Raising Big-Picture Kids
December 13, 7-8:30 pm
Register online
Mark and Jan Foreman explain how parents can discover God-given gifts and abilities in their children. They share stories about how they challenged their children to embrace what is good and embark on the journey God had for them. Through spending intentional and creative time with their children, Mark and Jan say parents can play a pivotal role in cultivating big-picture kids.

Mark and Jan Foreman have been married for over 43 years. They have co-authored the book Never Say No: Raising Big-Picture Kids. They’re parents to two grown sons—Jon and Tim—who are part of the band Switchfoot. They reside in Cardiff, California. Mark and Jan’s joys are their three grandkids, surfing, traveling to underprivileged parts of the world, and discovering partners and fellow believers who want to see the world transformed.

When to Slow Down and Be Fully Present with God & Family
January 10, 8-8:30 pm
We live in a fast-paced and distracting world, which makes it difficult for families to spend quality time with one another. Matt and Julie Canlis understand this and have worked to be intentional in their own family to find practical ways to be fully present with each other and their children. This dynamic and wise couple bring a timely challenge to engage and be present. You’ll be challenged to begin a journey of being present with your children, despite the busyness constantly pulling for your attention.

Matt Canlis is an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland, and currently serves at Trinity Church in Wenatchee, WA. Julie Canlis currently teaches at Whitworth University in their Theology MA program.

2018 Parent’s Summit
Saturday, February 24 // 9 am-4:30 pm
Join us for all or part of this live simulcast event. It’s designed to encourage and equip parents of all life stages.
Speakers and topics are still being added to the agenda. So far, the speakers featured at this year’s Summit include:

  • Josh Straub, author of the book “Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well.”
  • Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author of “Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely.”
  • Ron Deal, author of the books The Smart Stepfamily and The Smart Stepfamily Marriage.
  • Natasha Crain, author of the blog Christian Mom Thoughts, focuses on helping parents understand the evidence that supports their faith.

For the latest list of speakers and other details, go to

A Discussion Group for Parents of Blended Families
This group meets every other Sunday from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm at Brader Way. Meeting dates through the end of 2017 are October 22, November 5, November 19, December 3 and December 17. The group is watching and discussing “The Smart Stepfamily Marriage” DVD by Ron Deal and David Olson. All are welcome; no registration necessary. If you have questions, contact Steve Rodgers.


Parenting Beyond Your Capacity – Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof
Spiritual Parenting – Michelle Anthony
Grace-Based Parenting –  Tim Kimmel
Parenting Your Adult Child – Ross Campbell and Gary Chapman
Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital Media World  – Art Bamford, Brad Griffin, Kara Powell


Fuller Youth Institute — exists to help parents and church leaders equip teenagers with lifelong faith. The institute does this by turning research into resources. The institute publishes the books Sticky Faith, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, and Can I Ask That?


If you have suggestions of additional resources that you think would benefit parents, please email Steve Rodgers.

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