May 23, 2013
Three well-regarded US speakers will be travelling to New Zealand and Australia this June on a pioneer conference tour aimed at encouraging Scriptural family living.
The speakers will include Scott Brown, of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, which is running the conferences. Mr Brown may be best known as the producer of controversial hit documentary “Divided”, which calls Churches to recover a vision for family discipleship and worship, rather than splitting their congregations into age-segregated programs. He gives most of his time to local pastoral ministry, conferences on fatherhood, Church reformation, and strengthening the family.
Kevin Swanson, home educated in the 1960s and 1970s, now hosts Generations Radio, a daily programme broadcast around the world. Mr Swanson is a well-known speaker and teacher on worldview, education, and Church and family life who has been interviewed on hundreds of media outlets including Dr James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and Fox News Network.
Anthony Courter has been discipling men and fathers from his home for decades, specifically focusing on family-based entrepreneurship and ministry.
The men will be speaking in Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand, as well as three venues in Australia. The conferences are one-day events, with men’s meetings and fellowship/discipleship opportunities occurring on other days.
Robert Compton, who is organising the Melbourne conference, says that the tour is an exciting opportunity for New Zealanders and Australians to interact with American leaders and get to know likeminded families in their own areas.
“In recent years, we’ve seen some very exciting things happening in the States,” says Mr Compton.
“Families have started searching God’s Word for principles regarding His will for family roles, discipleship in the home, and family economics. They have begun to apply these principles in their own families and God has blessed them.”
Mr Compton says that this is nothing new for Christian families. “The family unit has been under attack since the beginning of time, yet throughout history there have been men who have searched the scriptures to find the answers to these very questions. Abraham was commended for teaching his children. Timothy learnt about God from his mother and grandmother. During the killing times in Scotland, the Covenanters still applied principles they found in God’s Word to their family even at the cost of their life. Sadly, in more recent times the Church has forgotten that families are the basic unit of society.”
Mr Compton encourages Christian families from all walks of life to attend the conferences. “What an opportunity to get three men at the forefront of today’s battle for the family to come to New Zealand and Australia and share their knowledge. It will be encouraging to those who have already begun their journey and challenging to those who are only starting.”
More information on the conferences can be found at www.godcenteredfamily.com.
About the “National Center for Family Integrated Churches
Scripture makes it clear that parents are primarily responsible for the discipleship of their children.
At the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, one of our missions is to communicate God’s beautiful design for discipleship in the home and in the Church. We hope to use scripture to show God’s wonderful design for building harmony between Churches and families, not dislocation.”
For more information, please visit https://ncfic.org/
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Scott T. Brown is the director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches and elder at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scott graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a degree in History and received a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology. He gives most of his time to local pastoral ministry, conferences on fatherhood, church reformation, and strengthening the family. He has been married to Deborah for thirty one years, and they have four grown children. Scott also helps people think through the two greatest institutions God has provided — the church and the family.
Kevin Swanson was homeschooled in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Kevin has over 35 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado and Generations with Vision. Today, Kevin is a homeschool father of five, host of a daily radio program broadcast around the world, and is a published author of several books, including Upgrade – 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child. Serving as a passionate supporter of home education, he has been interviewed on hundreds of media outlets, including Dr. James’ Dobson’s Focus on the Family and the Fox News Network.
Anthony Courter graduated from Bible college in ’87 with a pastoral degree. While pastoring his first church he began to see issues concerning youth ministry and fathers abdicating their God given responsibilities. This insight caused him to become deliberately focused on discipling fathers, specifically concentrating on and encouraging family economics and family centered ministries.
For years, the Courter home has been the backdrop for teaching men and families about economic issues such as What is Money?, Why have Passive Income, and How to have Family Based Businesses. In 2004 he founded CAMP (Carpenters Aiding Missionary Projects) in an effort to help foster within men and their families a desire for world missions and to aid missions projects around the world.
Anthony and Michelle, his wife of 27 years, are the parents of 12 children ages 24 to 18 months – Daniel, Jessica, Rebekah, Aaron, Josiah, Esther, Joshua, Caleb, Lincoln, Elijah, Anna and Nathan. In addition to running CAMP, hosting monthly skill building workshops, and meeting local and international church needs, they are the owner and manufacturers of Solar Pathfinder.
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