This Day Forward - BC Marriage and Family Conference

February 22-23, 2019

Abbotsford, BC

Christian Life Community Church

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Workshop Descriptions


Feb 22, 2019

ELECTIVES for Workshop ONE
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Seasons of Marriage

Neil & Sharol Josephson

Neil and Sharol will help couples to identify what “season of marriage” they are in. They will outline five practical strategies to assist couples in enriching their relationship. Couples will learn principles and be given practical tools to invest in the marriages in their community. Regardless of how long a couple has been married, every marriage can benefit from this inspiring talk.

The Joys and Challenges of Blended Marriage

Bob & Denise Dobson

Stepfamilies are often left to travel a difficult road without clear directions. This workshop addresses common challenges faced by remarried couples. You will discover fundamental steps not only to survive, but to thrive through building strength into your blended family relationship.


Feb 23, 2019

ELECTIVES for Workshop ONE
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Economics Rules for Raising Children

Dr. Doug Allen

Economics rests on the idea that all individuals are selfish and greedy. Dr. Allen takes this idea, and based on his research and personal experience in raising three children, shares some “rules” for raising successful children.

Intentional Spiritual Grand Parenting

Bob & Denise Dobson

“Grandparent” is a verb. Catch a biblical vision of the place and purpose of grandparents. Research reveals that grandparents have a large influence on the faith of their grandchildren. Your intentional presence can help to pass on faith to future generations! There’s a good chance this workshop will change the way you think and how you operate as a grandparent. You will walk away with action steps that will truly make a difference in your family and church.

Teen Moods: Ups and Downs of Adolescence

Dr. Bill Hamilton

Adolescence is a mixed bag of experiences, hormones, and changes. So much is going on at one time. Beyond the changes, society is seeing mood concerns with our teens more now than ever, both with anxiety and depression. Why is this? What should we look for? What can be done about it? How is social media feeding into mood concerns? Join us as we unpack adolescence, mood, and the societal shifts that are underpinning this upswing in mood disorders.

Trust-Based Relational Intervention: Parenting Kids from Hard Places

Wendy Kittlitz

Based on the book, The Connected Child, by Dr. Karyn Purvis, TBRI is a program that helps parents understand how to parent therapeutically when a child has experienced trauma. This is especially intended for those parenting via fostering or adoption. At an introductory level, we will discuss the things that have impacted these kiddos before they came to your home, how to deal with challenging emotions and acting out behaviours you may be encountering and give you some new tools to understand and connect with your child in a way that is effective and meets their unique and specific needs.

ELECTIVES for Workshop TWO
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

A Key Ingredient for Parenting: Your Marriage

Jim & Maureen Lucas

Your marriage is important in shaping healthy children. Parents model for their children what it means to be committed to loving one another. This not only provides security for children in the family relationship, it sets the next generation up with helpful expectations of what it takes to be in long lasting-relationships. Learn practical tips for modelling a healthy marriage.

Parenting in a Virtual Saturated World – #lifeonline

Jason Krause

We are living in a world where more and more of life is being lived in front of a screen. With all the information at our fingertips and more of people’s social life being done over the Internet, we need to address how to parent in today’s world. What is the reality of the changes being made in the computer world? How do we allow for this reality in our children’s life? And how do we bring wisdom into this setting? Let’s spend some time digging into the reality of our children growing up in our society with its rapidly advancing technology.

Protecting Children in a Pornographic World

Bryan Petkau

Bryan will explore the reality that adult content is available at children’s fingertips every day and discuss the tools available to help protect against exposure. He will highlight the impact of early pornographic exposure and how addiction can result. Bryan will also discuss grooming (online predators attempting to convert online contact into live meetings) and ways to help protect against it. This workshop will include 5 things parents can do right now to protect their children. Resource handouts will be provided.

Your kid loves Jesus and you helped!

Neal & June Black

You’re busy! They’re growing up so fast! Can’t you outsource their spiritual development: church, Christian school, somebody… anybody?!? To use a former Home Depot line: You can do it, we can help. Learn how.

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Discipline That Connects with your child’s heart

Mike & Karen Woodard

What kids learn when they are disciplined will last a lifetime. But well-intentioned parents often miss their kids’ hearts during discipline. Instead of building the wisdom and respect they hoped for, parents can inadvertently build discouragement and resentment which drives their kids to misbehave more. Four key perspectives/principles will be presented to help you enjoy shaping your child’s actions and heart.

Stepparenting: In Their Shoes – Understanding a Child’s Perspective

Bob & Denise Dobson

The stepparent role is often met with resistance. Anger, attitude, and annoyance may come from children who are coping with a new reality. The heartache resulting from this dynamic can test relationships at their core. This session will provide perspective and tools for understanding this resistance from a stepchild, with an aim to make their journey less difficult.

Talking to Your Kids: Sexuality and Gender Identity

Jon Mair

You will hear a Biblical understanding of sexuality and how to navigate difficult discussions with children of all ages related to sexuality and gender identity. Jon will share his firsthand experience with same gender attraction, pornography and his struggle to make sense of his thoughts and feelings. In today’s culture the push for tolerance and acceptance of non-traditional gender and sexuality makes it challenging to raise kids with a Biblical worldview. Jon will discuss the importance of creating open lines of conversation so kids will feel comfortable talking about any subject.

What Your Adult Child Isn’t Telling You

Neal Black & Mindy Black (Father & Daughter)

Come enjoy the banter and stories as this father-daughter duo unpacks the wisdom they’ve gained from doing family together. They’ll share some of the boundaries that keep their relationship healthy. You’ll learn how to stay engaged in your adult children’s lives so you can experience the laughter and struggles together for years to come.