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Do Hard Things Conference

Raising Kids to Do Hard Things

Wisdom-packed workshops for parents and grandparents of children of all ages!

An HEAV-Sponsored Event

New Life Providence Church—Deep Creek Campus
423 Shell Road
Chesapeake, VA 23323
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.


Northern Virginia
Specific City & Facility To Be Announced
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.


Register for the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake conference here.

Register for the Northern Virginia conference here. 

View the Schedule.


Welcome to a Better Way to Raise Your Kids


Raising Kids to Do Hard Things is a “family-wisdom workshop.” It provides more than just information about parenting. It’s more than just another motivational talk to try harder. Raising Kids to Do Hard Things is about being wise, and the beginning of wisdom is looking to God and His good purpose for entrusting your children and grandchildren to your care.


What Does It Mean to Do Hard Things?

Gregg Harris says wisdom is an ability that God gives us to see how one thing relates to another in His purposes. God accomplishes a thousand things in everything He does, and in the Christian family, God is saving and raising up men and women of good moral character to shine as lights in this world.

Raising Kids to Do Hard Things is a training workshop for a new generation of “Founding Fathers.” It casts vision for ambassadors for Christ to make their home an embassy of the kingdom of God. It launches teens into their own business ventures and on into the adventure of becoming employers of others. It holds the family up to the light of God’s Word and reveals the wonderful potential of a household willing to be part of the display of God’s goodness and wisdom in this world without getting entangled in the affairs of this world.


Alex & Brett Harris, in order to raise awareness of teens’ capabilities, launched, a movement around the world exhorting youths to do hard things (i.e. to do good works, per Eph. 2:10).

God is raising up parents and grandparents to do hard things as well. The family, as a team, is more effective than any one individual in it can be. A team of like-minded family households, in voluntary association with one another, as an organization, coordinating their efforts and contributing their resources to the cause, are more effective than any one family household alone can be.


The Harris Family


The seven Harris children, in a picture taken in July of 2010, one week before God took their mother, Sono, home.


A Good Track Record

God has used this material to help hundreds of thousands of teens get excited about doing something wonderful with their lives. It heals broken relationship between parents and their kids and between husbands and their wives. It helps grandparents find their proper place on the family team. It can resolve tension between warring siblings and allow them to work as partners and teammates.

What’s more, it can free legalistic parents and teens from religious legalism by introducing them to the grace of God in the gospel. It has rescued nominal believers from their lawlessness by introducing them the lordship of Jesus Christ. It can liberate both permissive parents and overly strict parents from the errors of their ways. It can even help “good families” stop being “good for nothing,” and help them get on track to being good for something really worthwhile. Believe me, no matter who you are, it will help your family as well.


In the workshop you will learn how to:

•    Improve the quality of your family life in several amazing ways.
•    Actually enjoy your kids while you are training. (“Train ‘em till you like ‘em!”)
•    Instill loyalty in your family members to be there for one another during good times and bad. In the times in which we live, this is will be very, very important.
•    Get your kids to start studying for the sheer pleasure of learning.
•    Help your kids find friends who will be their fellow enthusiasts in doing good.
•    Know when and how to discipline your kids, and what to never, ever do.
•    Make the most of your time to make progress toward your family’s goals.
•    Catch the new waves of business opportunity in our changing economy.
•    Distinguish good business ideas from bad ones, and apply godly wisdom.
•    Make effective use of your gadgets without letting them take over your life.
•    How to meet and marry someone who is a good match and who will stay for life. (Be sure to bring any singles you know who want to eventually get married.)
•    Recognize and follow God’s guidance in your life.


Who Should Attend

This is a workshop designed especially for family members, ages 13 and up.  That includes teens, parents, and grandparents, regardless of how young or how old your children and grandchildren may be. Child training, coaching, and encouragement never really end if the relationship remains healthy and strong. Even if you feel like you’ve already lost your kids, don’t lose heart. God can still help you make the most of your situation. He is good, wise, gracious, and kind.

Pastors, Youth and Family Ministers, Christian School Staff, and Homeschool Support-Group Leaders? Yes!  Not only will you enjoy the benefits of attending for your own family, you will find that the workshop supports and strengthens many of the worthy goals you have for your church, youth group, school, or organization.

Please don’t make the mistake of coming all by yourself “just to check it out.” By that time, the opportunity for your members will be gone. Read my references and endorsements below. Consider my Statement of Faith. Call me for a personal interview if you like. I don’t mind. But please, let me help you move your people closer to where you already want them to go in their faith and their family. I have never had any pastor or other Christian leader regret bringing their group to my workshop, but I know of many who have regretted failing to do so.


