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Thursday, September 26

2:30pm EDT

One Heart, Two Homes: A Look at What Children of Co-parents Need to Grow and Thrive!
The church can be a haven of help and hope by offering relevant resources to parents, grandparents and volunteers who work with children and families. Children of divorce need stable homes with healthy co-parents as they come and go between mom's house and dad's house. We will look at the five categories of co-parenting and their impact on kids, the six risks for children of divorce, how to handle the "hand-off" and ten things kids of divorce wish they could tell their co-parents.


Thursday September 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm EDT
St. Louis

3:30pm EDT

Empowering the Single Parent
It is hard to know what to say to someone who has just been through the trauma of divorce, death of a spouse or unplanned pregnancy. Sometimes we avoid these situations because we don't want to be misunderstood or seen as condoning difficult life decisions. The truth is, this is when families need us the most. This is the time to magnify the opportunity hidden in brokenness and guide them towards transformation.


Thursday September 26, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm EDT
Room D
Friday, September 27

1:30pm EDT

When the Children Come to Church But the Parents Don't
Is your ministry filled with students and children who come to church without their parents? Pastor and professor Timothy Paul Jones has spent more than two decades in urban contexts, ministering in circumstances where most students and children come from unchurched homes. In this session, Dr. Jones will provide you and your staff with the encouragement and guidance that you need to reach spiritual orphans and their parents.

Friday September 27, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

The Picture Frames Are Different But Single Parents and Step Parents Are Families Too
For many parents, the family portrait has been broken or reorganized. When kids live between mom's and dad's houses separately, their ability to stay engaged at church is strained. Compassionate leaders can be strategic in being sure kids, single parents and step parents find a safe place to continue building Godly community with other believers. We will discuss blind spots, new norms, challenges, solutions and impactful ideas on how to engage with multiple family systems and types.


Friday September 27, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Room N
Saturday, September 28

9:00am EDT

Embracing the Beauty and Brokenness of Adoption and Foster Care
The beauty of adoption comes thru the breaking of a family. Even after a child is in a safe and secure home, hurt and pain remain. Embracing the whole story better equips us to support our own kids and other parents caring for kids who have experienced trauma. Let’s dig into the why behind some attitudes and behaviors while exploring practical ways to better support kids who have experienced the loss of their birth parents.


Saturday September 28, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Room L

10:00am EDT

How to Recalibrate to Reach Single Parents and Their Families
Research has shown that a lion share (67%) of single-parent homes don't attend church, largely because they feel judged and like they don't belong. Reaching these home is simpler than you would think. It just takes a few deliberate tweaks in perspective and messaging to bring these families into the community.


Saturday September 28, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Room A