Recently I was interviewed by David Miller over at LifeNotes Cafe about 1C13P’s HeartCORe Parenting Conference. Below is the interview. (First seen at Life Notes Cafe Sunday, November 9, 2014.)
LifeWriter Lori Wildenberg and Becky Danielson launched 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting in March of 2012 out of a desire to support, educate, and empower moms and dads to be the parents their children really need. Since that time, they have organized a dynamic speakers panel, created a robust locker of parenting resources at their web site and they just recently held their first HeartCORe Parenting Conference in Minneapolis.
These one day events are designed to equip, encourage, and refresh moms and dads towards Biblically-based HeartCORe parenting. Lori and Becky never imagined how positive the reception to this ministry initiative would be so LifeNotes offered to interview Lori and learn more about the exciting growth of this ministry start-up.
LifeNotes: What was the drive behind organizing 1 Corinthian 13 Parenting as a ministry?
Lori: Need, what moms and dads need today is to be better equipped as parents. God showed my ministry partner, Becky Danielson, and me that more parent voices (especially male voices) were necessary to meet the vast concerns and unique family circumstances in the world today. We have grown from the two of us to a team of faith-filled men and women.1 Corinthians 13 Parenting ( 1C13P) is made-up of parents: married parents, single parents, stay-at-home parents, working parents, adoptive parents, step-parents, parents of infants, parent of toddlers, parents of little kids, parents of big kids, parents of young adults, and even grandparents. All of whom are experts in their field. We speak about family concerns, marriage, nutrition, discipline, prodigal issues, education, faith, and more!
Personally, each one of us knows the joys and struggles of being a mom or dad. Professionally, we offer strategies that are successful and easily applicable. Becky and I like to characterize the 1C13P ministry this way: Personally we relate. Professionally, we support.
LifeNotes: What have been some of both your successes and challenges as a ministry?
Lori: Successes have been abundant, thanks to our Great God. We have had the honor of being a part of many people’s lives and have been used by the Lord to make a positive impact to encourage men and woman to be the parents God designed them to be. Through individual speaking engagements and team led conferences, we have been able to take the 1C13P ministry to the street (so to speak). The biggest challenge we face is getting the word out about 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting and what we have to offer families.
LifeNotes: What are some of greatest damaging cultural inroads affecting how Christian parents raise and relate to their kids?
Lori: Busyness and competition combined with either too much parental control or families that are solely child-centered. We have taken our eyes off Jesus and put our heart, mind, body, and soul into other things. We are simply distracted and focused on externals rather than developing the child’s character. Without margin in our lives and a Godly perspective on respect and relationship, we become controlling, passive, or permissive. The world’s voice is loud. It’s important for us to examine and be intentional in what we model and the messages we give our kids.
LifeNotes: 1C13P just held its first HeartCORe Parenting Conference – what was the motivation?
Lori: We wanted to go beyond the blogosphere and connect with parents in a more intimate and personal way in order to make a bigger impact for the Kingdom.
LifeNotes: Is there a shortage of “equipping contexts” for Christian parents? If so, how do church leaders and parents address this issue?
Lori: There are not many ministries or materials that are a one-stop shop for both moms and dads and parents of all types. The truth is we are all burdened with lots of information. The opportunity to have a solid-biblically-based, encouraging, user-friendly, and relatable place to go is the goal of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting. Parents can subscribe to our blog and church leaders can use (with permission) all the free material we offer at 1C13P and share it with their congregation. We are also available to come to any church and present a conference, workshop, or retreat in order to help a pastor meet the needs of the parents sitting in the pews.
LifeNotes: What has been your participant feedback so far?
Lori: Very positive. I think the best compliment we could have was to be immediately asked back by the family pastor for next year. My next favorite response was reading that the conference needed to be longer! People wanted even more. It was described as fun, funny, inspirational, well organized, encouraging, informational, and educational. Across the board, folks said they would recommend the HeartCORe Parenting Conference to a friend!
LifeNotes: Are you looking for new venues and conference hosts and sponsors for 2015? If so, what makes for a great host and sponsor relationship?
Lori: Yes, we are looking for host churches. Churches that are motivated to pray for the conference, promote it, and help work it make for the best partners. Mentioning the conference from the pulpit or during church life announcement time, emails, posters, personal invitations, inviting other local churches to participate, notifying the local radio stations of the event are a few ways to let moms and dads know about the conference. Providing a few willing volunteers in regard to technology, registration, material distribution, and greeting are all important. But committing to pray for the conference, the speakers, the participants is the most critical component in hosting a HeartCORe Parenting Conference. We want it to be a God glorifying success.
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By Lori Wildenberg
Wife to Tom, Mom of four
Licensed Parent & Family Educator
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting
Co-author of The 1 Corinthians 13 Parent Series
Raising Little Kids with Big Love and
Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love
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