Equipping Believers to Embrace Home Education/Discipleship
Voddie's message inspires families to walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel with confidence and without fear of condemnation. He illustrates the culturally contrived thinking of this world we live in while encouraging the audience to think through the truth of what God has said to us from His Word. Men leave with a desire to lead their families, and wives willing to support them. Families are strengthened by Voddie's challenge to fulfill God’s purposes for them according to His Word and not by the pressures of this world.” - John and Laura Wojnicki, Chairmen, Christian Family Schools of San Diego
Having addressed homeschool conferences in North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, California, Iowa, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and more, Voddie Baucham is no stranger to this world. While Dr. Baucham can address any of his other conference topics for a homeschool audience, these are a few of the topics he commonly addresses at homeschool conferences around the country:
Why Your Family Needs the Church
Ask many homeschool families where they go to church and you may be disappointed by the answer (or lack thereof). There is a growing number of home educators who have simply given up on local church membership. Some gather together in informal “home fellowships,” while others simply view their family as their church. This simply must not be! Every Christian ought to be part of a local church (Heb. 10:25). Christ died for his bride, the Church.
In this session, we will examine questions like, “What is a biblical church”? “What is biblical church membership”? and “How to find a church.” We will also look at the biblical mandate for, and essential nature of church membership in the life of the individual and the family.
Don’t Let Home Education Destroy Your Marriage!
Some homeschool families come to the end of the road and find that when their children left home, so did any pretense of a relationship between mom and Dad. The demands of home education had so consumed them that they forgot one another. They gave all they had to and for their children, and made no effort to invest in their marriage. And sometimes, the results are devastating.
In this session, we will talk about the theological and practical importance of a strong marriage as the foundation of home education. We will also explore ways to make time for our marriage, and why it will benefit not only us, but our children in the long-run.
Teaching Your Children With Your Grandchildren in Mind
I am surprised at how many homeschool kids aren’t sure whether or not they are going to educate their own children at home. I’m more surprised that some are sure they won’t. Usually, further examination reveals a complete lack of any theological/philosophical reflection on the topic. Their parents simply did what was best for them at the moment; not what was best, period.
In this session, we will examine key theological and philosophical motivations for home education, and how to pass these on to our children. Do your children know why you homeschool? Do You? Do they have a ‘big picture’ perspective on the impact home education can have on our culture for the sake of the Kingdom? Do they understand what government education has done to the culture at large (or that it has been intentional)? Are they thinking about ways their marriage, educational and career choices will impact the education and discipleship of their children? We will also look at the way our approach to educating our children figures into the scenario, and the kinds of things we need to encourage our children to invest in now so they can invest in their children in the future.
The Role of the Father in Home Education/Discipleship
Many homeschool dads view their role in home education as little more than providing the money to buy curriculum each year. However, the results of such passivity can be devastating. Marriages are strained, homeschool boys are feminized, moms are frustrated and isolated, and feminism often exploits the opening. As a result, the homeschool movement is in jeopardy of being feminized altogether.
While you may not be able to do anything about the big picture, you can (and must) do something about your own home. However, this mandate must be viewed in light of the overall view of the home laid out in the Scriptures. This session will explore how dads can be more than just sideline spectators (or worse, bullies who demand results and threaten to pull the plug if their kids don’t get up-to-speed). Dads will learn how to cast vision, set goals, offer support, and get involved. Moms will learn how to apply the principles of 1 Peter 3:1-6 in ways that encourage their husband to assume his role as leader in the home without using manipulation or guilt.
Harvard or Heaven
What are you aiming for in the education of your children? Is it the same thing every other person in America is striving to attain? Is being a follower of Christ a determining factor in the goals toward which you educate your children? Does your child absolutely have to have a college degree? If so, is the traditional college route a wise investment of time and money?
