There are very good reasons for a congregation to decide to have their people attend.
This seminar is a splendid opportunity for a congregation to be doing what the Scriptures are asking them to do. Parents and grandparents are to be bringing their offspring up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4). This seminar helps family leaders to perform this duty.
Designated leaders such as pastors and teachers are to be equipping people for their ministries.
Ephesians 4:11,12. One of these ministries is the parenting calling as in number one above.
Parents Arise with years of experience and having discovered many resources can aid local church leaders in fulfilling this vital congregational work.
In our present culture the average American child is more influenced by media and peers than by their parents or grandparents. This puts them much more at risk to be misled or be entrapped or traumatized by those who seek to take advantage of them. Parents and grandparents need to see how important they are, what they can be about to help their offspring stay safe and keep their faith.
Many youth get into unnecessary trouble and trauma because they did not know the tools they could use to avoid being taken down a hurtful life-changing road. This seminar begins to help the parents and grandparents see how to equip and arm their offspring with good tools and weapons to avoid such outcomes.
This seminar offers congregations the possibility of supporting what Martin Luther taught when he said, “Most certainly father and mother are apostles, bishops and priests to their children, if they make them acquainted with the gospel. In short, there is no greater or nobler authority on earth than that of parents over their children, for this authority is both spiritual and temporal.”
Helping parents and grandparents see the front line calling they have in the congregation and supporting them in fulfilling that calling will not only make the congregation more vibrant but will also empower this younger generation be more faithful and effective in their marriages and relating to their future children.
Much misery, anguish and brokenness of both child and family members can be avoided if congregations realize they can do good work at the top of the cliff before young people go over the cliff and become broken down by molestation, chemicals, addictions, loss of faith, bullying, babies born out of wedlock, divorces, domestic violence and misleading messages. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglas