Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Who is the troublemaker in your group of students? Who is the kid who distracts all the others or simply makes your job ten times harder? Who is the kid you find it hard to stay mad at because you know what his or her home life is like? We are trained to partner with the parent in our services, but which kids don’t have a healthy parent at home to nourish them?
If a particular student’s face has come to mind, then this course is for you, whether you serve children and youth as a paid staff member or as a volunteer.
Kids from neglectful or abusive families are ‘Bluebonnet Children’. They’ve grown in very poor soil but are still capable of producing lovely blossoms. Whether you serve in a school, nonprofit program, or the local church, this course will equip you with helpful tools and inspire you with hope-filled stories. While the story of the Bluebonnet Child is heavy, in Christ there is hope.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Meg Calvin’s roots are in Texas, but she has served in the Sunflower State as the Director of Children’s and Family Ministry at First United Methodist Church of Winfield, Kansas, for nearly a decade. Meg is the author of The Bluebonnet Child; Finding Grace in Poor Soil, and she has a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Southwestern College of Kansas and an MA in Children’s and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary of Minnesota. She presents workshops at teachers’ conferences on how best to serve kids from troubled homes. In January 2018, she will lead a breakout session on The Bluebonnet Child, worship for children, and the recruitment and nurturing of volunteers at the large Children’s Pastor’s Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Meg loves Fitbit challenges, reading the autobiographies of comedians, learning Spanish, antiquing, and game nights with friends. She and her husband spend most of their free-time playing tag with their young daughter. She blogs at www.thebluebonnetchild.com and with other Bethel alumni at www.corycenter.org in hopes of equipping other Children’s Pastors.
Past Students Said…
“I liked the book club format with two or three discussion questions per day and really enjoyed the live session.”
“I loved the book! I loved having an excuse to have to make time to read it! Meg was great and I appreciate all of her work in this area!”
“This book club gave me a time to refresh and renew my thoughts. I loved the videos on how our brain operates. There were so many nuggets throughout each day that I have been able to remind myself to utilize especially on how to respond to the parents and the child.”
“I learned a lot about poverty and why people act and react the way they do, I also learned positive ways to interact with families of children in hard places.”
“I got what I was looking for when I signed up, which had to do with messaging for at-risk kids. I also gained much more than I expected.”