2018 Rooted Conference Parent Track: Workshops I

Parents: For the second year in a row, the Rooted Conference will feature a parent track. Now is a great time to  register for the 2018 conference in Nashville, TN (October 4-6); early-bird registration ends June 1st, and we want you all to get the discount!

This year’s conference theme is Heaven: For Today and Forever. Our children live in an age of instant gratification, where next week seems like the distant future. Scripture, however, points to heaven as the place of our deepest hope, comfort, and joy. It points to heaven as the motivator for obedience and mission. Come have your soul restored and invigorated as we talk about the great inheritance that Christ has won for us in heaven and how it affects our lives and the lives of youth.

Rooted Ministry affirms the Biblical truth that parents are the primary ministers to their teens. With this in mind, Rooted Ministry seeks to educate and encourage parents in this challenging calling. Rooted Ministry begins with the Gospel as the starting point and considers all matters in parenting, student ministry, and youth culture from that axis. These conferences feature great preaching, engaging biblical teaching, practical workshops, sincere worship, and the most intimate atmosphere you’ve ever encountered at a conference. Just the Gospel, relationships, and conversations.

Here are five of the parenting workshops we have scheduled; check back here Friday for more workshop previews:

Tough Kids 101
Speaker- Liz Edrington
Have you ever had “that kid” who you just can’t seem to get through to, who you just don’t understand?  What do we do with those kids who constantly disrupt youth group by making themselves the center of attention or kids who never seem to “make the right choice”?  In this workshop, we’ll consider some of the potential underlying factors of our tough kids in youth ministry and explore some of the potential options for loving and serving these kids (and their families) well.

Joy and Lament in Psalms
Speaker: Joe Gibbes
This workshop will provide encouragement and balm to the discouraged and brokenhearted parent and youth pastor. This talk with focus on the study of various Psalms, with attention to the wide variety of emotion the Psalms acknowledge. This talk will aim to provide perspective, hope, and the space to breath, by speaking to the future redemption of present suffering, and to the eternal hope we have in the Cross and Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ.

When A Good Desire Becomes a False God
Speaker: Julie Sparkman
Each of us longs for our children to have a passion for Christ, healthy relationships, and success at school. All of these things are good and healthy desires, but when parents lose sight of the gospel, these good things become idols. In the workshop we will explore how the gospel leads us to repentance and rest, setting us free to love our children with healed hearts.

Living Redemptively With Your Teen
Speakers: Kristen Hatton and Rebecca Hatton 
The teen years are filled with temptations, trials and a rollercoaster of emotions. For both the teen and parents. Navigating through that together can be tricky. How can we create a family atmosphere of honest conversation, confession, forgiveness and grace? Is it possible to get along in the midst of sin and struggles? To move toward one another and not always be at one another? What does living redemptively even mean, and what should it look like? Join mother/daughter duo for a candid conversation on how they got through it, and survived!

Creating Incredible Intergenerational Relationships in your Church
Speaker: Tony Souder (YM, PT)
No church is immune to intergenerational disconnectedness. Not all experience it as deeply as others and yet the long-term losses for the next generation are incalculable. Research shows that children and youth tend to thrive when they have multiple adult believers investing in their lives. In this seminar we will explore effective ways for creating the intergenerational relationships necessary for the Next Generation in your church to flourish in faith and life for the long-term.

Rooted 2018 has an incredible line-up of speakers and workshopsRegister TODAY!

Anna is a single mom of three young adult sons. She is the Senior Director of Content at Rooted, co-host of the Rooted Parent podcast, a member of Church of the Cross in Birmingham, AL, and the author of the upcoming God's Grace for Every Family: Biblical Encouragement for Single Parent Families and the Churches That Seek to Love Them Well (Zondervan, 2024). She also wrote Fresh Faith: Topical Devotions and Scripture-Based Prayers for College Students. In her free time, Anna enjoys gardening, great books, running, hiking, hammocks, and ice cream. She wants to live by a mountain stream in Idaho someday.

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