We’re so glad you asked! Teach Them Diligently Convention is designed with entire family units in mind! It is our family’s desire that your family will come and be encouraged and equipped together. So, we have a number of ways your children can get involved.
Our children’s program this year is called Battle For Truth. All “junior soldiers” between the ages of 4 and 12 can enlist in the fight against the Christian’s three major enemies — the world, the flesh, and their commanding officer, the Devil. Uniformed in the Armor of God, we’ll study the Bible in age-specific squadrons and complete tactical exercises, all designed to help you be all that you can be in the army of the Lord.
This year, the children’s program will be produced and directed by Teach Them Diligently from start to finish. “General” Matt Reid and his wife Anna, both graduates of Bob Jones University, will be leading the charge. Recently married, Matt and Anna are currently serving in Salt Lake City, Utah, helping to plant Gospel Grace Church of Utah. Prior to their marriage, however, Matt traveled with the Galkin Evangelistic Team. He coordinated children’s ministries for the team and, prior to that, he spent several summers counseling at THE WILDS Christian Camp in Brevard, NC. The expertise he brings to this effort is invaluable, and we are confident that he and Anna are both highly-qualified to lead your children as they are on the “front lines” for Jesus Christ!
The children’s program will commence Friday morning a little before the workshop sessions begin. The children will break for lunch with their families and resume their activities until dinner time. Saturday’s schedule will be the same. The cost of this program is $35 per child. Children can be added to your registration at any time as long as space allows.
Everyone who is over 18 years old that will be working with the children will complete a background check. Those younger than 18 will be coming through the Servant Leadership Track and will be accountable to the team leadership.
Servant Leadership Track for Teens
We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to teens at Teach Them Diligently Convention.
Offered at each Convention location, this Program starts on Thursday and includes a day of intensive training in leading others, followed by two days of serving them. In so doing, attendees follow the example of Jesus, Who washed His disciples’ feet, saying, “… the servant is not greater than lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If you know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:16). This exciting program is limited to 50 teens (ages 13-18) at each site, all of whom will get a chance to do “these things” throughout the Convention weekend.
After a full day of training, the teens will earn a Certificate of Completion and work in the Battle for Truth children’s program. They’ll also benefit from several specially-scheduled, Thursday Apologetics sessions led by speakers in the Four-12 Teen Track. A registration in the Servant Leadership track, which is free and includes lunch on Thursday, requires a commitment to attending the entire Convention – from early Thursday through Saturday evening.
4:12 Program for Teens
I Timothy 4:12 tells us to “let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” Teens who are looking to strengthen their faith will want to take part in the Four-12 Teen Track. An intensive Apologetics program, Four-12 is sponsored by Apologia Academy, and speakers will include Larry Blythe and Charity Decker, both of the Apologia team. Learn how to answer unbelieving friends who question your convictions. Discover ways to be bolder in sharing the Gospel, and get helpful hints as to how to remain pure in a world that is anything but pure.
A $5 pre-registration fee is required for the Four-12 Teen Track.
What about our 12-year old?
Children of all ages are very important, and at Teach Them Diligently, we know that each child develops at his own pace. That’s why we’re offering parents the option to use their own discernment in selecting programming for their 12 year olds. Feel like they’ll benefit from being grouped with others in the age-specific “squadrons” of the Battle for Truth program? They’re more than welcome to Enlist! Or they would be welcome in Apologia’s Four-12 Teen Track.
As we did last year, we are also working on special offerings specific to this age group to be held throughout the weekend. Our suggestion is that you stay plugged in to our blog and read more about each program as the information becomes available. Once you’ve seen what’s in store, you’ll be better equipped to make an informed decision as to the best fit for your child.
And if I prefer to keep my children with me?
They are welcome to attend any and all sessions with their parents. We are home educating families who are accustomed to being together, working
together and learning together. Families absolutely have the freedom to choose to do so at the convention as well. To help accommodate those with smaller children who may have a hard time sitting still through all the sessions, we are setting up a toddler room at each location. In that room, there will be audio and visual feeds available from the keynote session for you to enjoy while your little one gets some energy out. We will also have close circuit TV in the main hall outside of the keynote session auditorium at all sites.
If you have further questions about the children’s programs at Teach Them Diligently Convention, don’t hesitate to ask. You can leave a comment here, and we’ll respond as soon as we can.