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Parenting Conferences by Eddie Watford

Whispers of Hope Parenting Conferences

"Breaking the Cycle"

Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? I Thess 3:10

  

 

 

  The Youth Exodus

 


59%  of 18-29 year olds who were once active in church have dropped out of church at one time.

 32%  of  Millennial’s have no religious affiliation.

50%   of 18-29 year olds are less active in church than they were when they were 15 years old.

 

 

 

Parents and churches do not need statistics to tell us what we already know. Young people who are leaving church and turning their backs on what they have been taught has reached epidemic proportions.

Many parents are doing all they can to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Churches are doing everything they can to try to help young people serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Is it too late to break this trend of the youth exodus? Is there anything that parents  can do?

 

Parenting Skills

 

Children are not born with an instruction tag like an article of clothing.  Most parents are just trying to figure it out as they go; they are doing the best they can with the knowledge they have.  The problem many parents face is that no one ever taught them how to parent. As one pastor said, “My parenting skills consisted of taking my kids to church, doing my best to keep them from worldly influences,  a family altar, and trying to live right in front of them.”  One parent stated, “I raised my kids the way I was raised. If it was good enough for me then it is good enough for them”.  While others share another viewpoint. “I do not want to raise my children the way I was raised”, said another parent, “I want my children to have a better childhood than I had”

 

Most parents have only been taught to parent through the personal experiences of their upbringing and the very fundamentals of child rearing.  The bible says much more.

 

Conference Topics

 The importance of biblical relationships in the family

The importance of biblical roles in the family

The importance of biblically raising children

The importance of living a biblically rich (abundant) life.

The importance of realizing your children are moral free agents

The importance of not reliving your childhood (Breaking the Cycle)

 

 What to Expect!

 

Expect topics to be presented in a positive and encouraging way. The purpose of the conference is to help parents not hurt them.

 Expect to have fun. The goal is to have some fun while getting biblical help and learning parenting skills.

 Expect to get help!

 

What not to Expect!

 Do not expect everything in your family to change during one conference; change takes time.

 Do not expect to be told what to do .

The goal is to give parents the skills and the knowledge they need to make biblical decisions and the best decisions for their family. No one can lead your home except the one God ordains to do so!

 

 

Whispers of Hope Ministries

Brother Eddie Watford began ministering to troubled teens almost immediately after his salvation.  For over ten years he and Sister Cammie Watford worked with Juvenile Delinquents placed in group homes by the State. These young people were usually between the ages of 13 and 18. While he dealt with his fair share of “street kids”, he learned that many of the teens were raised by Christian parents and attended Independent Baptist Churches.  These teens could quote scripture and had a knowledge of fundamental doctrines. Brother Watford could see the pain in the eyes of these young people who never imagined that they would ever be incarcerated. In church after church that he  visited he was approached by broken hearted parents who didn’t know what to do with their teens.  Brother Watford could not get away from the pain he saw in all those faces.

 

 Most recently Brother Watford has been working with young offenders in Turbeville Correctional Institute. Many of  the inmates are teens who have been sentenced as adults.

 

 

 Contact

 

Whispers of Hope

Brother Eddie Watford

Phone: 843-332-0270

E-mail:  whsprsofhope@aol.com

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