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The C.S. Lewis Institute (CSLI) wants to help equip and encourage parents, grandparents and other caring adults in their efforts to intentionally disciple their children at home. Hear from five compelling and encouraging experts in the field of children's and youth ministry, enjoy fellowship with other believing parents and grandparents, refresh your vision and gain insight for your own family discipleship process using the new Keeping the Faith Guidebook small group resource.

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Today, perhaps like no other time in history, change churns through humanity like a rushing river, leaving some exhilarated and optimistic, others exhausted and discouraged. Current trends are definitely moving our culture away from biblical precepts. For Christian families, training our children in the faith means setting them apart from the cultural mainstream, and the prospect is unnerving, to say the least.

However, against the backdrop of mind-blowing upheaval, the constancy of God, the Rock of Ages, stands in solid, vivid contrast. Like a lighthouse in the surf, God is faithful, His promises hold true and nothing takes Him by surprise...ever. God assures us that there is nothing new under the sun, that the Holy Spirit is alive and active in some truly surprising ways and that Jesus, whose cross covered it all, is with us to the end. It is a beautiful paradox: the balm for what ails this shifting, post-modern, chaotic world remains an ancient faith in a good, unchanging God.

The great news for Christian families today is that God has already uniquely equipped our young people for the good works He has prepared in advance for them to do. Parents, pay attention! You have front row seats to the amazing things that God is doing in and through the lives of your children and young adults.

However, you cannot put new wine in old wineskins, so be prepared to stretch a little. As you disciple your growing family, your role will be to give them front row seats to the activity of the Holy Spirit in your own life. They will get to know your Lord as they witness your efforts to:

·         Grow in humility, knowledge and faithfulness before God.

·         Live out a winsome, authentic example of active trust in Jesus.

·         Submit continually to the leading of the Holy Spirit and to encourage you kids to do the same.

·         Maintain gracious, open lines of communication with your kids as they grow.

·         Gently and truthfully answer tough questions that reflect the reality of the culture in which they live

·         Intentionally prioritize your limited time with your children. Your time with them is so very short.

You can feel confident that God will influence your family through you, no matter where your starting point is today. Where do you begin? How do you prepare? How can you be sure that you remain on the right track? The answer is scripture study, prayer and fellowship, and the new Keeping the Faith Guidebook, the new small group resource that is the backbone of the Aslan Academy and the basis for the conference, is the perfect tool to equip you in that process. 

 
Jodie Berndt is the author of several books, including the popular Praying the Scriptures series to equip parents to pray effectively for their children, teens, and adult children. A former television producer and on-air personality, Jodie now blogs at jodieberndt.com, a website where readers can find encouraging stories, prayer helps and book recommendations. Jodie and her husband, Robert, are parents to four adult children and have two sons-in-law.
 
 
 
 
Randy Newman is our Senior Apologetics and Evangelism Fellow and an adjunct faculty member for Talbot School of Theology and Patrick Henry College. After serving for over 30 years with Campus Crusade for Christ, he established Connection Points, a ministry to help Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did. He has written four books, Questioning Evangelism, Corner Conversations, Bringing the Gospel Home, and Engaging with Jewish People, and numerous articles about evangelism and other ways our lives intertwine with God’s creation. He and his wife Pam live in Annandale, VA and have three grown sons, a delightful daughter-in-law and two adorable granddaughters.
 

Brock Morgan has been in youth ministry for the past 27 years.  He has also been the director of training at Youth Specialties and is a popular speaker for camps, retreats, and conferences.  Brock is published in many different magazines and has written a few well-received books, including Parenting Guide to Teenage Guys, Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World, The Amazing Next and his most recent, Youth Ministry 2027. He is the youth pastor at The Falls Church Anglican and together with his wife Kelsey, released a 9 month teaching curriculum for youth groups called, NEXT.  Brock has also launched a new ministry called Generation514, whose aim is to develop next generation leaders.

Josh Baker is the Pastor of the Children’s Ministry at Capital Baptist Church and is the President of Living Like Lucy Ministries which teaches character lessons through the stories from the Chronicles of Narnia.  One of the unique aspects of this ministry is that it uses actual costumes and props from the Hollywood Narnia movies to capture the imagination of children and adults alike. Josh is active in the theater arts and has written twenty full-scale drama productions based off of popular children’s movies and books with an aim toward teaching spiritual lessons.  He has been a speaker at Awana Conferences across the country and coaches others pastors in children’s ministry. He is also a C.S. Lewis Fellow.

 

Dave Chesser committed his life to Christ during his junior year at the University of Pittsburgh. After graduation, he entered the USAF and served as a navigator for 33 years. His fervor for trained, passionate leadership in the local church led him to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for his MDiv. He has planted a church in Tennessee and recently returned to Gordon-Conwell to acquire his DMin. The title of his thesis-project was “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Aslan Academy to Equip Parents to Disciple Their Children.” Since 2012, he has served on the pastoral team at Friends Community Church in Fairbanks, Alaska. Dave is husband to AnneMarie, father to Caleb and Amy, and grandfather to twins, Brayden and Brynlee. 

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 and Saturday, February 23, 2019 
Time: Friday 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm and Saturday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Speakers: Jodie Berndt, Brock Morgan, Randy Newman, Josh Baker and Dave Chesser
Location: Immanuel Bible Church | 6911 Braddock Rd, Springfield, VA 22151

 
 

 

 
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