In this session, we will expose the harsh truth about what Forbes Magazine calls “The Great College Con.” Most Bachelors degrees aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. There are also a host of trades and careers that don’t require going to college. And if your child does end up needing a college degree, there are inexpensive, convenient, safe ways to get it done in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. This is a session college administrators don’t want you to attend.
Family Worship: The Forgotten Home Discipleship Tool
Two hundred years ago a man could be excommunicated from his church for failing to lead his household in regular family worship. Today a man can become a pastor without ever having engaged in the process. What happened? Why do so few families engage in family worship? And what’s the big deal anyway?
In this session, we will learn about the history and theology of family worship and its importance in the life of every Christian family. We will also look at practical ways every family can institute this vital practice.
Bible Study Basics: How to Study and Teach The Bible at Home
What good is home education if the Bible is not central to all we do. Moreover, how can we teach the Bible if we don’t know how to interpret it properly? Unfortunately, many homeschool families are simply stuck when it comes to the Bible. Should we just buy a Bible curriculum and be done with it? What about our family devotional time? How do we equip our children to handle the Word for themselves?
In this session, we will examine the basics of biblical hermeneutics in a way that is accessible. We will also learn about some key tools that every Bible student needs to have, and a few that can be dangerous if used the wrong way.
Biblical Manhood in the Home
One of the most glaring shortcomings in the home education movement over the years has been the absence of male involvement. Women have shouldered the load with men often contributing little more than book money. As a result, there many frustrated mothers, confused sons, and stressed marriages in desperate need of help.
This session offers a biblical look at the father’s role in the home and why it is absolutely essential to a successful home education. We’ll address issues like feminism, hyper-patriarchy, and other excesses that have led to a complete lack of balance and order in many Christian homes. We will also see how the gospel addresses these issues and brings hope and healing.
Home Education Why and How
Do you have a biblical theology of education? Or do you simply educate your children at home because it promises safety, security, and higher SAT scores? This session is designed to examine the Scriptures with a view toward a biblical theology of education that will serve as a foundation upon which families can build a philosophy of true home discipleship.
Before we can do right, we must learn to think right. We all act in accordance with what we believe. Unfortunately, many Christians believe things about marriage, family and children that are grossly unbiblical. As a result we simply live for today with no thought for the consequences to coming generations. Once we grasp a multi-generational vision the pieces begin to fall into place
Getting Your House in Order
This session opens the eyes of the participants to the contemporary tragedy in evangelicalism. We are losing a generation. Teens are abandoning the church at alarming rates, birth rates are plummeting and less than 10% of professing evangelicals have a biblical worldview. This ‘perfect storm’ has the modern American church on a collision course with apostasy.
The State of the Family
One of the frequently overlooked byproducts of government education is the advancement of Feminist ideology and its implications for family life. In this workshop we will examine the influence of Feminist ideology and secular humanism as they relate to biblical manhood/womanhood, and the family. We will then address strategies to overcome these ideologies in the way we educate our sons and daughters.
The Future of Home Education
From increased regulations to infiltration and sabotage, state and local governments are continually encroaching upon the rights of home educators. What does all of this mean? This session will focus on key obstacles home educators face and strategies to deal with them effectively.
Education and Worldview
It is impossible to separate education and worldview. In fact, the main purpose of education is worldview discipleship. Unfortunately, many home educators have come to believe that worldview is a subject to be taught in the late teen years before a child goes off to college. That is a terrible mistake.
This session will examine the central question, “What is a Worldview” and demonstrate how every aspect of our home education from beginning to end is crucial in forming our child’s worldview. We will also examine the main competing worldviews of our day and show how government education has served as a principle exponent of neo-Marxism and secular humanism over the past century and a half.
Culture Wars: How They Affect the Homeschool Family and How We Respond
There is a mighty clash of worldviews going on all around us, and there is no way to escape. Educating our children at home will only postpone the inevitable. Our children will engage the culture. The only question is, will they do so as lambs going off to slaughter, or will they be sheep among wolves who are “wise as serpents and innocent as doves”? (Matthew 10:16)