EE Webinar: Preparing Kids to Think Critically in a Secular World by Natasha Crain
February 6, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Time–February 6, 2020 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Online - Zoom
Early Education Webinar: Preparing Kids to Think Critically in a Secular World by Natasha Crain
Thur., Feb. 6, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
It's no secret that today's world is becoming increasingly secular and is strongly challenging the faith of young Christians. Research has repeatedly shown that at least 60 percent of young adults are walking away from Christianity, in large part due to intellectual challenges to their beliefs. Apologetics--the case for and defense of the truth of Christianity--is a necessary foundation for kids to have in order to think critically about faith in the midst of these secular challenges. Many assume, however, that such training is only appropriate and relevant for high school age youth. To the contrary, we can and should begin helping kids form a more robust Christian worldview as early as preschool. In this webinar national speaker, author and blogger, Natasha Crain, will share eight key pieces of understanding that Christian educators can help young kids develop that will prepare them to more thoughtfully engage with questions of faith in today's secular world.
This webinar is ideal for early education teachers and leaders.
About our presenter: Natasha Crain is a national speaker, author, and blogger who is passionate about equipping Christian parents to raise their kids with an understanding of how to make a case for and defend their faith in an increasingly secular world. She is the author of two apologetics books for parents: Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side and Talking with Your Kids about God. Her third book, Talking with Your Kids about Jesus, will release in March 2020. Natasha has an MBA from UCLA and a certificate in Christian apologetics from Biola University. A former marketing executive and adjunct professor, Natasha lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. She writes at www.natashacrain.com
CEUs: ACSI members will receive .17 (one clock hour) of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for your participation in the webinar. To claim your CEUs, be sure to submit an assessment at the end of the webinar. Please allow two weeks for your certificate to be uploaded to your Virtual Professional Portfolio (VPP).
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