Our family has seen God at work in so many ways. And like the story of the widow's oil and flour found in 1 Kings 17:7-16, we have witnessed the Truth of God's provision when we have been willing to trust Him with all we have. God truly does take the little we have to offer and multiplies it, making up the diference in order that His work will be made complete. We have seen this during our years as caregivers, throughout each new season of homeschooling, and in our music ministry.
Our family has been honored to share our music and ministry as the Frye Family Band in such places as Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Rapid City, South Dakota, Austin, Texas and many other places in-between. During our time on the road we have been asked many questions, not just about music, but often about family, marriage and raising up children of purpose. Through these conversations we have realized the need, even in our churches, for a ministry to help equip families, to overcome the challenges of societal pressures, complacency, and generational sin.
Jesus tells us in John 16:33 to "...take heart, because I have overcome the world." We believe this hope allows us, not just to survive, but to thrive as families in the 21st century church.
We speak to some of this through our songs and testimony during our concerts, but in response to the many questions concerning family, parenting and ministry we have developed the Family To Family Event. These one, two, or three day events are specifically designed to engage, equip and energize families in their God given roles and purposes. Family to Family Events include corporate worship, topical sessions (chosen by the host from the list below), and a Frye Family Band concert.
Family to Family Topics:
1. Parenting as a Team (Reflecting the Personality of God to our Children) -This session addresses the importance of not just having a mother and father in the lives of children, but also the need for parents to work as a team, thereby best reflecting the personality of our Heavenly Father to our children, helping them to understand more clearly His unconditional love.
2. Raising Up a Family of Purpose - This session examines our role and responsibility to prepare our children for a life of purpose by developing in them a Kingdom mindset through practical applications of Psalm 127:4 and Deuteronomy 6:1-9.
3. My Brother, My Sister, My Best Friend (The Importance of Deliberate Parenting) - This session addresses the importance of functioning as a healthy family, encouraging parents to not accept the wisdom of the world, but the truth of the gospel. Demonstrating how through deliberate parenting decisions, effective God-honoring discipline and learning to serve each other in our homes we can not only have stronger families, but a greater impact for the Kingdom.
4. Ministering as a Family - This session details the principles of serving God as a family. Encouraging parents to look for and develop the spiritual gifts of their family, in order not just to serve together now, but as a means through which we are able to disciple our children, preparing them to lead their own families and creating for them a legacy of faith.
5. Obstacles or Opportunities (Viewing your story in the Light of the Gospel) - Through the sharing of his own struggle to overcome issues of fear and insecurity, Tom encourages others to identify the story of Christ in their own life. Bringing to light the beauty of being willing to bare our scars as a means through which we can most effectively communicate not only the hope of God's healing, but the beauty of His ability to redeem our pain for greater good.
6. The Call of the Father - Through scripture, his own story and two sobering statistics, Tom examines the importance of a Fathers role in the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of his children
Here are what othes our saying about our events:
"His family is so special, as they shared in worship, as they shared in testimony, small group studies this weekend, wow! They just have such an awesome way of bringing the foundation of God through their family, what a blessing to have them and I would invite you to invite them to come to your church or your event because you'll be blessed also."
Pastor Rod Smith, Chippewa United Methodist Church, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
"...one of the things that really connected with me about Tom is that he doesn't accept the norm, he doesn't accept the world's world view, but he's accepted what Christ has taught us through the scriptures...Deuteronomy 6 is one of those passages that knit my heart together with Tom; as you're sitting in your house as you're walking along, as you're doing life, no matter where you're going or what you're doing in life, we're to talk about the things of Christ and that's one of the things that just seems to ooze out of Tom and his family. This is a family who is getting it. I see that they are learning how to live life as Christ really wants them to live it and it gives me something tangible to look at and to see that my family can do life together, my family can talk about God together, my family is designed to minister together. Seeing them do ministry today gave me hope, it gave me a model that we can point to...I look forward to further partnerships with Tom and to see where the Lord is going to take him because I think God is at work in this family's lives."
Pastor Brad Kittle, Praise Point Church, Willshire, Ohio
Our passion has always been to encourage the Body to live our their individual and collective purposes, and I am more and more convinced that many of our struggles as individuals and as a nation are born out of the erosion of the family. Our hope is to encourage families to embrace an attitude of service in our homes, our churches, our communities and to the uttermost parts of the world, for the sake of the Gospel.
- Tom, on behalf of the Frye Family