Our Story


In response to the overwhelming needs of parents and families, Jim Burns founded HomeWord in 1985. In 2009, HomeWord and Azusa Pacific University came together as partners to form The HomeWord Center for Youth and Family. These two strong organizations, with similar values, have bonded together to become even more effective in helping families succeed.

There is an amazing stirring amongst families and leaders today toward building strong marriagesconfident parentsempowered kids and healthy leaders. It’s not that family life is getting easier. Frankly, it’s more complicated than ever before. However, HomeWord is uniquely positioned on the front lines and in the trenches to equip parents and restore families that are under siege.

Four Areas HomeWord helps our Youth and Families:
  • Strong Marriages – Our goal is to be a global leader in the area of strengthening couple in their marriages and in preparation for marriage.
  • Confident Parents – We want more parents to have the resources they need to raise Christ-centered kids in our challenging culture.
  • Empowered Kids – HomeWord has always focused on helping kids make right and wise decisions. Young people are the reason we exist.
  • Healthy Leaders – Jim Burns and Doug Fields have been two of the major leaders in youth ministry world-wide and they are using their leadership and giftedness to help the next generation of leaders in the fields of youth and family ministry.


America’s Parents Have Tremendous Needs

Consider that:

  • In 2010, only 20% of all U.S. households included married couples with children, down from a high of 44% in 1960.
    Source: Population Reference Bureau. “Population Bulletin: Household Change in the United States”, September, 2012.
  • In 2011, there were approximately 11.7 million single parents in the United States raising 21.2 million children.
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau – Families and Living Arrangements: 2011.
  • 85.2% of single parents of children under 18 are mothers; 14.8% are fathers.
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau – Families and Living Arrangements: 2011.
  • U.S. Teens, (grades 9-12) :
    • 15.8% seriously considered attempting suicide
    • 12.8% made a plan for committing suicide
    • 7.8% attempted suicide

    Source: CDC: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, U.S., 2011.

  • Every day American adolescents (ages 12-17):
    • 7,540 try alcohol for the first time
    • 3,845 smoke cigarettes for the first time
    • 3,695 try marijuana for the first time
    • 4,365 try an illicit drug for the first time
    • 2,466 use prescription pain relievers, non medically for the first time

    Source: 2008 – A Day in the Life of American Adolescence: Substance Use Facts Update

  • Studies reveal that 85% of the people who make a commitment to Jesus Christ make the decision by the age of 18, or they never will.
  • Churches are generally not equipped to respond to the needs of parents



HomeWord’s values guide the heart of our ministry.

  • A Commitment to Christ: We acknowledge Christ as the head of our organization and submit ourselves and all our activities to His will. (Ephesians 1:22-23)
  • A Commitment to the Church: We support the church as God’s primary institution for sharing the love of God and the message of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5: 23-24)
  • A Commitment to Family: We support the spiritual nurture of the family as one of God’s primary means to perpetuate the Christian faith from generation to generation. (Deuteronomy 6: 4-9; 2 Timothy 1:5)
  • A Commitment to Cultural Relevance: We believe our ministry should be culturally relevant without compromising biblical absolutes. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
  • A Commitment to Relationships: We are committed to cultivating deep abiding Christ-like relationships both within and outside our organization. (1 Corinthians 13)
  • A Commitment to Integrity: We are committed to being truthful, accountable, and forthright in all that we do. (Proverbs 2:7)
  • A Commitment to Ministry Excellence: We will constantly evaluate our forms and methods for ministry, seeking maximum ministry effectiveness in delivery of our mission. (Colossians 3:23)
  • About HomeWord

    HomeWord helps families succeed by creating Biblical resources that build strong marriages, confident parents, empowered kids and healthy leaders. Founded by Jim Burns and supported by Doug Fields, HomeWord and Azusa Pacific University have partnered to form The HomeWord Center for Youth and Family. Learn More »

  • About Azusa Pacific University

    APU is a leading Christian college ranked as one of the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Located near Los Angeles in Southern California, APU is a Christian university offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master's, doctoral, and degree completion programs, both on campus and online. Learn More »

  • Contact Information

    • HomeWord
      PO Box 1600
      San Juan Capistrano, CA

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    • 800-397-9725
      (M-F: 8:30am-5pm PST)