Parenting Seminar

GPS Faith: Raising Children in a Technological World

Saturday, February 9, 10:00-1:30
$10 per family (includes lunch for adults and childcare for ages 3-10)

This seminar is for ALL parents and family members who desire to learn more about shepherding the heart through the use of technology.

Guest speaker Walter Surdacki will lead sessions on:

  • What is technology doing to us? This session will focus on the following questions: How are kids using technology? What are some of the spiritual needs tech seems to meet in the lives of adolescents? How is technology changing kids? What are the main problems our kids face with technology?

  • Tools and Resources: This session gets down to the nuts and bolts by giving parents a number to websites, equipment, etc. that they need to be aware of. It also gives them practices they can put into place that will help guide their students towards God.

The following breakout sessions will be offered, with each person choosing two breakouts to attend:

  • Seasoned Parents: Hear from two sets of seasoned parents from our Bammel family in a round table type discussion. These parents are willing to share their experience and wisdom with you, focusing on some pre-set questions and opening later to questions from the group.

  • The Theology of Technology: Guest speaker Walter Surdacki will lead a smaller session that gives parents language to think theologically about how to approach technology. This session gives ten different concepts to help you parent your child closer to God with their use of technology. It also helps give a more satisfactory "Why?" to some of the limitations we might need to put into place for your child's tech use.

  • Crime Stoppers: Jenna McGaw from Crime Stoppers will present a session focusing on three main factors - equipping with information (what's out there), prevention, and protection (how to protect against what predators are looking for online). Jenna will present practical tools to help keep our kids safe.

GUEST SPEAKER: WALTER SURDACKI   Associate Professor at Lipscomb University   Walter teaches various Youth Ministry and practical ministry courses. He completed his undergrad studies at the Institute for Christian Studies (B.A., 1990), and graduate studies at Pepperdine University (M.S. in Ministry, 1992) and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1996 and D.Min. in Youth and Family Ministry, 2006). He has served in full time ministry for over 16 years working at the Torrance Church of Christ, Malibu Church of Christ and Campbell Church of Christ. Walter and his wife, Amy, have two daughters, Madeline and Abby.

GUEST SPEAKER:
WALTER SURDACKI

Associate Professor at Lipscomb University

Walter teaches various Youth Ministry and practical ministry courses. He completed his undergrad studies at the Institute for Christian Studies (B.A., 1990), and graduate studies at Pepperdine University (M.S. in Ministry, 1992) and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1996 and D.Min. in Youth and Family Ministry, 2006). He has served in full time ministry for over 16 years working at the Torrance Church of Christ, Malibu Church of Christ and Campbell Church of Christ. Walter and his wife, Amy, have two daughters, Madeline and Abby.