Shepherding a Child’s Heart

Get beyond just correcting behavior to the heart issues that shape our children from early childhood through the teenage years as they grow into adulthood.

Cornerstone has been invited to participate in a two-day seminar, January 6-7, 2012, on Shepherding a Child’s Heart with Dr. Tedd Tripp, author of the book of the same name. The seminar is sponsored by our sister church, Christ EPC.  Details below.

Questions? Contact Rev. Richard Harris, Minister of Family Life.


Cost is $15/person or $25/couple


Childcare is provided for members of the Christ Presbyterian family by reservation only. Donations in support of youth missions will be accepted.

Join Dr. Tedd Tripp for a weekend seminar, Shepherding a Child's Heart, at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX.Dr. Tedd Tripp, Our Guest Speaker

Tedd Tripp is the senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church, Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He was married to Margy in 1968. They have three adult children and nine grandchildren. Tedd is a graduate of Geneva College, B.A. in History, Philadelphia Theological Seminary, M. Div., and Westminster Theological Seminary, D. Min. with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling. Tedd is the author of the popular child-rearing book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart.

Tedd has been an elder in Grace Fellowship Church since 1976 and pastor of the church since 1983. Before seminary Tedd worked as a contractor and in industry.

Tedd and Margy founded Immanuel Christian School in 1979 where Tedd has served as a teacher and administrator. Tedd and Margy still serve on the board of ICS. From 1985-1997 Tedd served as a counselor in the Lehigh Valley office of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. Since 1994, Tedd has maintained an extensive ministry as a conference speaker and presenter of Shepherding a Child’s Heart Seminars. His books and video and audio materials are used throughout the world.


Friday, January 6, 2012

6:30-7 pm Registration

7-8 pm Getting to the Heart of Behavior
The major theme of Shepherding a Child?s Heart is that the heart directs behavior. In this session Dr. Tripp presents an overview of several passages that teach that the heart is the wellspring of life. Since behavior is heart driven (Luke 6:45), it cannot be understood or addressed biblically in isolation from the heart. What a child says and does is a reflection of the abundance of his heart. This session explores some of the common ways that we try to address behavior without shepherding the heart, helping parents gain skill at working back from behavior to the heart unmasking heart issues for their children.

8-8:15 pm Break

8:15-9:15 pm Helping our Kids See the Glory of God
Shaping influences of childhood are the events and circumstances in a child’s developmental years that prove to be catalysts for the person he becomes. Shaping influences, however, are only half the story. Children are worshippers so they interact with the shaping influences of life out of the Godward orientation of their hearts. Since they are worshippers children either worship God or idols. They filter the experiences of life through a religious grid. Since their Godward orientation will determine the ways they respond to the shaping influences of life, one of the primary tasks of the parent is to help their children see the glories of God. They are made to be dazzled and awed by God. The parent’s calling is to help them see the glories and excellencies of the one for who they have been made. Psalm 145 describes parenting as “one generation commending the works of God to another.”

Saturday, January 7, 2012

9-10 am Early Childhood: Helping our Children Live Joyfully Under Authority
These early days are wonderful day for helping children understand that they are designed to live under authority. Kind and gracious authority is a blessing for children since they lack wisdom, maturity and life experience. Our task is helping them see that God, who is good and kind, has designed them to function as people under authority. God has promised wonderful blessing for children who learn to honor and obey Mom and Dad.

10:15-11:15 Childhood: Helping Children Understand How to Identify Attitudes of Heart
There are many issues that arise in shepherding our children that cannot be reduced to living under authority. The Bible teaches that the heart has strayed long before the behavior strays. We must help our children understand the heart attitudes that are behind common behavior problems. Focus on the heart keeps before us the need for the transformation that grace brings. This session will present a paradigm for getting from behavior to heart attitudes and helping children understand ways that their straying hearts show how profoundly they need the forgiveness, grace and empowerment of the gospel.

11:25 am-12:30 pm Teenagers: Helping Young People Embrace the Gospel as their own Living Faith
This is the time to pass the baton of faith from one generation to the next. There are foundational issues in Proverbs 1: the fear of the Lord, remembering your parent’s words and disassociation from the wicked. The parent accomplishes the tasks of this developmental stage through rich biblical communication. We will discover that the finest art of communication is to understand the other person, in this case our teen.

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