SATURDAY // OCTOBER 5 // 8:30AM-5PM

Get inspired to create authentic connections with your grandchildren. And, even better, get the practical tools you need to influence your grandchild whether he/she lives down the street or across the country.

 

This incredible one-day Christian grandparenting conference will kickstart your relationships with your grandchild in a special way. And it's open to parents, too, so grandparents and parents can work together to best prepare kids for the challenges of growing up in today's culture.

 

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RAY & CATHY CAMPBELL

Why should we spend an entire Saturday learning about grandparenting when we already have seven grandchildren? That's what we were thinking when someone asked us if we were going to the Grandparenting Conference.  Surely we knew what we needed to know. I can confidently say that  thought couldn't have been further from the truth.  Once we read about the prestigious speakers and their qualifications, we  realized we'd be missing out if we didn't attend.  The conference opened our eyes to the challenges our grandchildren will face in today's world educationally, spiritually, physically and emotionally. And boy, were we ever behind the times!  We learned the importance of a grandparent's role in the family and the affect our prayers and our life experiences will have.  More importantly, we were inspired to take advantage of every opportunity to encourage and minister to our grandchildren that Jesus Christ loves them unconditionally, has a plan for their lives and has given them the Holy Spirit to guide and depend on along the way.  If, as a grandparent, you thought your parenting responsibilities were finished, this conference will show you there are so many more great opportunities for God to use you and how He desires for you to be a blessing to your family no matter your location or time limitations.  We urge you to attend this conference.  Like us, we know you will be encouraged and amazed!

Doors open, Registration, Refreshments

7:45AM

Make connections with other grandparents and grab some coffee and water before getting settled in for a great day! 

Welcome & Opening General Session 

8:30-9:45AM

"WHO ARE THOSE GUYS? UNDERSTANDING AND CONNECTING WITH THE YOUNG GENERATIONS" // DR. BRENDA SNAILUM

God calls us to declare the Lord's praisworthy deeds to future generations that they will proclaim His praises (Psalm 78:4). Yet, it's easy to be perplexed by -- and even fearful off -- the current trends among kids and teens in our world today. How can we reach our grandkids who are steeped in the current culture? Understand key cultural influences that are impacting our grandchildren and how we can build bridges to create authentic connections in our families and churches.

Breakout Sessions #1

10-11AM

"ALLIES OR ADVERSARIES? STRENGTHENING AND HEALING RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN'S PARENTS" // CAVIN HARPER

We all want strong relationships with our adult children and their spouses if for no other reason than to protect our relationship with our grandchildren. We'll unpack five biblical handholds that can help you scale the wall of seemingly insurmountable conflict.  

"HEART CONNECTIONS THROUGH ART THERAPY" // RACHEL MAHNKE

Art therapy is an incredibly powerful to unlock the heart of children, whether they're struggling or doing well. Learn how to open your grandchildren's heart using art therapy concepts and creative techniques in a judgment-free zone. Connect with a child who might otherwise be unreachable using simple art supplies, your time and an encouraging attitude...no artistic ability is required!  

"RETREATS FOR GRANDPARENTS & GRANDCHILDREN" // PAUL & DIANA MILLER

Discover various formats and materials for retreats that provide special memory-building experiences for grandparents and grandchildren, including GrandCamp for multiple days and Grand Day Out for single days. 

"BE WISE WITH MONEY: 5 KEYS TO RETIRING FEARLESSLY" // RYAN MOHRMANN

What does it mean to be a faithful steward with your money? This session explores the following questions: 1. Do I have enough? 2. How will taxes impact my retirement? 3. Will I be able to leave money to my kids or charity? 4. How can I not be a burden on my family? 

"A GRANDPARENT'S PRIMER: UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY ON OUR GRANDCHILDREN" // SHELLY DONAHUE // *This session is also offered during breakout session #3. 

Get equipped to make a vital difference in your grandchildren's lives when it comes to avoiding pornography and sexting. Research shows both genders are affected in these areas. Leave this session with the understanding of when to talk to your granddaughters and grandsons about it, what to say about it, and what to do about it.  

"THE POWER OF A PRAYING GRANDPARENT" // JIM DENNIS 

Want to know the two greatest things a grandparent can do for their grandchildren? Come find out and also discover how to connect to your grandchildren through prayer. We'll discuss just how to pray for your grandkids and how to use Scripture when you pray. Additionally, discover what to do about the concerns you have regarding your grandkids and how to honor your adult children as you interact with your grandchildren. 

