I recently asked some questions on Facebook, to see how well people who follow my page really know about who I am and what I do. I thought this might help you to come to learn more about our work. Here are the composite results, with comments below:
The correct answer is: Family Renewal, LLC.
I used to work at Wisdom’s Gate, from 1993 to 2013, which is where some of that confusion came in. My books are currently published by New Leaf Press / Master Books, but Family Renewal is our only organization. Family Renewal was founded with my wife, Brook, and my sister, Sony, in July of 2013.
The correct answer is: Author / Conference Speaker / Podcaster / Columnist.
I have worked in publishing for many years, but am not currently publishing any books (although I may do so again in the future). I am not a pastor, nor have I ever been. I am (have been) a regular columnist for various websites and homeschooling magazines. I am not a therapist, and do not regularly host a broadcast TV or radio show, although I am a frequent guest on such shows.
Family Renewal, LLC is a for-profit ministry (yes, that is possible!). The reason we are not a 501-c-3 (not-for-profit corporation) is primary because I personally do not want to beg you for money, and I don’t want to be censored in terms of what I can say in my seminars. (Nor to be unfairly audited by the powers-that-be because we’re a conservative Christian organization). Family Renewal seminars are always free for attendees, and we don’t charge churches a fee when we speak. We really do want to minister to others.
Really though, y’all did great on this answer. You got the important stuff.
You can see some of my books here: www.familyrenewal.org/product-category/israel-wayne/
The correct answer is: Since 1995.
I was curious as to how long my Facebook friends thought I’d been doing conference speaking. I have spoken at various conferences around the country every year since 1995. I was born in 1975, so the people who thought I’d been doing this since 1985…I appreciate the vote of confidence…but I either look WAY older than I should (okay, you’ve probably got me on that one!), or I’ve been doing this since I was ten-years-old. I started early, but not quite THAT early! 😉
The correct answer is: Provides Events / Seminars.
At the moment, that is the only thing I’m engaged in doing. My wife told me that this could be a trick question though, because I do WRITE books, and I also sell books, so people associate me with Christian books. Fair enough. I USED to publish magazines, but I haven’t done so in four years. Honestly, after twenty consecutive years, if I never see another magazine press deadline in my life, it won’t hurt my feelings! 🙂 I am not a licensed marriage or family therapist / counselor (nor do I play one on TV!), but we do often spend a lot of time (at no charge) listening to, and praying with, people in crisis. We have never published homeschooling curriculum, and I probably will never do much (or any) of that myself. It’s not my thing. I’m more focused on Biblical worldview and family topics at present.
The correct answer is: No Correct Answer.
However it was that we first connected…I’m thankful that we have. If you’d like to keep in touch outside of Facebook, please signup for our email newsletter that we send out once a month. When you do so, we’ll let you know whenever we will be speaking in your area. www.FamilyRenewal.org/subscribe
The correct answer is: Probably all of the Above at Times.
For better or worse, I’m probably best known as “the homeschool guy.” I was pretty much born into this scene, and I’m sure it will be my legacy until I die. I do have more diverse interests than merely homeschooling (although I am passionate about the importance of Christian education for Christian students).
To be honest, I think you guys nailed this one! I think you really got these categories very accurate in terms of the amount of time that I spend teaching on them. Thank you for putting “Biblical Worldview” as #2. That warms my heart. Very well done! You deserve some ice cream!
The correct answer is: Nearly all of the Above.
I’ve never done Bar Mitzvahs or Faith Healing Crusades, but I speak at all of the other events listed.
The correct answer is: Theologically Schizophrenic!
I read very widely, and have a great appreciation for how God has used people of various theological differences and backgrounds for His glory. I speak in a wide-array of Christian churches, and am always impressed with the strengths and weaknesses that various groups have. We all have blind spots, and I wish that true Christians of all stripes would find ways to communicate more, rather than shutting out those who differ with them on points of minor significance. We can’t compromise on the divinity of Christ, the authority of Scripture, justification by grace through faith alone, or other essentials of the faith, but on matters of denominational distinction, I just feel that if God has accepted someone, why would I want to reject them? We may not agree enough to form a local church together, but we should be able to love each other, and encourage each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.
If you want to learn more about my specific beliefs, you can do so on this page: www.familyrenewal.org/israel-wayne-2/statement-of-faith/
Thanks for helping me to get to know you better, and I hope this has been helpful for you, in getting to know me better.