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Portland Area — Raising Kids to Do Hard Things

Gregg Harris & Noble Institute

Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

Portland Area — Raising Kids to Do Hard Things

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Portland, OR

Saturday, May 17, 2014,

8:30 am to 5:30 pm



Hosted by The Sunnyside Classical Conversations Co-Op
& The Romanian Baptist Church of Portland

“You can’t spend much time with the Harris children... without concluding that their parents have done something remarkable, and have earned the right to be heard.” 
— Randy Alcorn, 
Author of Heaven & If God is Good

"With this workshop, I did not leave with just a handful of nuggets, I left with an entire gold mine. Great insights.” 
— Kevin D. Grimes
Grimes & Reese: A Professional Company of
 Attorneys and Counselors, Idaho Falls, ID

Welcome to A Better Way to Raise Your Kids

Gregg Harris Speaking


Raising Kids to do Hard Things is a "family-wisdom workshop." It provides more than just information about parenting. It's also more than just another motivational talk to try harder. Raising Kids to Do Hard Things is about being wise, and the beginning of wisdom is to stop ignoring God and His good purpose for entrusting your children and grandchildren to your care.

Wisdom is an ability that God gives us to see how one thing relates to another in His purposes. God accomplishes a thousand things in everything He does, and in the Christian family God is saving and raising up men and women of good moral character to shine as lights in this world.

Alex & Brett

My son's, Alex & Brett, have done a good job of raising awareness of what teens are capable of. TheRebelution.com has helped launch a movement around the world to do hard things (i.e. to do good works Eph. 2:10).

But God is raising up parents and grandparents to do hard things as well.  The family, as a team, is more effective than any one individual in it can be. A team of like-minded family-households in voluntary association with one another, as an organization, coordinating their efforts and contributing their resources to the cause are more effective than any one family-household alone can be.

Raising Kids to Do Hard Things is a training workshop for a new generation of "Founding Fathers." It casts vision for ambassadors for Christ to make their home an embassy of the kingdom of God. It launches teens into their own business ventures and on into the adventure of becoming employers of others. It holds the family up to the light of God's word and reveals the wonderful potential of a household willing to part of the display of God's goodness and wisdom in this world without getting entangled in the affairs of this world.
The Harris Kids in 2010

These are my own seven kids, in a picture taken in July of 2010, one week before God took my dear wife Sono home to be with Him in heaven. I am a single father now. All but my two youngest children are now married and well on their way in life. The victories and the the trials continue to come in waves. As my wife loved to say, "Life is hard, but God is good."

Invest in the Wisdom You Need For Your Family

Allow me to speak pointedly. American parents are willing to cancel everything to attend their child's funeral, but nothing to avoid having that funeral. There will always be some sports event or recreational activity going on on the Saturday of the workshop. So how will you invest your time? What are you willing to cancel?

Don't wait for the "idiot lights" in your family to start glowing red before you take appropriate action. Invest in your kids while you can still make a difference.  Don't wait until it's too late. Wishful thinking, living in denial and ignoring all the clues that you see will only lead to a future full of regret.Your kids sports event will still be there the following week, but this workshop will be over. Choose to invest in wisdom.

We Have a Good Track Record

God has used this workshop to help thousands of teens get excited about doing something wonderful with their lives. It heals broken relationship between parents and their kids and between husbands and their wives. It helps grandparents find their proper place on the family team. It can resolve tension between warring siblings and allow them to work as partners and team mates.

It frees legalistic parents and teens from legalism by introducing them to God's grace in the gospel. Iit rescues nominal believers from lawlessness by introducing them the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It liberates both permissive parents and overly strict parents from the errors of their ways. It also helps those good families out there stop being good for nothing, and helps them get on track to being good for something wonderful. Believe me, it can help your family as well.

