It's strange, isn't it?
Before having kids, none of us really thinks of learning about parenting. And after we have kids, who has the time? So truth be told, we're doing the most important job in the world - raising human beings - with little or no training! No wonder many of us resort to nagging, yelling, and... frustration! Can you imagine a surgeon doing their job this way? This coming Feb.5th and March 19th, gather with other parents in a fun learning environment with acclaimed speaker and author Duffy Robbins as we learn how to have better families and fewer regrets.
On Feb.5th and March 19th, Dr.Duffy Robbins will share advice, principles and techniques that we parents can start using right away to raise healthy, happy kids.
Let's change that!
Our speaker... Duffy Robbins
Dr. Duffy Robbins, Professor of Youth Ministry at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania, is a respected youth ministry veteran with over forty years of experience in the field. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers. Duffy also serves as a Teaching Pastor at Faithbridge Church, Spring, Texas, and a faculty member in the Doctor of Ministry program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he co-leads the doctoral cohorts for Ministry to Emerging Generations.
Duffy is the author of numerous books including Ministry of Nurture, This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure, Speaking to Teenagers (co-authored with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts, Enjoy the Silence (co-authored with the lovely Maggie Robbins) and his latest book, Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.
Session 1 - Missional Parenting
One of the most common problems we face in our families is the business and pace of daily living: work responsibilities, school, sports, church, family relationships, we all know the drill. There's not much time to think about the parenting mission when we're all traveling at the speed of life. This seminar will give us an opportunity to pull over and look at the map, to regain a sense of our purpose and mission. What are our goals as a family? And, in the midst of the busy-ness and the dizziness of our children's teenage years this seminar will help you to focus on some basic priorities as a family?
We'll go back to Scripture to see what kinds of priorities God sets for his people:
What does it mean to help our children "become like Jesus"?
In what sense are we to help our teenagers be "no longer children" as they move into adolescence?
Is my child "called to ministry"? Am I? What does that mean?
What does real life discipleship look like in the life of a teenager?
Session 2 - Building Families That Build Faith
A big part of the parenting task is simply doing it with intention - with a sense of purpose, proactive parenting as opposed to reactive parenting. When parents operate on the basis of core values and set intentions, the parenting task becomes more about guidance and less about hand to hand combat.
In this session, we'll look at some of those core values and set intentions that form and inform our task as parents of teenagers:
The Incarnation Principle, and how it reminds us that good parenting is like teaching your child to drive a car;
The Baby Step Principle, and why wise parents learn to celebrate small victories;
The Emperor Penguin Principle, and what it says about the importance of patience;
The Morning Sickness Principle, and why we go through labor twice with each child.
The Big Picture principle, and the importance of helping our children remember there's more to the Story than first meets the eye.