We'll talk about you and what responding to Jesus in the context of your family looks like. We'll define the initial gist of your vision and begin to walk around with it.
A general who thinks their job is to keep soldiers safe has lost sight of the Army's purpose. The job of the general, or the patriarch (or matriarch) is to prepare those who follow to engage in battles worth passion and sacrifice.
Until that vision is clear, expressed, and embraced in a way that fulfills its inherent promise, dads are just dads. That's a centurion's most profound call. We're here to help you respond.
We create private memoirs and other legacy expressions for prominent families. The names and work samples are highly confidential, but the objective is always to help people make better sense of their "first name experiences" within their "last name contexts."
This work requires a prayerful focus on identity beyond the trappings (and traps) of success.
What's hard is to name that love, and then invite the people you care about to see it the way you do. Especially if they're the ones who paid for the sacrifice.
Life stories. The first is usually for your parent(s), who will do the project not for themselves, but because you're asking for your kids.
A collection of family wisdom, statements followed by explanations, intended as a living and collaborative document updated over time.
Picture 20 issues on a shelf. Core family beliefs, plus updates and stories from the family, the business, charitable giving, and key friends and allies.
At graduation, after difficult life transitions, or when it's time to make sense of a "first name experience" in a strong "last name context."
Targeted advice for choosing a career or a spouse, handling the loss of a child or a marriage, or other delicate content that has to be timed carefully.
This is so hard to do without outside help because family dynamics get in the way. But most families want to point and work in a direction together.
Vision is a matter of appetite and timing, which means creating the right setting and going at the right pace to invite everyone in, not just get it done.
Our other work exposes the gaps in your family. We'll help you name the critical conversations and create the events to close those gaps.
Defining the vision isn't the hard part: remembering it and living it out is. We create children's books, custom art, and other symbols to keep your vision clear.
Apologia comes from the same root as apologetics and apology, but the meaning is different.
Apologetics focus on defense, like someone defending faith or facing charges in a court of law. An apology, in our world, is the confession of wrongdoing, and a request for forgiveness.
An apologia (apple-OH-gee-ah) is somewhere in between, and the focus isn’t on right or wrong, but on motivation.
Why did Mom choose a life of so many sacrifices for her art? What inspired Dad to pour so much of himself into his construction company? What makes faith so important to one set of parents, and education the preoccupation of another?
There are rational reasons behind every apologia. But beyond the rational and familiar we find all sorts of motivations built around passion, fear, desire, vows, and stories both sweet and heartbreaking that few people explore deeply, let alone share effectively with their families.
An apologia is a subtle gift, a chosen vulnerability, and if it’s not offered in a very open-handed, easy-to-reject way, manipulation is sure to come as part of the package. None of us can expect our pasts to be trump cards we can play on others. It is a great gift when someone is willing to indulge our wounds or unmet needs, to find such parts of us charming, but there is no such thing as forceful charm, or a demanding apologia.
Your story will include many layers of apologia, because it will be offered with love and honesty. It will stand ready, as your love already does, until the time is right for any who read your words to receive whatever gift your apologia may hold for the their hearts.
You are the centurion, the one going humbly to Jesus on behalf of your family. Our job is to help you in your response. We build our timelines with you, and we generally spread payments for six to 12 months beyond project completion to maintain the sense of continuing collaboration. Our dream is to work with the same families for the next 30 years.
Centurion Response projects are expensive, but the price we charge is not a reflection of the value of your story. We've created a free (no email address required or anything) PDF guide for writing your own legacy letter (also called an Ethical Will). We don't believe our overhead should limit your legacy.
We work from a deliverable-based rate sheet, with a minimum engagement fee. While we don't do ala carte projects, we recognize you may already have advisors, counselors, and various partner, and we have plenty of ways to integrate with them.
We can go faster, but we see the best results on a 6-12 month start-to-launch schedule. Depending on how you want to manage ongoing support and tracking efforts, we think in terms of 18-24 month engagement periods with a down-tiering payment schedule associated with it.
Unlimited access and time
Executive guidance, not agency menus
Prayerful pursuit of your best interests
Flexibility on timelines and workloads
Extended payment plans
Introductions to peers
We charge a flat fee and handle all aspects of producing, designing, printing, planning, hosting and any other elements related to the effort. The common exception to this rule is individual travel plans and expenses for your family to attend events.
Our calling is to help revitalize the rustiest weapon in the Kingdom: testimony. Testimony is not a person's before and after story or a one-time experience presented as a sales pitch for church. It's supposed to be you, God, and His will in your life combined as Presence. We focus on centurions because we see the price centurions already pay for their obedience, and that's where we believe we're called to serve. We don't know you yet, but we're already praying for you.
Call. Let's see what happens.