Family Workshops

Building Faith Families Workshop Titles

 
 

Family Discipleship

 

The Divine Blueprint for Building a Family of Faith

     In Deuteronomy 6, God’s simple and effective plan for the family begins with parents loving God with everything in them and having His word on their hearts. When parents have established their own relationship with God and His word, they are equipped to teach their children to love God and His word.

 

The Family That Stays Together Stays Together

     God created marriage and the family. Before Abraham, Moses, or Israel, God instituted the sacred institution of the family. Healthy God honoring families are the foundation for our churches and our culture. Transformation of our institutions begins in the home where each individual is rooted, grounded, and connected to God through the good news of Jesus, who is the cornerstone of a family of faith.

 

Biblical Principles of Communication for the Family

     Loving God and each other are relationships. Relationships are built on edifying communication. No one can build up, or tear down, more than those that we love the most. In this workshop we will examine how to hear and understand each other in a safe place.

 

Understanding One Other and Building Each Other Up in the Lord

     Each member of the family is uniquely qualified and designed to understand and support one another. From communication tips and personality insights, we will look at practical ways to love one another and build each other up in the Lord. “Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

 

Loving Your Family as God Has Loved Us

     Jesus calls us to love others as He has loved us. Instead of loving others as we want to be loved, we love as we have been loved. This dynamic bears wonderful fruit in family relationships as we focus our attention on Jesus and His heart for us.

 

Celebrating Hope and Redemption in the Valleys of Life

     This workshop is Steve’s testimony of the last thirty years as the father of a child with special needs. He shares what his family has learned as a result of Johnny’s disability, and the special, rewarding, and joyful role he has played in their lives. Even in the difficult experiences of life, God proved faithful. His grace sustained them and brought good out of their struggles and disappointments.
 
 

Home Education

 

Home Education or School at Home?

     When we began our journey of teaching our children we purchased several little desks at a yard sale and refinished them. Then we acquired textbooks and workbooks and taped the alphabet to the walls around our school room. Later we moved to the kitchen table, and finally we discovered a well rounded education is not confined to a classroom, but embodies character, relationships, and God.

 

Fostering Lifelong Learners

     Sandi and I wanted to give our sons a good foundation in language arts and math along with a love for learning. Our vision worked, for each of our sons is a lifelong student who are continually learning and growing. We catch a fire from someone who has a fire. This workshop will share strategies for encouraging a passion for learning through books, family excursions, and exposing your family to fellow lifelong learners.
 
 

Math Education

 

Math You Understand

     Math is so much more than memorizing rules and facts. With a unique and humorous approach, Steve demonstrates how to use hands-on manipulatives to illustrate important math concepts such as place value, double digit multiplication, fractions, algebra, exponents, squares, square roots, and factoring trinomials.

 

Seeing Fractions is Understanding Fractions

     Four out of five people don’t understand fractions! With one clear hands-on model, Steve demonstrates how to perform the basic operations as well as understanding equivalent fractions, reducing fractions, and mixed numbers. The grand finale is how to convert a fraction to a decimal to a percent.

 

Elementary Algebra Taught Concretely

     Instead of mere symbols on paper, Steve demonstrates with manipulatives, the central concepts of algebra: problem solving, exponents, squares, square roots, negative numbers, basic operations with polynomials, factoring trinomials, and graphing lines. Come and experience and “Aha” moment.

 
 

Especially for (but not limited to) Men

 

From Crisis to Christ, the Journey of a Husband and Father

     2012 was the hardest and best year of my life. On the one hand I had personal blindspots revealed which caused pain to those who were closest to me. At the same time, God revealed his unconditional love in a new way. I am now, by God’s grace, in the best place I have ever been with my wife and sons.

 

How to Get Started Having Regular Times of Family Worship

     Steve relates the ingredients for a doable plan of family worship. After many years of trying, God helped the Demmes make studying God’s word a daily part of their home. Steve also shares obstacles he wrestled with to lead his family in this crucial area.

 

Five Strategies to Build Up and Encourage Our Wives

     Steve relates insights he has gleaned from scripture on how God has designed our wives and ways that we can lay down our lives and apply biblical principles to build them up and encourage them in the Lord. When we lose our life we find it.

 

Influence of Fathers

      A plethora of studies have demonstrated the profound impact of fathers on their children. In this session we will explore the influence of Dads in scripture and how we can learn from what they did well and where they dropped the ball. God designed men to serve and lay their lives down for their wife and children.

 
 

Workshops for Young Adults (formerly known as Teens) and Parents

 

Developing the Habit of Daily Bible Reading and Prayer

     This workshop is applicable for any earnest Christian who desires to develop this habit or needs encouragement to keep at it. How and why to have a daily quiet time, tips for making the time more effective, and reading through the Bible are a few of the topics to be considered. After examining the Scriptures and hearing about Steve’s own experience, all will be encouraged to continue to grow in their walk with God.

 

Slaying Lions and Honoring Parents

     In examining the life of David, Steve gleans helpful insights into the battles facing young people today. This workshop will clarify the issues, and encourage our youth to stand strong in their faith. All scripture is inspired and profitable for Christians of all ages, and in all times.

 

What About Youth Groups and Sunday Schools

     Steve examines the history of the Sunday School movement, modern youth ministry, and shares his experience of coming to Christ at a summer youth camp. He then addresses this topic, having served many years as a father of four sons, a Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, summer camp counselor, and summer camp director.

 

PDUG: Purposeful Dating Under God

      Steve shares his testimony of seeking a wife having practiced a form of courtship over 30 years ago. He also shares his observations of recreational dating in the world and the church. Beginning with a short study of marriage in scripture, this is a timely exhortation to encourage earnest believers to put God first and be led by the Spirit in finding a life partner.