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Bio For Homeschool Audiences
Chap Bettis is the author of The Disciple-Making Parent: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Raising Your Children to Love and Follow Jesus Christ and the executive director of The Apollos Project, a ministry devoted to helping parents disciple their children. For the previous 25 years, he was lead pastor in a New England church plant. He also wrote Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied and The Fearless Apologetics Curriculum.

He and his wife, Sharon, have homeschooled their four adult children for their entire grade school and high school experience. As a pastor in New England for the past 25 years, Chap understands both the word of God and the everyday issues of family life. In addition, Chap grew up in a Christian home and wrestled with questions about the faith. As an apologetics teacher for the past 12 years, he understands and has helped numerous young people overcome those nagging questions.

When he is not ministering the word, Chap likes cycling, skiing, reading, and checking out restaurants with his wife. You can follow him on twitter @chapbettis or on his blog.

Possible Speaking Topics
The Disciple-Making Parent: Raising Your Children to Love and Follow Jesus Christ – The reason we started homeschooling was to disciple our children. Unfortunately, we can become so busy educating them that we forget to disciple them. In our time together, we will think about: why young people walk away from the faith, why they stay, and what we as parents should focus on. Come learn how to keep the main thing the main thing.

Gospel Truths that Homeschoolers Forget – We believe in the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. So why do so many of our homeschools not reflect that gospel? Why having started in the Spirit, are we now homeschooling in the flesh? Come be reminded of the gospel truths we forget. You will leave encouraged!

Parenting with Confidence in a World Gone Mad – You started your family with high ideals. But now your day is filled with problems. Basic parenting principles have become fuzzy. Or maybe you never had any biblical teaching on raising children. Do you need to hit the reset button? This session will take you back to basic biblical precepts from God’s Word. You will leave with hope and a plan.

Raising Children to Be Courageous Communicators for Christ – We live in a culture growing increasingly hostile to Christianity. But God can use our words to affect minds and hearts. Come learn about the power of apologetics and worldview in the life of your family and how to raise confident, courageous communicators who will make a difference in the world.

Secrets Successful Homeschool Fathers Know – Dads play a crucial role in homeschooling. Our involvement is crucial to a flourishing family experience. Men, come join Chap as we talk frankly about the successes, mistakes, difficulties, and lessons learned from 20 years of homeschooling four children.

Aaron and His Sons: Understanding the Dangers of Passive Fathering – In Leviticus 10 we read the serious disobedience of Aaron’s four sons. Could their sin have been connected to Aaron’s passivity as a father? In this session for men will examine our enemy of spiritual passivity and talk about strategies to defeat it.

No Tears Family Devotions – Family Devotions can become the Holy Grail of Christian family life. Have family devotions consistently and you are a “good example.” Admit that you fail… and well let’s just say you are a second class Christian family. While family devotions is not the magic bullet of discipleship, there is something beautiful about Dad, Mom, and children opening the Word of God together. In our time together, you will learn what to aim for in family devotions, the rewards, and strategies for conducting “No Tears Devotions.”

Prodigals: A Conversation and Some Strategies – Jesus’ story of the prodigal son is one of his most beloved stories. Many homeschool parents also know the pain of having a prodigal. In our time together we will discuss situations we are currently facing and think about some biblical principles to guide us going forward. This session will be saturated with gospel hope and will not be recorded to allow for greater openness.

The Incredible Power of the Donut Date – For many children, their hearts leave home long before their bodies do. Malachi 4 tells us that while sin turns the hearts of family members away, the gospel of Christ turns those same hearts toward each other. In our time together, you will learn powerful heart-connecting attitudes, communication strategies, scientific research, and one habit that will pay off for the rest of your child’s life.

Patient Parenting: Overcoming Your Anger in the Homeschool – Anger is one of the most common sins in the home. And yet it is hidden away. The only people that see it and feel it are our family members. Could the reason you are caught in a sin-confess-sin cycle be because you never understood all of what God has to say about this issue. Come get a handle on this common, but defeat able foe.

Sample Sessions

Gospel Truths that Homeschoolers Forget

The Disciple-Making Parent: Raising Your Children to Love and Follow Jesus Christ

Aaron and His Sons: Understanding the Danger of Passive Parenting

Raising Children to Be Courageous Communicators for Christ

Parenting with Confidence in a World Gone Mad

 

References
Rev. Walt Grayum, Past President, Mass Hope (Massachusetts Homeschool Association) – “His presentation of parenting as disciple-making is timely, practical, and so needed. As a former pastor, he has a shepherd’s heart for parents and families.” Full letter is here.

Amy Brock, Past President, RIGHT (RI homeschool association) – “Chap is an excellent interactive speaker with compelling information to share with Christian parents.” Full letter is here.

Article for Newsletter

The Disciple-Making Parent – Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing