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 families to invest in 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, they will go through general stages of development.

Our Family Ministry has identified seven key 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 in our families by helping the child and the parents prepare and equip for the next stretch of their journey together.

View the calendar for upcoming Milestones.


Family Dedication: This milestone marks a special time when parents publicly commit to raising their child(ren) in a Christ-centered home. You are making a commitment to be the parent God called you to be. This ceremony will only be memorable to your children because of the story you will write on their hearts, teaching them to follow Christ. The commitments you make at the ceremony are simply the beginning.
Grades: Typically, children under two years of age; however, all ages are welcome to participate.
Parent Class: Family Dedication Class | This class covers understanding family dedication commitments, the parents' role as primary faith influencers, and the importance of the dads' and moms' roles. This class is required before participating in Family Dedication.
Event: One of our pastors facilitates a public commitment by parents to their child(ren) before God and the church during a Sunday service.
Milestone 1 Resources


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 worldview through Gospel-centered parenting. At this stage, it is more about demonstrating and teaching the gospel that is developmentally appropriate for birth through K.
Grades: Birth - Kindergarten
Milestone 2 Resources


Gospel Foundation: This milestone marks the period for parents to begin intentional Gospel conversations with their children. The Goal is not behavior modification, it is about heart transformation. We are responsible for planting seeds, nurturing, and watering the seeds of faith in our children.  Here at Southbrook, we want to walk alongside parents as they begin this journey with their children.
Grades: K-6th grade
Milestone 3 Resources


Preparing for Adolescence: This milestone marks the passage into adolescence and helps equip parents for the upcoming physical and emotional changes that they are all about to experience in the family.  Here at Southbrook, we want to set aside time with both parent and child to walk through the “4 C’s”: Christ-centered, Changes, Choices, and Communication.  This involves a fun-filled day with your child at a location away from the business and distraction of day-to-day life.
Grades: 5th or 6th Grade 
Parent Class: Introduction to Blessing Retreat
Event: Blessing Retreat | This Blessing Retreat is specifically designed as an all-day event for 5th or 6th grade parents and their children. 


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 Grad
Event: Private event with Family


Rite of Passage: This milestone marks the initial transfer from parent to student of their own understanding and pursuit of Christ. This is when parents start to release their children to develop their understanding and walk with Christ.  
Grades: 9th - 12th Grade
Students: Topics such as relationship with God, relationship with other Christians, and relationship with the world are covered at Students held on Sunday evenings.


Life In Christ: This milestone marks the season of confidently launching students into adulthood and ongoing life in Christ. We have structured this to take place in several parts throughout your student's senior year. Here at Southbrook Church, we want to help walk you through this transition time, helping you launch your students into adulthood well.
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 the platform (May)