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You, as a parent, are incredibly unique, and that’s how God made you.

However, the situation you are in today as a parent is not unique. Someone else is, or has been, through the same struggles that you are going through.

When we experience those fiercely exhausting moments we need healthy, transparent, and authentic connection! We need someone to talk to and connect with. However, as a parent there are times we don't feel equipped to connect with others. Especially to the parents down the street who appear to have it all together. 

At Pleasant Valley, one of our values is seeing families strengthened. To better equip parents to lead their families in an increasingly difficult context, PV is hosting a Parent Summit on September 9, 2017. The Parent Summit will bring national speakers to PV to help parents grow in raising their children. Whether you are a parent or are thinking about becoming a parent, this conference is for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session One - 9:45am


“What Should I Know When Virtual Is My Reality?” (Social Media and My Child)

Craig Jutila

 Parents learn how to navigate social media with their older children and teens and how to parent when difficulty arises. In this breakout, we will cover ways to protect your child online, how to set digital boundaries, and why we must keep communication open. This is a subject most parents don’t want to hear but need to.


“Disciplining Without Guilt”

Velda McKenzie

 “Am I being too strict or have I been too permissive?” In this session we will learn how to shift from fear to love-the secret to being firm but fair, help our children be successful with chores, homework, bedtime and more; how to deal with “I don’t care” and “You can’t make me”.

 

“Creating Margin in Busy, Stressed Out, Activity-Driven Families”

Dr. John Mark Yeats

 Does your family calendar stress you out just looking at it? Chances are it probably stresses your kids out also. Do you wonder how your family misses engaging in church life for long periods of time? In this session, we will look at how you can be engaged with sports and activities but also be engaged in your church community without burning your whole family out.


“Hope, Encouragement, and Purpose In The Grandparenting Phase”

Grandparenting Panel

 Doesn’t there have to be more to grandparenting than just spoiling your grandkids? In this panel of PV Grandparents, we will talk through challenges in grandparenting when you have to step in and parent your grandchildren, how you can be a “dispenser of grace” that points your grandchildren to Jesus, and how you can be the chief encourager to your own adult children as they parent in a tough culture.


“Your Influence in Parenting”

Heather O’Keefe

Parenting is tough, our lives are so busy, and it is easy to get overwhelmed by parenting. This session will equip you to be successful through all phases of your child’s development. We will talk about how to invite others to invest in your children to help shape and determine the direction of their lives, how to create a culture of unconditional love to fuel the emotional and moral health of your children, and how to tap into the power of quality moments together, to build a sense of purpose through everyday experiences.


“Rite of Passage Parenting in the Elementary Phase”

Walker Moore

 What if we stopped thinking about raising kids and shifted to focusing on what it takes to raise adults? Raising adults cannot wait until they leave after high school. In this session, Walker will talk about how to create a culture in your home that gives your elementary children “significant tasks” that can prepare them to be responsible and have a big view of the God that created them.

“Parenting in the Middle School Phase”

Casey Kapple

What happened to your sweet 5th grader? What is happening in the mind and body of my middle school student? Parenting a Middle School student is an adventure like no other-everything seems to be a crisis and you constantly feel behind on what is going on. In this session, we will talk about the unique phase of Middle School, what is different about it, how to engage it, and how you can thrive in it.

 

“Parenting in the High School Phase”

Dan Roye

The season of driver’s licenses, homecoming dances, job responsibilities, GPA, scholarships, proms, and “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. Your child is moving towards adulthood and wants adult privileges but has a hard time making adult decisions. They need you in a different way than ever before. In this session, we will unpack the High School phase and how you can intentionally help your high schooler connect their passions and gifts to a larger Kingdom mindset.

Session Two - 11:00AM

 

“10 Steps to Positive Parenting”

Velda McKenzie

 We tend to parent as we were parented. In this session we will learn strategies to reduce power struggles, stop bribing and policing children, and to communicate effectively so kids listen and learn conflict resolution skills.

