Parent University

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The First Academy created Parent University to help our families navigate this journey of parenthood.

Parent University provides courses to empower and equip parents with resources to raise children as Christian leaders. We invite you to join us as we grow and learn together from special speakers and group sessions.

Course Summaries

Courses cover a variety of topics and can be anywhere from one to twelve sessions. Most courses happen once or twice annually.

Digital Native Series

Director Matt Eggert
The Digital Native Series is a five part cumulative series that walks families through how their students interact and see technology, and how you can plan for it within your household.

  • Session I – Empathy: All to often as parents, we are problem solving, instead of dissecting and understanding the root problem (Media and the “New Moral Code” being marketed to your children. In order to be successful in Shepherding the Heart, we need to dissect what the enemy is planning and executing before we administer the solution.
  • Session II – Help and Why: We introduce the foundational concepts of being a Tech Wise Family and explore the consequences of “looking the other way” both psychologically and chemically in the brain.
  • Session III – Planning: Every great plan has either a mission statement and/or guiding principles to lead them to success. We explore defining these while building a “moral warehouse” for your children to understand the “why” we don’t do these behaviors with technology. In addition, we dissect the “Difficult Conversation” tool to use in your home with your child when you run into obstacles.
  • Session IV – Growing: After we have the guiding principles implemented for tech wise families, we now look for ways to better our lives as a family with technology. Creating family “habits” is essential for long term success and to keep the family strong at the core.
  • Session V – Future: Dissecting the research done by the Barna Group about the state of our nation and “The Porn Phenomenon.” How can we solidify our families so we don’t fall pray to these behaviors and what can we do if we’re too late.

Enneagram Training

Dr. Shayne Grove
The Christian Perspective Enneagram training is a toolbox which explains how the different drivers of personality work, and how the coping strategies (personalities) which we develop in response to those play out in practice. It can, therefore, increase overall levels of emotional intelligence because it enables us to better understand how and why others see the world differently from us. This leads to empathy, compassion, greater acceptance of others. Utilizing the Enneagram from a source that is operating from a Christian worldview, we will learn what the 9 Enneagram personality types are, and how Christians can benefit from it without adopting non-Christian ideas. We will use a Christian perspective in identifying the root sin of each type, and how God can redeem that sin into a beautiful gift. Learn how to use the Enneagram as a tool to connect to Jesus, to others, and to God’s Truth.

Raise to Release

Pastor Victor Flores

Psalm 127:4
“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.”

The Biblical imagery of children as arrows is not the typical view we have of our children. After all, an arrow is an offensive weapon designed to hit and penetrate its intended target. What does the psalmist mean then when he writes that children are “like arrows in the hand of a warrior?” If we parents are indeed warriors, how then do we raise our arrow-children in such a way that they will, through their Gospel-saturated lives, make the most impact for the gospel of Christ? In “Raise to Release,” Victor and Esther Flores invite readers to consider the implication the imagery of children as arrows has on parenting, world evangelism, and the glory of God. Their prayer is to awaken parent-warriors that will build their homes with a clear target, a focused aim, and arrow-children who are shaped and released to have an eternal impact for the fame of our King!

Royal Dads Breakfast: A Call To Lead

Pastor Victor Flores
What does it mean to be the “spiritual head” of a family? The role of a Dad in the Bible starts with leadership. Leadership simply means influence. Therefore, a biblically-based dad should influence his family. He should exemplify, with words and actions, attributes that bring glory to God and value to the family. He’s tuned in to his family’s needs and concerned for their spiritual growth and welfare. He provides physical support, grace, and encouragement. This means our leadership focus is one of love and self-sacrifice.

Tech Wise Product Demos

Director Matt Eggert
As parents we know we need to be smart and savvy about our children’s use of technology. One of the biggest hurdles is knowing which tech products will assist parents in monitoring and limiting technology. Need help with this too? Join Matt Eggert and fellow tech wise parents as he provides demonstrations of technology products to help parents with your ‘tech wise’ needs.

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