Almost nothing is more dear to our hearts than our children. We all want to see them baptized and doing great things for God someday, but statistics are daunting. According to The Barna Group, a research firm, less than 25% of the children of church members become involved themselves, with girls twice as likely as boys to do so. Though this is a statistic from all churches that purport to be Christian, the point is still relevant and comparable in our family of churches.
Kindergarten. That’s where Cheryl’s son was first exposed to pornography.
How could this happen? Cheryl [not her real name] had taken every precaution to prevent this. As a certified sex addiction therapist, she had a fierce determination to protect her son from pornography. Her home computer was protected by the best filtering systems, and she was cautious about where her son played. She had even invested thousands of dollars to send her son to a well-respected Christian private school.
This is probably the most challenging phase for the majority of parents. Of course, every teenager is different, but this is the transition between childhood and adulthood. Our temptation is to want them to remain children, and they are dying to be adults, hence the tension.
John and Karen Louis, researchers and authors of Good Enough Parenting and ministers in the Central Christian Church, will be collaborating with Lubbock Christian University this fall.
The Denver Church of Christ cordially invites you to join us as we host John and Karen Louis for their Good Enough Parenting Facilitator Training on November 13-16, 2014 in beautiful Denver, Colorado! Full-time ministers, elders/wives, youth and family ministry shepherds, counseling and educational professionals and the like will benefit greatly from this rich and insightful program that has helped many connect with their children and raise fantastic families to the glory of God.
Whether you are a youth pastor that works every day with high schoolers, a teacher in middle school, or a parent of children, you are looking out for these youth in so many aspects of life. One big area of need? Technology. More specifically, the revolution of mobile devices.
We still cannot believe what God has done for us in the past three years within the Southern Africa family of churches. It has been amazing to watch God work and help us revive camp for our children.
Would you like to help parents in your church and in your community using biblically based and professionally developed materials and resources? Would you like to learn great parenting skills for yourself? Would you like to be able to help older disciples who feel stuck spiritually? Would you like to become a facilitator of the “Good Enough Parenting” workshop which has the potential to help your church members as well as have an impact on your friends?
Then join our Parenting Facilitators’ Training in Geneva from March 14-17, or in Wichita from March 27-30, or in San Diego from April 5-8, 2014.