By Tonya Andris
Inside The Pew

Four years ago, John Finch was a broken man. Today, he is a changed man all because he forgave his father."The Father Effect"

When Finch was 11 years old, his father committed suicide. For decades, Finch didn’t understand how to handle life like a man because he didn’t have a male figure in the home to guide him. This loss came to an end when God intervened.

Finch said a friend brought to Finch’s attention that he had some unresolved issues with his father’s death that led to his scattered view of what it is to be a man.

Based on this experience, Finch said he created The Perfect Father. He said the nonprofit organization exists to create awareness in fathers and realize their impact in what they say and do as dads.

To emphasize the role father’s play in the lives of children, Finch created a documentary based on his personal trials, “The Father Effect.”

“The movie came out of my own life story,” said the husband and father of three girls. “I never understood the full impact until a few years ago. I bought into what societyJohn Finch wants for a man.

“Essentially my problems were rooted in anger for my father. I had this father wound and I need to take care of that. I had to practice forgiveness and understand the power of that. Until I forgave my dad, I could not be the man, the husband, and father that God wanted to me.”

The first 30 minutes of the film is Finch’s story and testimony. The remainder of the film showcases counselors, pastors, and ordinary people discussing the importance of a father’s presence in the lives of children. Interviews from John Eldridge, best-selling author “Wild At Heart And Fathered By God” and Meg Meeker, author of “Strong Fathers Strong Daughters” are included in the documentary.

“I feel that other men needed to hear these stories,” the Denton resident said. “Most men don’t understand the power and influence they have as a men. When someone experiences this, you are going to have a wound, whether you are man or a woman.

Finch said the organization is in the process of completing the full-length film, but additional funds are need to make the full-length version a reality.

The documentary’s filming process has helped Finch become more appreciative of his family and his daughters.

“I walk in a daily awareness,” he said.

To view the short film, visit Vimeo or the movie’s YouTube Channel.  Learn more about The Perfect Father and “The Father Effect” at http://www.theperfectfather.org/.

By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

Is your nonprofit in need of funds for web hosting? Fahrenheit Marketing in Austin might be able to meet the need.

Ricardo Casas, CEO of the Web design firm, recently announced his company will underwrite Web hosting for 500 charities through its FahrenHosting program.

The deadline to register for the program is Jan. 31.

“We wanted to make a small difference for a lot of organizations that serve our community. Having a website is vital for almost every charity now, but paying for Web hosting is yet another yearly expense for nonprofits that are trying to find the best use for every dollar they receive,” Casas said. “We chose to do this because we wanted to make keeping a website a little easier for nonprofit organizations that serve our state.”

Casas said if less than 500 nonprofits apply, all will receive Web hosting for a year. If more than 500 nonprofits apply, the staff will narrow the field based on the nonprofit’s need and scope.

To qualify for the program, organizations must currently have a functioning website, serve Texas in whole or in part, be a registered 501 (c) 3, and be willing to mention Fahrenheit Marketing as the Web host sponsor.

Casas said organizations can register for the FahrenHosting program by filing out the contact form at http://www.fahrenheitmarketing.com/contact-us/.

In addition, Fahrenheit Marketing is offering a $50,000 Web design grant to one lucky Austin charity. To register for the grant program for Austin-based nonprofits, visit www.fahrenheitmarketing.com/fahrengrant. The winner of the grant will be picked by the Fahrenheit staff and selection will be based on applicant need, reach and focus of the applicant, and how fun the project looks.

The FahrenHosting program won’t require nonprofit organizations to switch hosting services, but will instead pay for the hosting through whichever service the charity currently uses.

For more information on Fahrenheit Marketing, visit www.fahrenheitmarketing.com.

By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

For the second year in a row, Access! Remedial Tutoring, a program of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries, will hold free tutoring sessions for economically disadvantaged K-8 students in the Dallas metroplex school districts of Plano and Frisco.

Pastor Grelan Muse Sr., founder of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries, Inside The Pew, and Pew Talk Radio, said last summer five students took part in the two-month program, which was held at a Plano-area library.

“Students in the program will have access (hence the name) to volunteer tutors with the appropriate education in the subjects they tutor. For instance, math tutors possess engineering, computer science, or math degrees,” he said.

“We want to have people who understand the subjects 100 percent because we don’t want to confuse students; we want to help them to become competent. Grades aside, have the desire to see students achieve success in the classroom.”

Tutoring sessions begin Monday, Oct. 15, and are scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For tutoring locations, to become a tutor, or to enroll a child in the program email Muse at texasedaccess@yahoo.com.

Spaces are limited for sessions; therefore, Muse suggests contacting her as soon as possible to secure a spot. Volunteers who are 17 and younger must receive parental permission to tutor, and all tutors 18 and older must undergo a criminal background and character reference checks.

To qualify for K-8 tutoring services, candidates must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Be a student in a Title I campus as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
  • Have a family income that does not exceed the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines for family size
  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamp Program), Medicaid, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), subsidized housing (Section 8)
  • Receive court-ordered child support through the Texas Attorney General’s Office

Visit www.accesstutoring.org to learn more about this program.

Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries is a tax-exempt charity founded by Muse in 1998 in Maringouin, La.

By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

Texas Wesleyan University, Northwood University, and Southwestern Assemblies of God University are on the move.

