This Conference is designed to help Christians become better parents. In this day and age, there are challenges to parenting from all areas of life and we aim to encourage and equip Christians to cope those challenges. Come and hear to Dr Bruce Robinson share his knowledge and experience of parenting. There will also be seminar sessions focusing on different areas of parenting. Come along and be blessed!
Friday 25th August 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 26th August 8.30am – 3.15pm
Subi Church 260 Bagot Rd, Subiaco
$80 Full Conference
Creche will be available for children up to Primary School age for an extra $5 per child on Saturday 26th August.
Guest Speaker: Dr Bruce Robinson
Keynote 1: Three Vital Secrets of Successful Christian Parenting
Keynote 2: How to Make Christianity Attractive to Children Rather Than Irrelevant or Repulsive
Bruce Robinson is a doctor, author and one of Australia’s leading parenting speakers. He has given seminars on the topic of parenting to over 14,000 people in 6 countries over the past 15 years in schools, workplaces, churches and other community groups. He is the author of 3 best-selling books on fathering.
He founded The Fathering Project in response to statistics that show the most powerful but missing factor in reducing youth substance abuse and crime was a strong father or father-figure. Their seminars, DVDs & web tips have benefited over 50,000 father-figures and 100,000 children. He was selected as the 2013 Western Australian of the Year for this work.
In his work as a cancer specialist, Dr Bruce Robinson has had to tell hundreds of men that they only had a short time left to live. For too many of these men, regret was a key reaction – “I wish I had spent more time with my family/with my children”. Bruce realised that there was a need for fathers to, as he puts it, “learn to live richly at the front end so you don’t have regrets at the back end” – in other words, to learn how to build those relationships with the family and improve that work/life balance so that down the track they don’t wish things could have been different.
From these humble beginnings more than 20 years ago, Bruce’s plan to educate fathers on how to be better dads, known as The Fathering Project, has developed into seminars and presentations at schools, workplaces and community groups, reaching thousands of people in six different countries.
In 2013, Bruce was the recipient of the prestigious Western Australian of the Year Award for his advocacy of the benefits of good fathering and his establishment of the Fathering Project as well as for his ground-breaking cancer research, his volunteer work in medical clinics in rural Indonesia and his compassionate work in helping cancer patients and their doctors cope with the emotional demands of patients’ diagnosis and treatment.
He was an All-Australian Intervarsity footballer and coach and speaks five languages. He attends St Matthews and Providence churches. He is married to Jacqueline, and has 3 children.
SEMINAR & SPEAKERS
Navigating the Teenage Years (Friday 25th August)
The teenage years can be a quite challenge for parents. The teenager is no longer a child anymore. They are going through a period of intense growth, physically, emotionally and intellectually. They are finding their own identity apart from their parents. Many will also go through a period of questioning their faith. How can we navigate through these teenage years? How can our parenting change to adapt to our teenagers?
Jeremy and Gillian Dixon
Jeremy and Gillian have been married 30 years and have lived in Perth most of this time. They have 5 beautiful children and 1 brand new granddaughter. Gillian has been involved in pastoral ministry for nearly thirty years and is currently Dean of Students and Chaplain at Perth Bible College. Jeremy has a background in Christian Ministry and currently works as a building designer. He also likes to play guitar.
Parenting in a Technological Age
Technology has changed parenting. Children nowadays have access to the internet and social media via laptops, smartphones or tablets. They depend on it for their education, social interactions and entertainment. Porn is also easily accessible through the internet. How should parents view technology in the life of their children? How can we find the right balance between too much freedom or being too restrictive on their use of technology? What are some practical ways that we can teach and protect our children from the dark side of technology?
Steve grew up in Adelaide and moved to Sydney at 22. He became a Christian at 23 after reading Luke’s gospel, and has sought to explain the truth about Jesus to people ever since. After Bible College, Steve worked as a Youth Pastor in a large church among the young adults and youth before moving to Perth to work with Murdoch Christian Union in 2002. Steve is married to Melinda and they have 4 sons. He really enjoys a Thai Green Curry, soccer, movies, music, photography, technology and fonts. (Taken from AFES website)
The Heart of the Matter is the Matter of the Heart
All too often in our parenting, we focus on the outward behaviour of our children. We expect and discipline them in how to behave outwardly and unwittingly neglect shepherding their hearts. When that happens, problems lay unresolved at their roots. Because of that, the same issues repeatedly reappear in the lives of our children. In this session, Tracey will help us to get to the heart of the matter, which is the matter of the heart. Once we deal with the matter of the heart, our children will be better equipped to face the challenges of life.
Tracey serves as the Connect Ministry director at Subi Church, passionately welcoming and integrating people into Subi Church. She is also involved in MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) and the God-Empowered Wife course, supporting and helping women in their role as mothers and wives. She has two children. Her son Carson is studying at Bible college and looking to go into full time ministry work. Her daughter Paige recently became a mother.
Cross Cultural Parenting
Many parents immigrate to Perth from another country in search for a better future for their children. However, they soon face the issue of a cultural divide between themselves and their children. The parenting styles and the culture they grew up with in their own country is starkly different from the culture here in Australia. As Christians parents then, how can we apply biblical principles and navigate through these challenges? What are the distinguishing marks of Australian culture as compared to our culture back in our home countries? How can we deal with the differences in a godly way and raise our children relevantly?
Tony and Jessie Yap
Originally from Singapore, Tony and Jessie have lived in Australia for about 30 years. Tony teaches in a private Christian college while Jessie is a piano teacher and homemaker. They have three adult children who love the Lord and are actively serving in the worship ministry. Their two older children were six and four years old when they immigrated to Australia, while their youngest daughter was born in Perth. All three were educated in schools and universities here and are now working adults.
Many Christian families struggle in the area of family devotions. As parents, we know that we have the responsibility in teaching God’s Word to our children, but somehow, we struggle in doing it. Like evangelism, part of the reason for our struggle in this area is that we have not seen it modelled well in our own lives. The unintended result of that is that Christian parents leave the spiritual welfare of their children to Sunday schools or youth groups on the weekends. However, the biblical pattern is for the home to be the primary spiritual modelling and teaching of God’s Word. This seminar will equip you to begin doing that.
Ron was a student at University of Western Australia and the Bible College of South Australia. He was also a teacher in East Malaysia for several years and a Presbyterian minister in WA for 30 years. He is now retired but still preaches most Sundays. He has been associated with Overseas Christian Fellowship (OCF) for 40 years and is a former State Advisor for them. He is married to Mina (from Sarawak) and they have three adult children and six grandchildren.