Saturday Workshop

8 a.m.—Final Check-In

8:30 a.m.—Delight-Directed Study
“I’m bored.” “I’m lonely.” These are two of the most powerful, God-given appetites your kids have. So, don’t waste them! Learn how these appetites relate to the “lost keys of learning.” Learn how people of all ages can learn twice as much in less than half the time, and all while having fun with a few good friends.

9:30 a.m.—Improving Moral Character
It’s one thing to “do hard things,” and it’s another to “do GOOD things” (e.g. robbing a bank is hard, but it’s not good). Jesus tells us that “a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” That means good moral character is neither taught nor caught. It is the fruit of a new nature and a changed heart. So, how can you reach your kids with the truths they need to understand, believe, and obey?

10:30 a.m.—Break

11 a.m.—Protecting Your Right to Raise Your Kids
In each workshop we have arranged to have an attorney who specializes in parental rights come to speak on the issues facing parents today. The family is under attack, and each state has its own battles in the legislatures and the courts. The parents of each child, of all the people on earth, are most likely to have the best interests of the child at heart. That is why parents should be honored and respected before the law.


1 p.m.—Making the Most of Your Time
“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” Well, training your kids to “master time” is one of the most important “twigs” you will ever “bend.” Time management is actually a matter of personal integrity in making yourself do hard things. While you’re at it, why not teach them how to “master space” as well. Their bedroom is a training ground for a future home and workplace. Teach them how to make both time and space work for them.

2 p.m.—Home Businesses for Kids
Once your kids experience the adventure of doing well for themselves by doing good for others, they will never be the same. They will see problems as opportunities. Learn how to use simple “stepping-stone business ventures” in junior high and high school to teach your kids how to make good money. A home business can also be a life-preserver for your family during financial emergencies.

3 p.m.—Break

3:30 p.m.—Dating, Courtship, and Marriage
It’s not good for a man to be alone, and he who finds a wife finds a good thing. But what if you are just 16? When should the road that leads to a lasting marriage begin? How do you meet your match? What is the real purpose of marriage and family? How should families negotiate their differing expectations concerning dating, courtship, length of engagement, marriage, and children? Whose decision is it, anyway? Let me help you help your kids find, win, and marry the right one.

4:30  p.m.—Making The Big Decisions
Adulthood offers many options for kids who do hard things. Travel? College? Employment? Business ownership? Marriage? Children? For these big decisions they need—and we all need—wisdom that comes from above. Learn how God guides us through the Bible.
5:30 p.m.—Close


What others are saying:

“You can’t spend much time with the Harris children… without concluding that their parents have done something remarkable, and have earned the right to be heard.”
– Randy Alcorn, author of Heaven and If God Is Good


“Gregg Harris will stir your thinking beyond the status quo and send you home excited.”
– John and Laura Wojnicki, co-directors of Christian Family Schools, San Diego, CA


“Anyone raising teenagers would benefit from spending some time with Gregg. It will be one of the most beneficial investments you could ever make in your family.”
– Mike Smith, president, HSLDA


“Gregg Harris’s vision of family life is unmatched in its clarity, passion, and practicality.”
– Nancy Pearcey, author of Total Truth


“I thought I would be bored, but Mr. Harris is a good speaker, and what he said made a lot of sense. I’m glad I came.” – a teenager, Kalamazoo, MI


“With this workshop, I did not leave with a handful of nuggets; I left with an entire gold mine. Great insights.” – Kevin D. Grimes, Grimes & Reese: A Professional Company of Attorneys and Counselors, Idaho Falls, ID


“This is a shot of life—a direct injection of inspiration, clear perspective, and focus—on the daunting issues and challenges that are facing us now. A comprehensive workshop! Great teaching. Healthy family guidance, marriage counseling, and powerful evangelism! Thank you!” – Alan Kroger, Chardon, OH


We are all kids of Christ. This workshop is a must for anyone who wishes to live an abundant, Christ-filled life. Very relevant to our times. Thank you.” – Paula J. Yehn


Guarantee of Satisfaction: Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed or your fees will be refunded in full, on-site, with no questions asked.

Volunteer Scholarships are available to all those in need. There is no free ride. But no one is ever turned away for lack of ability to pay. Volunteer helpers are always needed. So be our guest by offering to help us promote and present.

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Have questions about Raising Kids to Do Hard Things? Contact Gregg Harris & Noble Institute


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