are set-up so that students & parents alike are involved – each given specific things to say or do. A meaningful way to pray as a family is also included at the conclusion of each study. Heart Connex devotionals are designed for very busy families. The head of the household can print the studies and make preparations in only about five minutes. In most cases families can complete the studies in twenty minutes.

Parent Resource Bibliography List

This is a biblography complied by Bethlehem Baptist Church (Dr. John Piper’s former church) and Providence Baptist Church (in Raleigh), which is used by permission from both churches.  This resource is a list of biblical parenting books.

Plugged In Online

Plugged In Online is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live. Each month, Plugged In Online is visited about 1 million times by people looking for detailed information about what’s really in popular movies, videos, TV episodes, songs and games. Entertainment industry ratings only tell you so much. We go deeper, diving into specific content and the meaning behind it.

Shorter Catechism for Youth And Children

A catechism is a manual used to teach biblical truth in an orderly way. Catechisms are not the only means that can or should be used to instruct the next generation, but they are helpful for certain purposes.

Truth and Grace Memory Books

Truth and Grace Memory Books are helpful tools to teach your 2-18 year old children the  Bible, catechism, and rich theology.  It is published by Founders Press, who is committed to historic Baptist principles. There are three books in this series.








X3 Watch

X3watch is a free accountability software program helping with online integrity. Whenever you browse the Internet and access a site, which may contain questionable material, the program will record the site name, time, and date the site was visited. A person of your choice (an accountability partner) will receive an email containing all possible questionable sites you may have visited within the month. This information is meant to encourage open and honest conversation between friends and help us all be more accountable. Also available for iPhone, iTouch, iPad, and Andriod cell phones.