Fall Conferences 2014

dotMOM - Sept 19-20, 2014

DAVID THOMAS: Keynote Friday 7:30pm Topic TBD

Breakout 1: Saturday 11:15am-12:30pm

Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys

  • “Why can’t he focus?  Why is he always moving?”
  • “He won’t talk.  I can tell he’s struggling, but he won’t open up.  Help!”
  • “How can I help my son experience more success in school?”
  • “He was so tender when he was young, and now he seems so angry.”
  • “Is this normal for a boy his age?”

These are questions, declarations and some of the most common cries for help I hear every day in my counseling office.  They represent the playful, puzzling, passion-filled, sometimes exhausting, fascinating and mysterious journey of raising boys. Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys helps parents, grandparents, and educators understand and explore the hearts, minds and ways of boys and the vital role we play along his journey to manhood.  We will look at the different stages of his development and define what he needs from us in each of those stages.  

This class is packed full of practical suggestions for how to parent, teach and discipline more in tandem with the way he is designed rather than in opposition to it. Come enjoy some fresh insight and much-needed encouragement on the road to raising boys, from birth through adolescence. 

Breakout 2: Saturday 1:30-2:45pm

Understanding the Emotional Development of Young Children

This workshop will focus on understanding the emotional development of young children, the elements of emotion and how they process feelings. We will also explore temperament as a foundation for understanding emotion and our calling to be good stewards of children’s emotional and spiritual well-being. Parents and educators will also be introduced to the concept of reading between the lines as a means of understanding emotion in a child's behavior. The seminar will end with practical ideas for furthering a child's emotional development.


D6: Family Ministry Conference:   

Connecting Church and Home Oct 2-3, 2014

  • Generational Discipleship
  • Effective Ministry Ideas
  • Application For Life

D6 Louisville is a full TWO DAY experience. Think of it as a Family Ministry Expo. It is an integrated model of main stage session and over 40 breakouts spread throughout the event with add-on options like Coaching Intensives to help attendees go deeper.

REGISTER & FIND OUT MORE HERE!



Sissy Goff & David Thomas present:

Intentional Parenting 

  • "I just don't know any more options to try in terms of discipline."
  • "I am afraid I lost it with my son last night."
  • "How am I supposed to find time to enjoy them when we're just so busy?"
  • "Most parenting books I read just leave me feeling really overwhelmed."

Being a free parent.  Parent out of love and not out of fear. Spending real time--connected, engaged time with your son or daughter with no iphones, ipads, or ianything in between.  These are a few of the ideas we talk about in this seminar.  It is one born out of countless conversations we have had with parents over the years...conversations where they're wanting to talk about how to be more consistent, patient, connected, balanced, free...in a word more intentional with their children of all ages.  This seminar is our response.  In it, we give specific ideas on 

  • being a consistent parent
  • being a patient parent
  • being a connected parent
  • being a balanced parent
  • and, finally, what it looks like to be free.

Regardless of their age, your children look to you to help them discover who you are.  This time will help you do just that.  You are growing right alongside them.  Our hope is that you will leave this seminar refreshed with humor, truth and grace and more confident to parent with all of the love, mercy and intentionality with which God continues to parent you. Understanding you.  Understanding your child.  

Breakouts: TBD


MOPS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - Oct 2-4, 2014

  •      A fun weekend just for you
  •      A space to listen, learn and share
  •      A call to be brave
  •      A spiritual renewal
  •      A practical investment 
  •      A life-changing opportunity to connect and grow

As a mom and leader you give. 
Your love. Your time. Your self.
Come receive. 
At MOMcon 2014
Woman. Mom. Leader.
You'll gain skills and confidence in each of your roles, strengthen your faith and renew your passion for outreach. Invest in yourself. MOMcon is a weekend you’ll never forget, and we’re saving you a seat.

REGISTER & FIND OUT MORE HERE

David Thomas presents: 

Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys

  • “Why can’t he focus?  Why is he always moving?”
  • “He won’t talk.  I can tell he’s struggling, but he won’t open up.  Help!”
  • “How can I help my son experience more success in school?”
  • “He was so tender when he was young, and now he seems so angry.”
  • “Is this normal for a boy his age?”

These are questions, declarations and some of the most common cries for help I hear every day in my counseling office.  They represent the playful, puzzling, passion-filled, sometimes exhausting, fascinating and mysterious journey of raising boys. Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys helps parents, grandparents, and educators understand and explore the hearts, minds and ways of boys and the vital role we play along his journey to manhood.  We will look at the different stages of his development and define what he needs from us in each of those stages.  

This class is packed full of practical suggestions for how to parent, teach and discipline more in tandem with the way he is designed rather than in opposition to it. Come enjoy some fresh insight and much-needed encouragement on the road to raising boys, from birth through adolescence.

LIFEWAY KIDS MINISTRY CONFERENCE - Oct 6-8, 2014

Emotions In The Classroom with Sissy Goff & David Thomas

  • how to de-escalate emotions with kids during classes

  • how to encourage, support and educate parents 

  • recognize when kids and families need to be referred

  • learn what resources are available

It has never been a more complicated time to care for, serve and equip families. Trained counselors with a combined 40 years of experience will talk about issues you may be facing in these areas. 

Taming the Technology Monster with Sissy Goff

Parenting is a more challenging... and sometimes more frightening task than it's ever been before. Much of the fright and challenge have to do with our twenty-first century friend, technology. In this class, we'll discuss trends in technology among kids today, what you can do to protect your family from the dangers of this "monster," and even turn the monster into opportunities for good in the life of your child and family. 

How To Talk To Your Kids About Sex with David Thomas

“When should I start the conversation?”
“I don’t want my kids to hear about things first from another source.”

“My nine year old stumbled into something on the internet. How do I address this?” “How much information is too much information?”

“My parents never talked with me about sex. I don’t have a blueprint for any kind of conversation.”

These are questions and comments we’ve heard from hundreds of parents over the years. Most parents at this time in history didn’t grow up with a healthy, ongoing dialogue about sexuality and physical development. The idea of stepping into this conversation with our kids feels a bit like traveling across the country with no GPS. Our kids desperately need education in this arena. We’ll come together to talk around 8 important ideas for shaping a healthy, age-appropriate conversation with our kids about their growing bodies, the changes they will experience, and how/when to talk about sex.