Cross-Generation dba Connected Families
The information on this page was last updated 5/31/2022. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]
Do you feel overwhelmed and dissatisfied with your parenting? And perhaps you even feel disconnected from your children? Reverse the trend starting today. It is possible to parent peacefully, and connect with your children even in the midst of discipline.
Our team provides biblically-based live and virtual mentoring that brings hope to your family.
10800 Old County Rd 15
Plymouth, MN 55441
Email: [email protected]
CEO/President: Anna Braasch
Chairman: Dave Scouler
Board size: 5
Founder: Jim and Lynne Jackson
Ruling year: 2002
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 12/31
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 2020
Reflect on the messages your parenting is sending. Unfortunately, sometimes instead of sending a message of, "You are called and capable," our kids get the message, "You are irresponsible and a problem." We want to help you change that message.
Connected Families seeks to fulfill a unique role in the Christian parenting space. While unapologetically Christ-centered, we also let parenting, brain, and trauma research inform what we do and say. And we keep our focus on Jesus. Not politics.
Connected Families is a non-profit ministry that cares for, inspires, and equips parents to receive and pass on God's grace and truth, by imparting a biblical, memorable, transformational framework for parenting.
Statement of faith
God is bigger and better than we can imagine and yet He desires to have a personal relationship with us.
The Bible is God's perfect guidebook for us.
Jesus is God revealing Himself to us.
God lives in and through His followers today through the Holy Spirit.
God's grace and our faith is how we begin and develop a growing relationship with God.
God works through all things, including difficulties in the lives of those who follow Him.
Heaven and hell are real places.
Death is a beginning, not the end.
The church exists to increase the reputation of God and to serve people, just as Jesus served people.
Jesus is coming again.
For a more complete statement of Connected Families' core beliefs, including Bible verses, see below.
The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, verbally and fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts and that it has supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32)
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 3; John 4:24; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, who is infinite, just, personal, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people; He hears and answers prayer; and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Luke 10:21-22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; John 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1-2; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6; Romans 3:26; Deuteronomy 32:4)
We believe that Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, victorious resurrection on the third day, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth. (John 3:16; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; John 20:28; Romans 9:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; Romans 6:9-10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Philippians 2:6-9)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment. The Holy Spirit continually draws believers closer to God, transforms them into the image of Jesus Christ, empowers them for ministry, and distributes spiritual gifts to the church. (John 14:16-17, 26; John 15:26-27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26)
We believe that all people are created in the image of God; that humans sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent, receive and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are, in Christ, delivered or "saved" from condemnation and enjoy the free gift of eternal life. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3; Genesis 5:2; John 1:12; John 3:14, 16; John 5:24, 30; John 8:12; John 10:26)
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all those that follow him as their Lord and Savior are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of followers of Jesus Christ who gather for worship, growth, service, and fellowship. We believe God ordained His church to bring hope to the world through the sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ as we seek to make disciples in His name. (Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25; Matthew 28:19)
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct, by God's grace, should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their time and possessions for God's purposes; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. We believe we are called to live our lives consistent with the standards of biblical teaching, including fellowship with and encouragement of the body of Christ; corporate and individual prayer, service and giving; by living lives in word and deed that are an encouragement to others to know and be like Jesus Christ; and by reflecting in all our relationships the servant-love of our Lord. (1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15, 23-24; 1 John 2:3-6; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9-10)
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||No||0/4|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||Yes||15/15|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is less than $1-m) available on its website?||No||0/4|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||9/9|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||4/4|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||No||0/4|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||4/4|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||4/4|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||4/4|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||4/4|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||4/4|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||Yes||4/4|
|Total donor confidence score||88/100|
Financial efficiency ratings
Sector: Community Development
|Category||Rating||Overall rank||Sector rank|
|Overall efficiency rating||382 of 1034||31 of 79|
|Fund acquisition rating||455 of 1036||29 of 79|
|Resource allocation rating||416 of 1036||34 of 79|
|Asset utilization rating||469 of 1034||42 of 79|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$10,445||$11,285||$204,461||$197,951||$293,773|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$893,257||$785,348||$834,511||$776,520||$781,431|
|Other long-term assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total long-term assets||$184||$783||$177,277||$186,246||$195,915|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$13,669||$10,352||$34,129||$35,299||$35,785|
|Other current liabilities||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current liabilities||$13,669||$10,352||$34,129||$35,299||$35,785|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$48,909||$44,934||$162,854||$112,791||$125,009|
|Total long-term liabilities||$48,909||$44,934||$162,854||$112,791||$235,985|
|Without donor restrictions||$830,863||$730,845||$814,805||$814,676||$705,576|
|With donor restrictions||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Revenues and expenses|
|Program service revenue||$202,674||$234,137||$847,715||$1,168,754||$1,174,550|
|Total other revenue||$359,495||$361,555||$942,490||$1,208,534||$1,197,743|
|Management and general||$98,673||$102,037||$161,658||$158,284||$121,777|
|Change in net assets||2020||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||$100,018||($83,960)||$129||$109,100||$74,347|
|James Jackson||President & Founder||$85,543|
Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020
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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/31/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]
Jim and Lynne Jackson were dissatisfied with the parenting resources available to them as young parents. The prescriptions for parenting that they had encountered had been largely ineffective for the raising of their spirited young crew of three, Daniel, Bethany, and Noah. Each of these kids was highly sensitive, had allergies galore, was extremely active, and -- well, let's just say they were gifted at self-expression.
Jim & Lynne's dissatisfaction extended to their professional lives as well. Jim was working with high risk teens and Lynne as an occupational therapist working with young kids, and they both saw lots of problems with widely accepted and conventional teaching about parenting.
So Jim & Lynne started a journey in their own family and with other parents to discover what it takes to see big changes happen - not so much in managing behavior, but in the quality of relationships that build strong influence with kids' hearts. They started reading everything they could about child development and discipline. They began to find their way into a profound understanding of how God's grace intersects with the "mess" of parenting. They kept working with parents and testing ideas. Then in the late 90's Lynne stumbled on a scripture passage that changed everything: 1 Thessalonians 2:4-12.
In this passage Paul says he was like a mother and a father as he discipled his beloved "children". His authority came not from forcing his will, but from humbly serving as a nursing mother - gentle, loving, and caring; then as a father - encouraging, comforting, and urging godly living. Here it was! The biblical model for parenting - humble, loving, encouraging, and instructive, all wrapped into one. This passage is deep and rich, often overlooked as a source of parenting wisdom, yet it seems to powerfully capture the essence of Godly parenting. It reveals that the whole model of Paul to his spiritual children - and the model of Jesus to his - is deeply instructive for parenting kids today.
The penetrating depth of this new insight led Jim & Lynne to their life calling.
In 2002 Connected Families launched out of Jim & Lynne's home office. They voraciously studied, wrote, and mobilized in partnership with churches to equip parents of young kids. They had a passion to prevent the trouble they had both witnessed first-hand in struggling families. The word spread and soon the two were speaking to a hundred audiences each year while raising their growing crew.
As they kept learning and growing it became clear that the ideas they developed had broad application to families of all kinds. The fruit of their experience has been captured for the benefit of any parent whose search leads them to Connected Families. In the archives on this site you will get to know them well. You'll get to know the whole Connected Families team. And we want to get to know you.
We don't want finances to prevent any family from gaining the parenting support they need. That's why we offer generous scholarship opportunities to anyone who asks. To do that, we depend on you. If you have been blessed by Connected Family's ministry, please prayerfully consider supporting us.