Breakout Sessions #2

11:15AM-12:15PM

"GRAND-DADS MATTER TOO: RESTORING A BIBLICAL VIEW OF FATHERHOOD" // CAVIN HARPER

There's no doubt that dads matter, but do you believe granddads also matter in the life of a child? This workshop explores what the Bible says about the importance of grandfathers and six ways grandfathers can be heroes in the lives of their grandchildren. 

"HARVESTING THE RICHES OF THE FAMILY TRINITY" // PAUL & DIANA MILLER // *This session is also offered during breakout session #3. 

Learn to build strong intergenerational relationships among grandparents, parents and grandchildren. Gain insights on practical issues like spoiling, babysitting and gift-giving. 

"YOUR GRANDKIDS NEED THE SEX TALK FROM YOU, TOO" // SHELLY DONAHUE

Be bold! You can direct your grandchildren to delay sex until marriage and empower them to do just that. Get tools and talking points to guide your grandchildren toward the wonderful purposes God has made for sex in marriage and the benefits of healthy relationship skills in their teen/college years. Come -- even if your grandchild has already crossed the line...there is always hope! 

"GRANDFAMILIES: GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN" // RACHEL MAHNKE 

Be encouraged and uplifted on your journey. It's a difficult task, but you are not alone. I'll show you what God's shown me, taking me from barely surviving to thriving.  

"NO NEED TO WALK ALONE: FINANCIAL CONVERSATIONS FOR WOMEN" // LISA LATSA & RYAN MOHRMANN

Let's face it, women often have quite unique challenges when it comes to money. They live longer, they often care for multiple generations, and it's not uncommon for women to be thrust unexpectedly into the role of money manager due to death or divorce. We want to educate and encourage women of all ages with some basic concepts to help plan and strategies to overcome their fear.

"GOD'S DESIGN FOR CONNECTION & COMMUNICATION IN YOUR FAMILY // KEITH DORSCHT

Have you ever contemplated your brain's role in healthy family relationships? The human brain powerfully reveals that God wants us to experience life-giving relationships. Learn key principles of brain function and easy-to-apply tips to connect with and communicate powerfully with your grandkids. 

Lunch & Resource Fair

12:30-1:45PM

Enjoy a Chick-fil-A lunch (on-site and included with your registration). Afterward, explore the resource fair for helpful materials to assist you on your grandparenting journey. 

Breakout Sessions #3

2-3PM

"UNLEASHING THE POWER OF SPOKEN BLESSING IN YOUR FAMILY" // CAVIN HARPER

Everyone knows words matter. They have the power to bless or curse. The Bible tells us not to let unwholesome words come out of our mouths, and to speak only what builds up. The spoken blessing is a powerful tool to transform your family. We'll look at why and how to unleash that power in your own family. 

"STAY IN YOUR LANE: SUCCEED BY KNOWING THE ROLE OF A GRANDPARENT" // KEITH DORSCHT

There are things you want to do as a grandparent, things you feel you should do as a grandparent, and things you need to do as a grandparent. We'll sort through each of these and challenge you to be the  grandparent your family needs you to be so you can stay in your lane, enjoy grandparenting and truly bless your grandkids with the best of you. 

"INTER-GENERATIONAL PRAYER JOURNALS" // RACHEL MAHNKE

Journaling is all the rage. Learn creative ways to share your faith with the next generation. Show your grandchildren how to create "stones of remembrance" through prayer journaling that's simple enough for a 4-year-old and intricate enough for a high school student. Prayer is an open door to the heart of our Creator!

"HARVESTING THE RICHES OF THE FAMILY TRINITY" // PAUL & DIANA MILLER // *This session is also offered during breakout session #2. 

Learn to build strong intergenerational relationships among grandparents, parents and grandchildren. Gain insights on practical issues like spoiling, babysitting and gift-giving. 

"No Need to Walk Alone: Financial Conversations for Women" // Lisa Latsa & Ryan Mohrmann

"A GRANDPARENT'S PRIMER: UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY ON OUR GRANDCHILDREN" // SHELLY DONAHUE // *This session is also offered during breakout session #1. 

Get equipped to make a vital difference in your grandchildren's lives when it comes to avoiding pornography and sexting. Research shows both genders are affected in these areas. Leave this session with the understanding of when to talk to your granddaughters and grandsons about it, what to say about it, and what to do about it.  

