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Breakout Session 1

Breakout Session 1

Preparing Our Kids for a Sexually Broken Culture

John Stonestreet

From every angle, students today are sold a vision of sexuality and relationships that is toxic and deadly. The “talk” that all parents dread has to be more of a conversation, and it’s never been more important. In this session, you’ll gain insight into the cultural setting we live in and learn practical ways to help students face it with courage and conviction.

Identity—Who Do Your Children Think They Are and Why Does it Matter?

Kathy Koch 

Identity – how children define themselves – is extremely important. It controls behavior and influences children’s academics, relationships, future, hopes, and so much more. In this session, you’ll discover how to parent so children will have a healthy identity and believe the most important identities of all.

It's Not Just Dinner—How to Connect With Your Kids at Mealtimes

Erin Kunkle

The average American family is overly busy, over extended and we all feel the crunch. In a fast-paced culture, we must be intentional to slow life down and block out distractions. Family meals can be that time. In this session, we’ll discuss habits you can cultivate in your home that will make meals a significant time of connection with your kids.

Finding Your Voice as a Christian Parent When the World Wants to Drown You Out

Natasha Crain

The secular world is speaking more loudly than ever, competing with parents and leaders for influence over their kids’ worldview. So how should Christian adults transform the nature of their discipleship, to be a more compelling voice in the midst of so much “noise?” This talk will offer practical answers and provide takeaways you can begin using immediately. 

Interactive Workshop: Smart Flourishing with Smart Phones

(offered during both breakout times)

Joe Gorra & Matthew Weathers

How can a smartphone shape us just by the mere use of it? How does this device impact us physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially? By thinking carefully and biblically about our phones, can we help our kids actually flourish as they use them? This interactive session will give you important insights into the power of our smartphones.  

Special Youth Leader Session: No More Shallow Youth Ministry

(offered during both breakout times)

Chad Merrihew

Games, pizza parties, camps and young hip volunteers ARE NOT the ingredients to a successful youth ministry. The entertainment-model of youth ministry must go if we want to prepare students to face an increasingly hostile secular culture. This session will offer practical strategies to turn an entertainment-driven youth ministry into an immersive and transformative one.

Breakout Session 2

Motivation Matters—Start with the Heart

Kathy Koch 

Understanding how and why your relationship and character development are the foundation of motivation is vital. But what should we focus on and what beliefs do we emphasize? In this session, you’ll learn the four roles you must play, how to respond when children are frustrated, and how to compliment and correct effectively.

From Toddlers to Teenagers—How to Discipline Your Kids in Love & Truth

Erin Kunkle

Why do we discipline? How do we do it? How do we discipline at different stages? This session will provide a biblical picture of discipline, as well as practical steps and strategies for your home. 

Knowledge, Neuroscience and How We Form Beliefs 

Jonathan Morrow

What shapes our ideas and forms our most important beliefs about life? How do you break free from toxic beliefs and build healthy thought patterns? Can we cooperate with the way God made our brains to work, in changing the way we think? This practical session will help you take steps to a healthier thought life for you and your kids.

3 Critical Thinking Skills Every Child Should Have

Natasha Crain

We need to know how to think, not simply what to think. And learning to think well about faith is vitally important as our kids are being bombarded with conflicting truth claims. This interactive session will introduce three of the most important critical thinking skills kids must have in order to evaluate the skeptical claims they will encounter and then provide an opportunity to apply them to real-life examples. 

Interactive Workshop: Smart Flourishing with Smart Phones (offered during both breakout times)

Joe Gorra & Matthew Weathers

How can a smartphone shape us just by the mere use of it? How does this device impact us physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially? By thinking carefully and biblically about our phones, can we help our kids actually flourish as they use them? This interactive session will give you important insights into the power of our smartphones.  

Special Youth Leader Session: No More Shallow Youth Ministry (offered during both breakout times)

Chad Merrihew

Games, pizza parties, camps and young hip volunteers ARE NOT the ingredients to a successful youth ministry. The entertainment-model of youth ministry must go if we want to prepare students to face an increasingly hostile secular culture. This session will offer practical strategies to turn an entertainment-driven youth ministry into an immersive and transformative one.