WHAT IS ARISE?
There is no job in the world more important than that of a parent. With the state of our world today that responsibility has become all the greater as well as more difficult to fulfill. This is why we at Western Hills desire to come alongside parents by offering a yearly conference (ARISE) to provide tools to help raise our children. We also recognize that in a task as daunting as child rearing, it is extremely difficult to do alone. For this reason, we encourage grandparents, aunts, uncles, and all adults to rise up and take an active role in coming alongside parents by sharing in the responsibility of raising the children of which we have been entrusted to know and love the Lord. A great way to get started is to attend ARISE 2019.
WHY BRIDGING THE GAP?
The concept for this conference is rooted way back in the Old Testament when Moses instructed his fellow Israelites in Deuteronomy 6 to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Current research also shows strong evidence that the most significant religious influences on youth today is from the child’s mother, father, and grandparents. Research also shows that only 12 percent of youth have a regular dialog with their mother on faith and/or life issues. This study also showed that only 5% of youth have a regular dialog with their father on faith and/or life issues.
This year we have invited Brian Housman of 360family.org to join us to help “Bridge the Gap” between our children and the adults in their lives. He will provide us with helpful tools and ideas to connect with our children and help them grow and develop into the men and women that God intended them to be.
Brian has been working full-time with families since 1993. He has had the privilege of speaking at more than 300 conferences and countless schools, churches, camps, and military bases. He has lead student and parent programs from coast to coast as well as several international locations. Brian is a prolific writer for parenting magazines, most notably Parenting Teenagers, Parent Life, and Homeschooling Today with more than 80 articles published. He is the author of four books: Engaging Your Teen’s World, Tech Savvy Parenting, How You Always Meant to Parent, and Teen Savvy Parenting. Brian has been featured as a “parenting expert” on more than forty radio shows and TV programs including FOX, ABC, and NBC affiliates.
After serving for thirteen years in positions ranging from a youth pastor to a camp director to a school administrator, Brian stepped out and created 360 Family in September 2004.
360 Family exists to encourage and equip parents in understanding the world of their teens/tweens and how to walk with their teen into the culture in living a life that is honoring of themselves, those around them, and their faith. His passion is connecting the hearts of parents to those of their teens and connecting teens to the heart of God.