In the workshop you will learn how to:
    •    Improve the quality of your family life in several amazing ways.
    •    Actually enjoy your kids while you are training (Train 'em till you like 'em!).
    •    Instill loyalty in your family members to be there for one another during good times and bad. In the times in which we live, this is will be very, very important.
    •    Get your kids to start studying for the sheer pleasure of learning.
    •    Help your kids find friends who will be their fellow enthusiasts in doing good.

    •    Know when & how to discipline your kids, and what to never, ever do.
    •    Make the most of your time to make progress toward your family’s goals.
    •    Catch the new waves of business opportunity in our changing economy.
    •    Distinguish good business ideas from bad ones, and apply godly wisdom.
    •    Make effective use of your gadgets without letting them take over your life.

    •    How to meet and marry someone who is a good match and who will stay for life (Be sure to bring any singles you know who want to eventually get married).
    •    Recognize and follow God's guidance in your life.

Who Should Attend?
This is a workshop designed especially for family members, ages 13 and up.  That includes parents and grandparents, regardless of how young or how old your children and grandchildren may be. Child training, coaching and encouragement never really end if the relationship remains healthy and strong. Even if you feel like you've already lost your kids, don't lose heart. God can still help you make the most of your situation. He is good, wise, gracious and kind.

Teens? Yes! Bring your teens. If your teens are willing to attend with you, so much the better. The material presented in this workshop should not be kept secret from them. There is no manipulation or psychological trick involved.  In fact, what I teach is even more effective when everyone in the family understands what the family's goals are and how the family, as a team, intends to get there. So, your kids, ages 16 and up, are all welcome to attend with you. Note: It is not necessary that they attend. Bring them if they are willing. But come alone if you must.

Single Parents, or One Parent or Another? Yes! Certainly it is best if Moms and Dads can both attend a workshop like this together. Many of the ideas presented will strengthen your marriage, improve your finances and energize your family life. But again, it is not necessary for both parents to attend. Come together if you can, but come alone if you must. As for single parents (and those who just feel like single parents most of the time), you should also make every effort to attend. All of the material presented will be applicable to your situation regardless of your family's circumstances. Though I cannot make up for your missing spouse, I can help you make the most of your situation (Note: I myself am a single father, as I became a widower in 2010).

Grandparents? Yes! Grandparents still have a wonderful part to play in the lives of their adult children and grandchildren. You are not there to spoil them, but rather to reinforce the good things their parents are doing as much as possible. Just remember, though you are still on the team, you are no longer the "captains" of the team as you were in the past. If your kids have invited you to attend this workshop with them, they are honoring you and asking you to stay engaged in helping them to raise your grandchildren. Be grateful for that and come to the workshop with every intention to make their task easier and less stressful. That way, everyone wins, but especially your grandchildren.

Pastors, Youth & Family Ministers, Christian School Staff & Home School Support-Group Leaders? Yes!  Not only will you enjoy the benefits of attending for your own family, you will find that the workshop supports and strengthens many of the worthy goals you have for your church, youth group, school or organization.

Don't make the mistake of coming all by yourself just to check it out. By that time the opportunity will be gone. Read my references and endorsements. Consider my Statement of Faith. Call me for a personal interview if you have to. I don't mind. But please let me help you move your people closer to where you want them to go in their faith and their family. I have never had any pastor or other Christian leader regret bringing a group to my workshop, but I know many who have regretted not doing so.

Saturday Workshop Schedule:

8 am Final Check-In

8:30 am Delight-Directed Study
“I’m bored.” “I’m lonely.” These are two of the most powerful, God-given appetites your kids have. So, don’t waste them! Learn how these appetites relate to the “lost keys of learning.” Learn how people of all ages can learn twice as much in less than half the time, and all while having fun with a few good friends.

Improving Moral Character  

It’s one thing to Do Hard Things and it’s another to do GOOD Things (e.g. robbing a bank is hard, but it’s not good). Jesus tells us that “a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” That means good moral character is neither taught nor caught. It is the fruit of a new nature and a changed heart. So, how can you reach your kids with the truths they need to understand, believe and obey?

