Workshop Objective: Cover the first 3 topics in our Parenting 201 series in a classroom setting and then connect attendees with a mentoring couple to finish the series and cover additional topics.
Overwhelmed with parenting your teens and not sure what to do? Good news! This workshop can help. Join us for a 3-session class to learn the philosophy behind the tools at pursueGOD.org and basic parenting principles that will help you to thrive as a parent and raise happy, healthy teens. Get helpful, free resources that you can start using at home with your teens.
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 201. These couples will be assigned to attendee couples after the workshop to complete the Parenting 201 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 teens! 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 pursueGOD.org to do that.
Our workshop is centered around Parenting 201 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 Teens is almost here! Don’t forget to check out Parenting 201 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 teens discover God’s best for their life and empower them to take ownership of what they’re learning from the Bible.
We hope you’ll complete the Family 201 series with your teens in the weeks ahead, and then continue to cover topics and series from pursueGOD.org. And don’t forget to finish Parenting 201 with your mentoring couple as well. Those additional topics will help you develop the skill of parenting teens 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 teens.
Session 1: The Philosophy of FLEX Parenting
Learn how our tools can help you to connect with your teens through meaningful conversations. 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 201 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
Learn 3 principles that will help you raise well adjusted teenagers who take ownership of their pursuit of God. 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 201 with their teens this week and practice these 3 principles during the family conversation.
- Close in prayer.
Session 3: The Four Keys to Raising Teens
Parenting teens is complicated. But learning these simple keys will help you to focus on the big picture. 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 Four Keys. 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 201 with their teens this week, and then continue to cover topics from the series and make it a weekly habit. When they are done with Family 201, challenge them to cover more topics and series from pursueGOD.org.
- Assign couples to a mentoring couple (create small groups if needed) and encourage them to exchange contact information. Challenge couples to complete Parenting 201 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 201 series with their mentoring couple and the Family 201 series with their teens. Then start thinking about your next Parenting Workshop, and consider training graduates of this workshop to become your next mentoring couples.