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Milestones

We believe that parents are to be the primary spiritual influence in their child’s life, but not the only influence. Also, God has given His Church a tremendous role in the nurturing and shaping of their heart. We consider it a tremendous privilege to come alongside of families to invest into the next generation of Christ followers together!

Milestones represent the spiritual pathway for families at Southbrook as their children journey from birth to adulthood. Although not all children develop at exactly the same pace, according to their age or grade level, there are general stages of development that they will go through. 

Our Family Ministry has identified seven key developmental milestones that we believe are important to acknowledge and celebrate with our families. Along with celebrating each milestone, as they are reached, we also invest into our families by helping the child and the parents to be prepared and equipped for the next stretch of their journey together. 

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Family Dedication:  This milestone marks a special time when parents make a public commitment to raise their child in a Christ-centered home.

Grades: For children under 2 years of age

Parent Class: Family Dedication Class | This class covers the understanding Family Dedication commitments, the parents' role as primary faith influencers, and the importance of the Dad and Mom roles. 

Event: Public commitment to their child or children before God and the church

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Gospel Discovery:  This milestone is an introduction for parents to gain an understanding of their child’s social and emotional development. Parents will gain knowledge on how to influence the shaping of their child’s world view through Gospel-centered parenting.

Grades: Birth - Kindergarten

Parent Class: Gospel Discovery Class

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Gospel Foundation: 

This milestone marks the period for parents to begin intentional Gospel conversations with their children.

Grades: K-6th grade

Parent Class: Intentional Discipleship in the home

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Preparing for Adolescence: This milestone marks the passage to adolescence and helps equip parents for the upcoming physical and emotionally changes.

Grades: 6th Grade 

Parent Class: Introduction to Blessing Retreat

Event: Blessing Retreat | This Blessing Retreat is specifically designed for 6th grade parents and their 6th graders as an all day event.  We will focus on four major topics called the “4 C’s”: Christ-Centered, Changes, Choices, and Communication.

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Integrity In Christ:  This milestone marks the season of a student's spiritual development in which parents cultivate their personal convictions and encourage them towards a life of faithfulness and consistency.  

Grades: 6th - 8th Grade

Parent Class: Part 1 - Purposeful Changes, Part 2 - Living with Integrity

Event: Private event with Family

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Rite of Passage: This milestone marks the initial transfer from parent to student of their own understanding and pursuit of Christ.  

Grades: 9th - 12th Grade

Student Class: Relationship with God, Relationship with other Christians, and Relationship with the world (6 weeks)

Parent Meeting: Equipping for the Launch

Event: Private event with Parents

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Life In Christ: This milestone marks the season of confidently launching students into adulthood and ongoing life in Christ.

Grades: 12th Grade

Student Class: Preparing to Launch

Event: Senior Send-off | Parent Coffee (August) Parent & Senior Coffee (January), Senior Dinner with Parents & Seniors (May) and Senior Graduation acknowledgment from platform (May)