Tackling Tough Transitions in Homeschooling

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SBCHEA Conference Focuses on Exit Strategies at Both Ends of Spectrum

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Exit Strategies and distinguished guests headline the second annual Kingdom Education Summit on June 14th in Greensboro, NC. The annual conference hosted by the Southern Baptist Church and Home Education Association (SBCHEA) tackles the two tough transitions of homeschooling; exiting from public school and the exit from homeschool into higher education. Over the course of the event, scheduled to coincide with the 2006 SBC Annual Meeting, pastors, parents and other guests will hear from distinguished guest speakers including Nathan Finn of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Russell Moore of Southern Seminary, and Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury of Union University.

Nathan Finn is an associate archivist at the Seminary as well as a Baptist historian and writer. His support of homeschooling has been documented through several articles including a feature in Baptist Press in which he stated "The good news is, there are some encouraging trends in evangelicalism that just might help bring about a needed reformation in Christian parenting. First there is homeschooling. While not for every family, many a parent has realized that homeschooling provides a natural atmosphere where they can actively evangelize and disciple their children."

"Greg Thornbury is perhaps the brightest young theologian in Baptist life today. His deep commitments to the church, to Baptist life, to Union University, to the orthodox Christian faith and to the vision of this institution make him an ideal person to lead the expanding work of the School of Christian Studies," said Dr. David Dockery, president of oldest Southern Baptist university, on Thornbury's recent election as the first Dean of Dean of the School of Christian Studies at Union University.

The two are among many guest speakers who are set to appear on topics answering a variety of homeschooling questions specific to the Southern Baptist community including: how to begin homeschooling, how can a pastor make his church more homeschool-friendly, how do I help start a homeschooling co-op in my church, how can we plant a family-integrated church, how we can we design a rigorous, Christ-centered college preparatory program for our homeschooled highschooler, how can we help our children become eligible for scholarships to our Southern Baptist colleges and universities, and are there workshops and internships available within the Southern Baptist Convention?

Participating Southern Baptist educational institutions include Boyce College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, The College at Southwestern and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

For more information on the Kingdom Education Summit or to arrange an interview contact Mrs. Elizabeth Watkins at (972) 213-5460 or via email.

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Southern Baptist Church and Home Education Association
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