Tru is a dynamic, spiritually forming, and family-empowered ministry philosophy that offers a vibrant weekend curriculum, as well as other family resources that meet the specific needs of today’s generation. Tru is uniquely created to inspire, equip, and support parents and church leaders in their ministry to children.
7 Pillars of Tru Philosophy
1. Family is Primary
God’s Design for faith replication is through the context of the family (Deut. 6; Ps. 78) while the church plays a supportive/equipping role to this endeavor (Eph. 4:12). Resources are intentionally designed to compliment the home and the church with a common goal of faith development in this generation. Tru provides families with materials to help them connect as a family and grow together spiritually. HomeFront Monthly provides opportunities for families to come together and experience storytelling, God’s Word, new family traditions, fun games, recipes, family blessings, prayer, and more. HomeFront Weekly is designed to equip parents and help families be in God’s Word together. Free Apps for Parents Introducing the first-ever mobile app for parents: HomeFront Monthly is available as a FREE app in the App Store or Android Market. Try it out today. Search: Tru Homefront
2. Spiritual Formation
Spiritual formation is about helping kids build a life-long relationship with God. This means giving them a strong foundation in biblical knowledge and being intentional about creating space for kids to encounter the living God. Through the process of spiritual formation, we desire children to open their hearts to God, learn to discern His voice, have a desire to obey Him, and to do so in the power the Holy Spirit offers to each believer.
3. Holy Spirit is the Teacher
We recognize that the Holy Spirit is the primary teacher of our children. Parents and leaders have the opportunity to create “environments” where the Holy Spirit is free to move, teach, and lead. They have the privilege of “coming alongside” what the Holy Spirit is doing in the life of a child
4. Authority of Scripture
The Bible is God’s truth for daily living. God’s Word holds instruction for children to interpret their lives through the lens of God’s character and will. Tru resources are true to content and context and allow kids to investigate Scripture for themselves so they will feel confident to share His Word with others.
5. The Big God Story
We define the “The Big God Story” as God’s ENTIRE story. It incorporates all of history, stretching from Genesis to Revelation and beyond. In the past, Christian instruction has often told fragmented stories of God, Jesus, or other people in the Bible, as if they were not part of a greater narrative. Tru communicates each Bible story within the context of The Big God Story, so the Bible becomes much more than just a collection of short stories. God has woven His redemptive plan throughout time and we want kids to understand that they not only play a part in this incredible story, but are also part of a much larger faith community of past, present, and future believers. Tru also gleans from our Old Testament roots to see our New Testament significance in Christ.
Because it is one story about God’s love and redemption, we make God the main focus of every lesson and resource! Each lesson is titled by something we know about God from a specific Bible passage. The emphasis is on God, not the supporting cast in the story (ex. “God Is Victorious” vs. David and Goliath). Understanding what we know about God by the way He has worked in the lives of people and circumstances in the Bible is formational in our lives today.
7. Ministry Support
It is our desire to partner with you, the local church, to inspire, equip, and support you with resources for the home and church. We will keep you informed about conversations, gatherings, networks, blogs, and forums to create a kingdom community mind-set around the globe. Tru is created in a unique partnership with David C Cook, ROCKHARBOR Church in Costa Mesa, CA, and a national network of family and children’s ministry leaders from across the country. Every time you use a Tru resource, know that it’s been developed, tested, and shaped by actual churches and ministry leaders. Spiritual development can and should begin from the earliest age with parents as the primary nurturers of their children’s faith.