10:30 am Break

11 am Child Training God’s Way
God trains His kids with five basic techniques that lead each child of God on to greater responsibility & freedom. We can follow God’s example with your own kids, training them up in “the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Whether you are new new parents of babes and toddlers, or parents of teens, this session will help you.

12:00 Noon Lunch Break

1:00 pm Making the Most of Your Time
“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” Well, training your kids to “master time” is one of the most important “twigs” you will ever “bend.” Time management is actually a matter of personal integrity in making yourself do hard things. While you’re at it, why not teach them how to “master space” as well. Their bedroom is a training ground for a future home and workplace. Teach them how to make both time and space work for them.

2 pm Home Businesses for Kids

Once your kids experience the adventure of doing well for themselves by doing good for others, they will never be the same. They will see problems as opportunities. Learn how to use simple “stepping-stone business ventures” in Jr. High & High School to teach your kids how to make good money. A home business can also be a life-preserver for your family during financial emergencies.

3:00 pm Break

3:30 pm Dating, Courtship & Marriage

It’s not good for a man to be alone, and he who finds a wife finds a good thing. But what if you are just 16? When should the road that leads to a lasting marriage begin? How do you meet your match? What is the real purpose of marriage and family? How should families negotiate their differing expectations concerning dating, courtship, length of engagement, marriage & children? Whose decision is it anyway? Let me help you help your kids find, win and marry the right one.

4:30 Making The Big Decisions

Adulthood offers many options for kids who do hard things. Travel? College? Employment? Business ownership? Marriage? Children? For these big decisions they need (and we all need) wisdom that comes from above. Learn how God guides us through the Bible.
5:30 PM Close

What others are saying about me & my workshops:
“You can’t spend much time with the Harris children... without concluding that their parents have done something remarkable, and have earned the right to be heard.” 
— Randy Alcorn, 
Author of Heaven & If God is Good

“Gregg Harris will stir your thinking beyond the status quo and send you home excited.”
—John and Laura Wojnicki, Co-Directors of 
Christian Family Schools, San Diego, CA

“Anyone raising teenagers would benefit from spending some time with Gregg. It will be one of the most beneficial investments you could ever make in your family.”
— Mike Smith, President, HSLDA 

“Gregg Harris’ vision of family life is unmatched in its clarity, passion & practicality.”
— Nancy Pearcey
Author of Total Truth

“I thought I would be bored, but Mr. Harris is a good speaker, and what he said made a lot of sense. I’m glad I came.”
— a Teenager, Kalamazoo, MI

"With this workshop, I did not leave with a handful of nuggets, I left with an entire gold mine. Great insights.” 
— Kevin D. Grimes
Grimes & Reese: A Professional Company of
 Attorneys and Counselors, Idaho Falls, ID

"This is a shot of life, a direct injection of inspiration, clear perspective, and focus on the daunting issues and challenges that are facing us now. A comprehensive workshop! Great teaching. Healthy family guidance, marriage counseling and powerful evangelism! Thank you!"—Alan Kroger, Chardon, OH

"We are all kids of Christ.This workshop is a must for anyone who wishes to live an abundant, Christ-filled life. Very relevant to our times. Thank you." — Paula J. Yehn

My Guarantee of Satisfaction: Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed or your fees will be refunded in full, on-site, with no questions asked. I know that my workshops deliver even more life-changing value than I promise.

Volunteer Scholarships are available to all those in need. There is no free ride. But no one is ever turned away for lack of ability to pay. Volunteer helpers are always needed. So be our guest by offering to help us promote and present.

Additional Workshop Hosts, Dates & Locations Welcomed: Raising Kids to Do Hard Things is available to be hosted by local churches, Christian schools, churches & state home school associations. Our hope is always to serve the greatest number of people possible in each event. But no venue is ever too small to serve. Visit www.NobleInstitute.org for more information.

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Romanian Baptist Church of Portland
10115 SE Stanley Ave
Portland, OR 97222

Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

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