 

“Creating Margin in Busy, Stressed Out, Activity-Driven Families”

Dr. John Mark Yeats

 Does your family calendar stress you out just looking at it? Chances are it probably stresses your kids out also. Do you wonder how your family misses engaging in church life for long periods of time? In this session, we will look at how you can be engaged with sports and activities but also be engaged in your church community without burning your whole family out.

 

“Resourcing the Post-Adoption or Post-Foster Placement Family”

Greg and Wendi Frohna

 In this session, we will look at resources and tools to help families adjust to new rhythms in the post-adoption or post-foster placement season of family life. Bringing a new family member into your existing family is always an adjustment and we want to come alongside and resource you in this important time.

 

“Financial Planning For Families With Children That Have Special Needs”

Kacy Seitz and Christy Anderson

How do you plan for children, students, or even adult children that have special needs? In this session we will talk about the importance of a Letter of Intent, Social Security, Guardianship, Special Needs Trusts and the ABLE Act and how to maximize and protect benefits in the context of understanding that planning for a child with special needs is different both legally and financially.

 

“Your Influence in Parenting”

Heather O’Keefe

Parenting is tough, our lives are so busy, and it is easy to get overwhelmed by parenting. This session will equip you to be successful through all phases of your child’s development. We will talk about how to invite others to invest in your children to help shape and determine the direction of their lives, how to create a culture of unconditional love to fuel the emotional and moral health of your children, and how to tap into the power of quality moments together, to build a sense of purpose through everyday experiences.

 

“Rite of Passage Parenting in the Middle School Phase”

Walker Moore

What if we stopped thinking about raising kids and shifted to focusing on what it takes to raise adults? Raising adults cannot wait until they leave after high school. In this session, Walker will talk about how to create a culture in your home that gives your middle school student “significant tasks” that can prepare them to be responsible and have a big view of the God that created them.

 

“Parenting in the Middle School Phase”

Casey Kapple

 What happened to your sweet 5th grader? What is happening in the mind and body of my middle school student? Parenting a Middle School student is an adventure like no other-everything seems to be a crisis and you constantly feel behind on what is going on. In this session, we will talk about the unique phase of Middle School, what is different about it, how to engage it, and how you can thrive in it.

 

“Parenting in the High School Phase”

Dan Roye

The season of driver’s licenses, homecoming dances, job responsibilities, GPA, scholarships, proms, and “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. Your child is moving towards adulthood and wants adult privileges but has a hard time making adult decisions. They need you in a different way than ever before. In this session, we will unpack the High School phase and how you can intentionally help your high schooler connect their passions and gifts to a larger Kingdom mindset.

 

 

Craig Jutila

President, Empowered Living

Craig is a passionate and nationally known communicator, author, and blogger. He is the president of Empowered Living with a mission to “Empower leaders and their families for life!”

His passion is to encourage, equip and empower others to enjoy their journey through life. In his most recent book, “Faith and The Modern Family,” Through humorous stories and relevant application Craig encourages parents to make a difference in and with their modern family.

He has served as a Pastor at two churches, most recently with Saddleback Church where he served for 13 years as both Children’s Pastor and Teaching Pastor. He was voted by Group Magazine as one of the Pioneers of the Decade for his work in Children's Ministry and one of the top 20 influencers in Family Ministry. He has authored and co-authored several books and articles and is a sought after communicator on family, parenting and leadership.

Craig and his wife Mary in their book, “From Hectic to Healthy: The Journey to a Balance Life,” share their story of a life lived out of balance and how they had to fight to find the right seasonal pace for their life and family. Their book became a Regal best seller in it’s first 6 months and they have appeared on several radio and TV shows highlighting their story. 

 

Kacy Seitz

Northwestern Mutual

 

Kacy is the mother of Hudsyn. Hudsyn went without oxygen at birth and the result was a traumatic brain injury that has left her with many challenges.“My daughter, Hudsyn, has inspired me to be an expert in my field with an emphasis on helping special needs families. As a parent to a child with special needs, I understand the mentality of living one day at a time. While this approach may be necessary when it comes to your child's health, it falls short when it comes to providing a financially secure future and desired quality of life. This brief presentation helps parents, guardians and family members to better understand the planning which our children may need during all stages of life.”


