Workshop Objective: Cover the first 3 topics in our Parenting 101 series in a classroom setting and then connect attendees with a mentoring couple to finish the series and cover additional topics.
Overwhelmed with parenting and not sure what to do? Good news! This workshop can help. Join us for a 3-session workshop to learn some foundational parenting principles as well as the guiding philosophy behind all the tools found at pursueGOD.org. We want to help you thrive as parents as you work to raise happy, healthy kids. Not only that, we’ll provide you with some helpful resources you can start using at home with your kids.
Complete these 4 steps in preparation for this workshop:
- Identify a “mentoring couple” to run this event, along with additional mentoring couples to help with follow up. Make sure they have completed Training 101 and familiarize them with the topics within Parenting 101. These couples will be assigned to attendee couples after the workshop to complete the Parenting 101 series.
- Choose a date and time to offer the workshop. Schedule it over three Sunday mornings or as a 3-hour Saturday morning workshop.
- One month ahead of time, start promoting the class during your weekend services and on social media (see promo video). Be clear about how couples are to register for the class, whether by signing up in the lobby or by sending an email to the couple teaching the class.
- Have the lead couple send prep emails to couples who sign up (see samples below), one immediately after sign up and a second the week of the workshop.
Sample Email #1 (4 weeks out):
We’re so glad you signed up for our Parenting Workshop for kids! We want to help you thrive as parents as you work to raise kids who pursue God. In this workshop we’ll show you how to use the free resources at pursueGODkids.org to do that.
Our workshop is centered around Parenting 101 found at pursueGOD.org. Feel free to check it out before the class to familiarize yourself with the content. Here are the workshop details: (include date, time, location here)
See you soon!
Sample Email #2 (1 week out):
The Parenting Workshop for Kids is almost here! Don’t forget to check out Parenting 101 before the workshop. That’s what we’ll be covering together. Here are the workshop details:
(date, time, location here).
We look forward to seeing you!
Sample Email #3 (after the event):
Thanks for joining us at the Parenting workshop! We hope that the principles you learned are proving helpful to you. Parenting is challenging but it’s worth it! We believe the key to success is to create a conversational culture in your home where you can talk about anything with your kids. Your job is to help your kids discover God’s best for their life and empower them to take ownership of what they’re learning from the Bible. The earlier you establish this conversational culture, the better. Soon they’ll be teenagers, and the next topics will be even more life-changing!
We hope you’ll complete the Family 101 series with your kids in the weeks ahead, and then continue to cover topics and series from pursueGODkids.org. And don’t forget to finish Parenting 101 with your mentoring couple as well. Those additional topics will help you develop the skill of parenting kids who pursue God.
Got questions? Just ask – we want to be a resource for you in the months ahead. And if you’d like to help with our next parenting workshop, please let us know! We want to help more parents experience the joy of raising healthy kids.
Session 1: The Philosophy of FLEX Parenting
Learn why meaningful conversations can help your kids discover and own God’s truth in their lives. View this topic at pursueGOD.org.
- Check-in. Provide name tags for everyone.
- Welcome and opener: Have attenders introduce themselves and provide a brief overview of their family (number of kids, ages). Then ask these questions to the group and allow for some discussion. “What has proven most challenging to you so far in parenting? What do you hope to get from this class?”
- Explain the philosophy behind the PursueGOD resources. Something like this: “We believe that people grow and discover more through the process of having a conversation, rather than just hearing a lecture. That’s why our class is designed to be more interactive. The majority of the time will be spent having a conversation over each topic presented. This same idea shapes our view of parenting. Ultimately, we believe that the best thing you can do as parents is to establish a conversational culture in your home from the very beginning, where kids are able to discover the truth you’re trying to teach and are given space to take ownership of that in their own lives.”
- Explain the format of the class. We’ll discuss the first 3 topics found in the Parenting 101 series. We’ll watch the short video together and then we’ll use the questions provided to have a conversation.
- Topic 1: The Philosophy Behind FLEX Parenting. Watch the video together in the classroom and then cover the questions. Encourage the parents to pull up the topic on their phones. Remember that you are modeling a method, so resist the urge to answer the questions as the leader. Create a conversation with the group as you work through the most appropriate questions together.
- Close in prayer and encourage the parents to prepare for next week by watching the video for Topic 2.
Session 2: The 3 Principles of FLEX Parenting
Go into parenting with a new mindset, and use our tools to help your kids discover God’s truth. View this topic at pursueGOD.org.
- Welcome and opener. Start with this warm up question: “What’s one parenting skill (good or bad) that you learned from YOUR parents?”
- Summary of last week. Invite someone to recap the philosophy behind FLEX parenting.
- Topic #2: The 3 Principles of FLEX Parenting. Watch the video together in the classroom and then cover the questions. Encourage the parents to pull up the topic on their phones. Remember that you are modeling a method, so resist the urge to answer the questions as the leader. Create a conversation with the group as you work through the most appropriate questions together.
- Challenge the parents to cover Topic #1 from Family 101 with their kids this week and practice these 3 principles during the family conversation.
- Close in prayer.
Session 3: The Importance of Structure in the Home
Providing structure in the home keeps kids safe and parents sane. Here’s how to do it. View this topic at pursueGOD.org.
- Welcome and opener. Share about how the family conversation went last week. Was it easier or harder than they expected? What did they learn?
- Summary of last week. Invite someone to recap the 3 principles of FLEX parenting.
- Topic #3: The Importance of Structure. Watch the video together in the classroom and then cover the questions. Encourage the parents to pull up the topic on their phones. Remember that you are modeling a method, so resist the urge to answer the questions as the leader. Create a conversation with the group as you work through the most appropriate questions together.
- Challenge the parents to cover Topic #2 from Family 101 with their kids this week, and then continue to cover topics from the series and make it a weekly habit. When they are done with Family 101, challenge them to cover more topics and series from pursueGODkids.org.
- Assign couples to a mentoring couple (create small groups if needed) and encourage them to exchange contact information. Challenge couples to complete Parenting 101 with their new mentoring couple in the weeks ahead, and then continue to meet to cover additional parenting topics if needed.
Workshop follow up: Send out a follow up email (see above) to encourage parents to finish the Parenting 101 series with their mentoring couple and the Family 101 series with their kids. Then start thinking about your next Parenting Workshop, and consider training graduates of this workshop to become your next mentoring couples.