Parent University

How many times have you wanted a personal guide to parenting? Parent University Logo - Character - Wisdom - Service - Participation
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.

Guest Speaker Series

Each year The First Academy brings in subject area experts to educate our parents and employees. One eye-opening favorite is Social Media Attorney Lori Smith, who helps parents navigate the pitfalls of social media, and the lasting effects with students.

Beyond Colorblind

Marci Chavalas
The Beyond Colorblind Toolkit is designed to disciple students into conversations that will transform their campus as they learn to share the Gospel through their family/ethnic stories. Integrating evangelism, discipleship, and reconciliation, the Beyond Colorblind Toolkit will equip you and your children to articulate how God is redeeming what is broken and highlighting what is beautiful both in their family/ethnic journey and in the world. Join as as mid Florida InterVarsity leaders guide us through the first steps of understanding our God-given family/ethnic stories and how to harness them as gospel sharing tools.

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.

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