"YOUR LEGACY: FAMILY, CHURCH & CHARITY" // RYAN MOHRMANN 

Are you curious to discover better ways to leave a financial legacy? We answer that question, providing an overview of what it means to be generous by exploring the best strategies for wealth transfer to children and/or to charity by reviewing the best tax-efficient opportunities. 

Closing General Session

3:15-4PM

"BUILD A LEGACY THAT MATTERS" // CAVIN HARPER

Nothing matters like the Gospel when it comes to life now and life in eternity. If that's true, then how should the Gospel shape our legacy so it's something worth outliving us?

Open Forum / Q&A with Speakers

4-5PM

Ask questions specific to your situation and/or clarify anything you need to apply what you've learned as you build your relationship with your grandchild and making an impact on his/her life. 

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ATRIUM &

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6250 WRIGHT ST., 

ARVADA, COLORAD

80004

SATURDAY

OCTOBER 5

8:30AM - 5PM

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conference speakers

Cavin Harper

Cavin is the founder and president of the Christian Grandparenting Network and author of "Courageous Grandparenting," "Living Your Will," and "Wayfinder." 

He and his wife, Diane, are the creators of GrandCamps. Cavin and Diane have two daughters and nine grandchildren. Their home is in Colorado Springs. 

Dr. Brenda Snailum

Brenda is an adjunct professor of Youth & Family Studies at Denver Seminary. As a leader and educator in children's, youth and family ministry for more than 30 years, she's a well-respected voice in the national intergenerational ministry conversation. She's led seminars on integrating children, youth and young adults into the church and is a contributing author to "Teaching the Next Generations."

Brenda Snailum and her husband of 42 years live in Littleton, Colo. They have two married adult children and two precious grandchildren.

Shelly Donahue

Passionately committed to Jesus as the ultimate answer -- and standing 6'3" tall -- Shelly Donahue is an expert in the field of teen sex. She's inspired more than a million teens while equipping thousands of parents and grandparents to communicate the message of delaying sex until marriage through her outreach organization TALL Truth. 

She has two grown children and is a grandmother to three. She's active in the physical and inner healing ministry at Rez.Church in Loveland, Colo., plays competitive USTA tennis and lives in Eaton, Colo.

Paul & Diana Miller

Paul & Diana Miller are authors of "A Guide to Great Grandparenting" and volunteers with the Christian Grandparenting Network, specializing in GrandCamp. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren. 

Both retired educators, they call themselves bookends because Diana taught preschool for 26 years and Paul was a tenured business professor for 43 years. 

Rachel Mahnke

Rachel Mahnke not only has 10 biological children, she has three stepchildren and eight grandchildren. Two of those grandbabies have been adopted by her and she's currently raising them. 

In an effort to unlock the hearts and minds of grandkids who've experienced trauma and distress, she returned to school to learn powerful tools to assist them in becoming whole. She obtained her Health and Wellness Certification, Journal Therapy and Arts Therapy Instructor certifications. 

Ryan Mohrmann

After 16 years as a teacher and coach for middle school, high school and college students, Ryan joined Thrivent Financial to guide people and small businesses in life planning. 

He and his wife, Rachel, have four children and enjoy being together outside or at home. 

Thrivent Financial, a non-profit fraternal benefit society, is an organization of Christians where each member is an owner. 

Keith Dorscht

Keith is a registered psychotherapist and ordained minister who's pioneered brain-based, heart-level change for thousands of relationships. Married for 24 years, Keith and his wife Nancy have six children ages 11-23. 

His true passion is helping families connect at new levels to experience joyful, meaningful relationships. 

Liz Latsa

Liz is originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia. She attended James Madison University, receiving a Bachelor of
Science in Public Health Education. During Liz's senior year, a friend approached her with the crazy idea to move to Denver after graduation. Liz said yes!
Now, more than six years later, Liz considers Denver to be home.

 

Liz worked in social work before attending Denver Seminary, where she graduated in May 2018 with her Master of Arts in
Leadership. Liz has been serving as a Community Engagement Leader with Thrivent since November 2018 and
loves getting to help create a culture and theology around generosity in churches of the Denver.

Jim Dennis

Jim is a father to four adult children and grandparent to 13 grandchildren.

 

Now retired from the health care field, Jim has lived in Colorado for 45 years. A long-time member of Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colorado, he also graduated from Rocky Mountain Bible Institute. 

He loves spending time with his family, working out, hiking, traveling and green chile. 

*If you're a grandparent raising your grandkids

and you need childcare to attend the conference,

please e-mail us so we can help you. 

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