No one has more influence in a kid’s life than a parent. But if you could hear parents, whether in your church or anywhere else, you’d probably hear them say things like:

“I feel alone.”
“I feel busy.”
“I feel inadequate.”
“I feel confused.”
“I feel worried.”
“I feel judged.”

Parents are looking for answers, but more and more, the church is the last place they think to look. What will it take for a church to really partner with parents? How can you elevate every parent? What can your church do to help parents win?

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Lauren Terrell


Reggie Joiner is the founder and CEO of Orange, an organization designed to redefine ministry approaches for churches and family environments. For nearly 40 years, he’s mentored teachers and leaders who influence the next generation. Reggie and his wife, Debbie, have raised four kids into adulthood.

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Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (fulleryouthinstitute.org). Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and is the author or co-author of a number of books including Growing Young and Sticky Faith. Kara and her husband, Dave, are regularly inspired by all the learning and laughter that comes from their three teenage and young adult children.

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Lauren Terrell


Kristen Ivy is executive director of The Phase Project (a collaborative, ongoing effort to assemble classic and innovative research about child development with an emphasis on practical application). Kristen blends a background in child development with a master of divinity and over 15 years of leading children and students. She and her husband, Matt, have three children in the preschool and elementary phases.

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