The three Christian-based universities– all longtime members of the Red River Athletic Conference – are among four universities slated to join Sooner Athletic Conference beginning in the 2013-14 academic year.

Also joining the SAC is Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla.

The announcement was made jointly by the schools’ presidents – Texas Wesleyan’s Frederick G. Slabach, SAGU’s Kermit Bridges, and Northwood’s Kevin Fegan on Sept. 18

Texas Wesleyan, located in Fort Worth, as well as Cedar Hill’s Northwood and Waxahachie’s SAGU, have enjoyed their tenure with RRAC, but are looking forward to what the new relationship will offer, Slabach said.

“This move isn’t just about joining a more competitive conference,” Slabach said. “The closer proximity of other conference schools gives our student-athletes the benefit of spending more time in class and less time on the road.”

Having 10 schools in the SAC — which is based in Oklahoma City — means the conference will be able to advance two teams out of the conference to post-season competitions.

“The competitive environment in the Sooner is demanding,” Slabach said.  “But we look forward to the challenge.”

SAC Commissioner John Hudson said the conference is delighted with the additions of these three great institutions and believes the move creates one of the strongest conferences in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

“These are exciting times in the conference,” Hudson said during the press conference. “Expansion into the Metroplex area is great for the Sooner Athletic Conference and brings Northwood, Texas Wesleyan, and Southwestern Assemblies into the NAIA’s premier league.”

Current SAC schools are John Brown in Siloam Springs, Ark.; Mid-America Christian in Oklahoma City; Oklahoma Baptist and St. Gregory’s in Shawnee, Okla., Wayland Baptist in Plainview, Texas; and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, in Chickasha, Okla.

By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

Apartment Life CEO Stan Dobbs recently received some good news. Fortunately, for nine out of the past 10 years, he has received this good news.

“It has become common place around here,” Dobbs said with pride.

The Hurst, Texas, company – founded in 2000 – was one of 38 companies in the United States and Canada named the Best Christian Workplaces Institute’s Best Christian Workplaces list.

Apartment Life is not the only Texas business to make the list. 89.3 KSBJ, a contemporary Christian radio station in Humble, is also honored.

“We are ecstatic that we have been able to provide a workplace for people who believe and love the Lord,” Dobbs said. “BCWI is a great tool to assess how you are doing in terms of providing a Christian culture in the work environment.”

Through its CARES program, Dobb’s company partners with apartment management companies to create community building strategies within complexes. The teams, which include couples and singles who are professed Christians, reside in apartment complexes to specifically bring people together and make a difference in the lives’ of the residents. Dobbs said the company works with 350 complexes nationwide and 120 throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

BCWI, which began in 2002, is an independent, non-profit research organization that surveys employees of Christian organizations to determine how well they are doing. The confidential questionnaire asks about job satisfaction, commitment, Christian witness, the effectiveness of supervisors and management, personal growth and development, teamwork, communications, along with pay and benefits.

Al Lopus, president of BCWI, said these organizations exemplify best workplaces because they create healthy environments that engage their employees in a fun and meaningful way while making a difference for their communities

“We salute the leaders of this year’s Best Christian Workplaces for their intentional efforts to create healthy, flourishing environments for their staff. These courageous leaders pursue the high calling of being a faithful steward of their staff as well as those they serve, in good times and bad.”

The program conducts surveys in U.S., Canada and Australia. All participating organizations have a stated Christian mission and/or values. The 2012 list includes:

American Bible Society – New York, N.Y.

Apartment Life – Hurst, Texas

Ben Lippen School – Columbia, S.C.

Beulah Alliance Church – Edmonton, Alberta

Briarcrest Christian School – Memphis, Tenn.

Calvary Church – Grand Rapids, Mich.

CapinCrouse LLP – Greenwood, Ind.

CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach)- Pittsburgh

Christian Family Care – Phoenix

Christian Leadership Alliance – San Clemente, Calif.

Church Web Works – Renton, Wash.
Community Bible Study – Colorado Springs, Colo.

Compassion Canada – London, Ontario

Concordia Publishing House – St. Louis

English Language Institute/China – Ft. Collins, Colo.

Focus on the Family (Canada) Association – Langley, B.C.

Free Will Baptist Bible College – Nashville

Grace University – Omaha, Neb.

Heritage Christian Academy – Overland Park, Kan.

HOPE International – Lancaster, Penn.

Joni & Friends – Agoura Hills, Calif.

KSBJ – Humble, Texas

Lake Ann Camp – Lake Ann, Mich.

Logos Bible Software – Bellingham, Wash.

Lutheran Church Canada, Alberta/BC District – Edmonton, Alberta

MOPS International – Denver

Olivet Nazarene University -Bourbonnais, Ill.

Phoenix Seminary – Phoenix

Samaritan Ministries – Peoria, Ill.

Santa Fe Christian Schools – Solana Beach, Calif.

SpringHill Camps – Evart, Mich.

The Navigators – Colorado Springs, Colo.

Third Millennium Ministries – Orlando, Fla.

Upward Sports – Spartanburg, S.C.

Wheaton Academy – West Chicago

Whitworth University – Spokane, Wash.

Willow Creek Community Church -Chicago

World Harvest Mission – Jenkintown, Penn.