 

Velda McKenzie

Certified Instructor | Conscious Discipline

Velda  McKenzie is a wife, mother, grandmother and a 32 year veteran of the public school classroom.

Her professional experiences include teaching physical education, pre-school for Children's Therapy School, fifth grade summer school science and reading recovery. After retiring Velda taught phyical education at a private catholic school. Velda has been recognized as Columbia Teacher of the Year (1973), Wal-mart Teacher of the Year (2000) and Mexico Missouri Teacher of the Year (2004) and recipient of Pioneer In Education Award. Since retirement Velda has developed and implemented an after school program in her home town of Centralia, Mo. averaging 85 - 90 children a day.

 


Heather O’Keefe

LifeKids Pastor | Life Church, Overland Park

 

As the Overland Park LifeKids Pastor, Heather oversees the LifeKids ministry for one of Life Church's 27 campuses.

Over the last six years, she’s served on two different campus, and she loves equipping staff and volunteers with training, resources, and easy-to-implement curriculum so they can fulfill the LifeKids mission of “partnering with parents to lead kids to become fully devoted followers of Christ."

 


 

Dan Roye

Pastor, Living Stones Community Church | Blue Springs, MO.

 

Dan grew up in a Pastor’s home in Texas, but spent some of his childhood living in Alaska and Washington state.

Dan is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO. He and his wife Jana have lived in Blue Springs since 1987. Over the last 25 years, Dan has led worship and/or spoken at numerous camps, retreats & revivals and served on the Executive Staff of T.H.E.E. Camp Ministries. He presently serves on the Executive Staff for Camp Revolution. Dan and Jana, have four children, Caleb, Levi, Easton, and Gabe. Along with people Dan loves Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, Texas Longhorns and Good Food!


 

 

 

Casey Kapple

Pastor | Emmanuel Baptist Church, Overland Park, Kansas

 

Casey serves as the pastor to youth and senior adults at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Overland Park, KS.

He has been discipling teenagers and building relationships with senior adults since he was in high school. He continues to reach and teach the next generation and finds great value and wisdom from the previous one. Casey went to Kansas State University and taught middle school science for 2 years before getting an MA in ministry through Heartland’s apprenticeship seminary. Casey has served in full time ministry on both church and para-church staff since 1997 and is a 3rd generation youth worker. He has sound leadership experience and is a creative visionary and communicator for effective youth leadership development. Casey has a huge heart for reaching kids and parents with the truth of God’s love in Jesus.


 

 

 

Walker Moore

Founder & President, Awestar Ministries

 

Walker is the founder and president of Awestar Ministries in Tulsa, OK.

For over thirty-five years, Walker has challenged students to follow the will and the Word of God as they embrace the lifestyle of a missionary. He and his wife Cathy,  have two married sons, Jeremiah and Caleb, and two grandsons, Titus & Cohen.  Walker’s popular “Rite of Passage Parenting” column has appeared weekly in the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger for the past 20 years. He is also the author of Rite of Passage Parenting: Four Essential Experiences to Equip Your Kids for Life (book and workbook, Nelson Books, 2007) and Escape the Lie: Journey to Freedom from the Orphan Heart (Randall House, 2014). The deep desire of his heart is to raise up the last missionary who will usher in the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


 

 

 

 

 

Dr. John Mark Yeats

Dean, Midwestern College

 

Dr. John Mark Yeats serves as both the undergraduate dean and an associate professor of church history at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College. He earned his Ph.D. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and also holds degrees from Southern Seminary, Oxford University, and Criswell College.

Yeats has authored three books — Franchising McChurch: Feeding our Obsession with Easy Christianity; The Time is Come: The Rise of British Missions to the Jews, 1808-1818; and Worldviews: Think for Yourself about How We See God — and has contributed articles to multiple journals as well as the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. John Mark is married to Angie, and they have four children: Briley, Sean, Cadie, and Jackson.