Alpha Tips: Parenting Courses Overview
There are so many families in our church and wider community who are stressed and struggling. I heard there are new courses available for parents. Can you tell me more? Could we offer this course after Alpha?
Yes to both. You are right. Family ministry is a hot topic in the church today. Churches are perfectly poised to reach out and minister to marriages and families - both within their church walls as well as the broader community. Consider these troubling statistics:
- Divorce rates for Christians show statistically identical results to the overall population. Barna Research
- The marriage rate is on a steady decline: a 50% drop since 1970. US News Report
- The US has the lowest percentage among Western nations of children who grow up with both biological parents, 63%. US News Report
Many churches that have begun to offer the Parenting Courses comment that they see some parents come to the course either after or before going on an Alpha course.
Together we can reverse the trend
The Parenting Children (0-10 years old) and The Parenting Teenagers course (11-18 years old) are designed for all parents or care givers of children. Drawing on their own experience of bringing up four children and having talked to thousands of parents over the years on their parenting courses, Nicky and Sila Lee bring fresh insights and time-tested values to the task of parenting. Full of valuable advice and practical tips, The Parenting Course and book are a resource for parents to come back to again and again.
These courses will be familiar to those who have done an Alpha course in that it combines a meal, a talk and then small group discussion. The talk can be done either using the DVD or a live speaker. There is a robust audio visual component using interviews with parents and parenting experts intermingled in the content topic for each week.
By ordering a course Kit you will get everything you need for 5 couples, including the Leaders Guides which will walk you through every logistical stage of starting a course.
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Preview The Parenting Children video here
Preview The Parenting Teenagers video here