Milestone #1: Family Dedication
This Milestone helps parents understand their role as the primary faith trainer for their children and family. Milestone #1 focuses on parents who have children between birth and five years of age. All parents with children older than 5 years of age are still encouraged to go through this seminar to help lay the foundation for Milestones 2-6. During the seminar, parents will learn how to become primary faith trainers and accept the responsibility. Resources and learning opportunities are provided for the new parents desiring to dedicate their child to the Lord. During the ceremony, the church body commits to partner with the parents in the faith development of the child for the duration of the journey.
Milestone #2: Faith Commitment
This Milestone equips parents to lead their children into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. The suggested age of the child for this Milestone is between ages 6-12. Milestone #2 seminar covers topics like: God’s plan for salvation, how to share the gospel with my child, is my child ready to be saved and baptized, spiritual disciplines for children, answering the tough questions asked by our children, and how to plan a Faith Commitment celebration.
Milestone #3: Preparing for Adolescence
This Milestone focuses on helping parents intentionally prepare their children (ages 10-12) to enter the teenage years. This seminar covers topics like: relating to your adolescent, preparing your child for middle school, how to grow spiritually during their teenage years, practicing spiritual disciplines, navigating cultural challenges, keeping the faith in difficult times, and the nuts and bolts of the Family Road Trip celebration.
Milestone #4: Commitment to Purity
This Milestone equips parents to provide their children (age 12-14) with a biblical view of sex, intimacy, and purity. The parent seminar covers topics like: Talking with your kids about sex, how to create open lines of communication between parents and kids, understanding the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, purity (physical, emotional, and moral), and the ins and outs of the Purity celebration.
Milestone #5: Passage to Adulthood
This Milestone helps parents lead their teen (age 16) into becoming a man or woman of God. The parent seminar covers topics like: the biblical roles of men and women, spiritual disciplines, service in the church, spiritual gifts, basic tenets of the faith, and the Sweet 16 Celebration (planning before and follow-up afterwards).
Milestone #6: Graduation
This Milestone prepares parents to help their teen (17-18 years old) develop practical and spiritual skills to leave home. The parent seminar covers topics like: preparing my student to leave home, defending my faith, dating, marriage, money, discovering God’s plan, a biblical understanding of work, and living on mission.