Gospel parenting conference

Parenting is hard work!

Whether you are raising babies or teens, girls or boys, one or many, children or grandchildren, we know that it takes time and effort to be intentional in your parenting. This parenting conference will equip you to raise your kids well and on purpose.

Join us Friday, April 5 (6-9)and Saturday, April 6 (9-12:30)at Cedar Crest Baptist Church 

$15 per person - (early bird price $10 through 2/14) Registration Below 


SISSY GOFF, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP spends most of her days talking with girls and their families, with the help of her counseling assistant/pet therapist, Lucy the Havanese.  She has worked as the Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee since 1993, with a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Sissy speaks to parents across the country and is the author of nine books including Raising Girls. Sissy is a regular contributor to various podcasts and publications and recently released a podcast with David and Melissa based on their newest book, Are My Kids on Track. You can follow her on social media at raisingboysandgirls and catch the latest Technology Tuesday’s and parenting resources on her blog at www.raisingboysandgirls.com


DAVID THOMAS, LMSW is the Director of Family Counseling at Daystar Counselingin Nashville, TN, the co-author of eight books, including the best-selling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys, a frequent guest on national television and podcasts, has been featured in publications like USA Today, and speaks across the country.  His newest book is Are My Kids on Track? The 12 Emotional, Social & Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach. David recently released a podcast with Sissy and Melissa, based on the same book.  He and his wife, Connie, have a daughter, twin sons and a feisty yellow lab named Owen.  You can follow him on social media at raisingboysandgirls and catch the latest Technology Tuesday’s and parenting resources on his blog at www.raisingboysandgirls.com.

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Conference Schedule

Friday, April 5

6-8:30pm     RAISING BOYS AND GIRLS    (Large group)

David helps you understand and explore the hearts, minds and ways of boys and the vital role we play on the journey from boy to manhood. Sissy dives into the heart of girls to help adults understand the different stages of development for girls: what is normal, what is not, and how to relate effectively. They will help you learn what it means to call out the unique identity of the kids you love. The class is filled with practical tips and suggestions. You will receive fresh insight and much-needed encouragement for the road of raising boys and girls. Raising Boys and Girls will free you to parent & lead with more life and love. 

Saturday, April 6

9:00 – 10:00 am         Breakout options (You Choose One)


Taught by David  Thomas

According to the statistics, we are the most addicted, in-debt, depressed, obese population in U.S. history.  We go to great lengths to avoid, deny, medicate or suppress emotions.  This country is full of adults who never learned how to navigate their emotions in a constructive way.  What would it look like to raise a generation of emotionally and spiritually healthy children?   

This workshop will focus on understanding the emotional development of children.  We’ll identify three important emotional milestones for kids to hit as they develop, and the ingredients for helping them reach them.  We will explore the role of temperament in nurturing kids emotionally.  Parents and educators will be introduced to practical ideas for furthering a child’s emotional development.  


Taught by Sissy Goff

How was your day?                           Fine. 

What'd you do in school today?      Nothing. 

Countless parents of teenagers tell us it feels as if someone took their child, in the middle of the night, and replaced them with an alien who looks identical. If you have a child nearing the teenage years, or in the midst of them, you've already had this conversation...probably countless times.  How do you get past it?  How do you help them navigate the teenage years when they keep shutting the door as soon as you walk upstairs?  How do you connect with them in a way that enables you to really connect with them in these last few years you have left?  This class offers a paradigm shift for parents.  You will leave this class equipped with: 

*ways to get past the one word answers

*ideas of how to connect, even when they seem disinterested 

*discipline and responsibility strategies that mature as your child does 


The Back Door to Your Teen's Heart is, we believe, a disarming approach to find your way back to the child you used to know, and draw out and even enjoy who they are becoming.  Join us for this time to talk, laugh and encourage each other on this tumultuous journey of raising teens.

10:30 – 12:00 pm  INTENTIONAL PARENTING    (Large Group)

"I just don't know any more options to try in terms of discipline." "I am afraid I lost it with my son last night." "How am I supposed to find time to enjoy them when we're just so busy?" "Most parenting books I read just leave me feeling really overwhelmed." 

Being a free parent.  Parent out of love and not out of fear. Spending real time-connected, engaged time with your son or daughter with no iphones, ipads, or ianything in between.  These are a few of the ideas we talk about in this seminar.  It is one born out of countless conversations we have had with parents over the years...conversations where they're wanting to talk about how to be more consistent, patient, connected, balanced, free...in a word more intentional with their children of all ages.  This seminar is our response.  In it, we give specific ideas on:

*being a consistent parent 

*being a patient parent 

*being a connected parent 

*being a balanced parent 

*and, finally, what it looks like to be free. 

Regardless of their age, your children look to you to help them discover who you are.  This time will help you do just that.  You are growing right alongside them.  Our hope is that you will leave this seminar refreshed with humor, truth and grace and more confident to parent with all of the love, mercy and intentionality with which God continues to parent you. Understanding you. Understanding your child.

12:00 – 12:30pm   Q&A  (Large Group)

Your chance to ask any burning questions as we close the conference.