Grace & Truth BooksNashville, TNRogers, ARAtlanta, GAWaco, TXMobile, AL
Dennis Gundersen is President and owner of Grace and Truth Books, a Christian publisher of over 100 books, with a primary ministry focus on reprinting 19th century children's stories with a character building emphasis. Dennis has served as a pastor for 26 years, is author of four books (most notably, "Your Child's Profession of Faith" and "Courtship and Dating - So what's the Difference?") and is a visiting professor at Tlapaneco Bible Institute in Mexico.
Workshops from Dennis Gundersen ( may vary by event location )
Faithful and Flawed Fathers: Abraham and You, Dad
There are no perfect Biblical fathers. All had flaws, but some were still regarded as faithful. Abraham is called the father of all who believe, even though he's far from a model of perfection. Just like Abraham, you can be a faithful father to your children, despite the flaws. A man needs to know his calling from God, be willing to sacrifice for it, and have patient faith through trials.
Homeschooling with a Broken Spirit
We all get discouraged, burned out, even go through times of depression. What's a mom to do when such a season of life comes upon her? You're still committed to homeschooling the children - that resolve hasn't changed. But you've changed. You can live in a way that honors God even while you're depressed. And there are well-trodden pathways out of that wilderness. You just need help seeing them again. Come for the encouragement.
Courtship and Dating: So What's the Difference?
Families hear much about courtship these days, but often lack clear ideas as to the differences between a dating approach and the courtship concept. We want to spare our children the pitfalls of the modern dating tradition, but often don't know how to explain to them how courtship works! This seminar gives six easily-understood differences between the two approaches, to help any family apply the old approach in a modern era, but without arbitrary, Pharisaical rules. Dennis gives parents principles they can apply in varied households.
A Hebrew Boy's Education in the Time of Christ
Most Westerners don't understand how Hebrew families viewed the essentials of education and what a dose of freshness it might add to your day to consider the schooling the boy Jesus would have received in His times. Take a journey back to Nazareth's school and see the unique perspectives and goals which would have been included. We can learn a lot from an ancient Hebrew schoolhouse!
Serving with Love and Loving to Serve
A child who learns to serve others with joy is sure to become the kind of husband or wife who brings genuine joy into their own family. The servant spirit, which Jesus said makes a person “the greatest of all”, is better caught than taught— that is, one must pick it up by being around people who love serving others! Dennis and Naomi have raised four sons who find great delight in serving others and they know how that outlook and attitude is passed on to children.
Kindling A Passion for Missions in a Child’s Heart
Dennis has led over a dozen short- term missions trips into Mexico and other nations, showing how to minister cross-culturally and even communicate in significant ways with people whose language you do not and cannot speak. Should your children or your family go on such a trip? How can you prepare them? Not everyone is meant to be a missionary, but we can all form a heart for the peoples of the world and use our gifts to serve them.
Doing Family Worship without being a Bible Scholar
Many godly fathers are becoming aware that, as family shepherd they should lead the household into a habit of family worship – time in the Word of God and prayer together. But many also tremble at the idea, feeling inadequate. “How on earth do I lead my children into understanding God’s Word, when I’m just an ordinary Christian man?” Dennis presents simple, practical ideas any Dad can put into practice. You can do this! You don’t have to be a Bible scholar.
Building A Good Conscience in Your Child
What the Bible calls “a good conscience” is vital for our children to form in their youth. Parents can strengthen the conscience, so a child grows into an adult of strong convictions and is compelled from within away from sinful living and towards righteous choices, even when parents are not present. Let’s make one of the goals of our instruction “a good conscience” (as 1 Timothy 1:5 mentions). A practical plan for achieving this is the subject of this workshop.
Go For the Goal! Shepherding Children with Eternal Aims
What are you aiming for? This motivating message is based on the Apostle Paul’s summary of why he taught – 1 Timothy 1:5: “The goal of our instruction is, love from a pure heart, and a good conscience, and a sincere faith” – perfect goals for godly parents. The work of pastors and parents have this in common: both are "shepherding" souls! Dennis designs to equip parents to raise up children whose lives overflow with love, a sound and discreet conscience, and built on real faith.