May 17

2 p.m. Webinar

Do you need help thinking through how to respond to children with gender identity issues?

Or maybe you just need help understanding the issue so you are better prepared to respond to it. This presentation will provide practical information for navigating gender identity issues in the local church.

Two major issues are confronting the church today. One is the way popular media is working to normalize gender identity issues and change sexual norms in our society. Children who are exposed to these efforts on a regular basis may raise difficult questions that parents and church leaders may struggle to answer from a Biblical perspective in a clear and age-appropriate way.

The second issue facing churches is addressing steps churches can take to protect themselves from legal recourse around these issues through proactively creating policy and adjusting church by-laws.

Join us on Tuesday, May 17th at 2:00 pm (EST) by Zoom as Dr. Shelly Melia, program director for the Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry and the Master of Arts in Family Ministry at Dallas Baptist University helps us navigate these issues in the local church.

Cost:
This is a free event.

Featured Speaker

Dr. Shelly Melia

Speaker
Shelly Melia serves as the program director for the Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry and the Master of Arts in Family Ministry at Dallas Baptist University. Prior to coming to DBU, she served for more than 25 years in children’s and family ministry in Oklahoma, Florida and Texas. Dr. Melia is also a licensed professional counselor specializing in grief and resilience. She holds an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, two master’s degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy from B.H. Carroll Theological Institute.

Dr. Melia has spoken at national conferences such as ETCH Family Ministry Conference, D6 Family Ministry Conference and the Children’s Pastors’ Conference. In addition, she is a frequent speaker for local churches and state conventions in Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and Missouri. Most recently, she contributed a chapter titled “The Role of Faith or Spirituality in a Child’s Response to Loss” to the new book “Bridging Theory and Practice in Children’s Spirituality.”

Contact us for more information.

Email [email protected] or call (800) 395-5102, ext. 5646

Contact us for more information.

Email [email protected] or call (800) 395-5102, ext. 5646

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