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Mr. Phil Downer, Esq.:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



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Downer, Phil

Discipleship Network of America
100 Downers Grove
Signal Mountain, Tennessee (TN)  37377
United States of America (US)

423-886-6362 Voice
423-886-7063 Fax
Keynote Presentations26th Annual NDHSA Convention (2014, ND)
2012 NICHE Conference (2012, IA)
2012 Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators Conference (MACHE) (2012, MN)
Heart for Home School Ministries, Inc. Annual Winter Conference 2012 (2012, NC)
2011 Northwest Arkansas Homeschool Convention - (NWAHSC) (in Searcy) (2011, AR)
2010 21st Annual Heart of Illinois Convention for Home Educators (2010, IL)
2009 Christian Home Educators of Ohio Convention (CHEO) (2009, OH)
2009 MassHOPE Convention (2009, MA)
TEACH of Connecticut 2008 Homeschool Convention (2008, CT)
CHEF Home School Convention and Curriculum Fair (2008, AL)
Featured PresentationsPacific Homeschool SuperConference (HSLDA/CHEA Convention) (2011, CA)
ATI Regional Conference (Advanced Training Institute) in Big Sandy, TX (2010, TX)
ENOCH of NJ 19th Annual Homeschool Convention (2009, NJ)
Prairie States Christian Home Educators 2009 Spring Conference (2009, SD)
2008 South Carolina Home Educators' 18th Annual State Convention (2008, SC)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Resolving Family Conflicts in Truth and Love
Learn the do’s and don’ts of how to bring up and deal with the smoldering issues, keep difficult discussions from escalating, work through the toughest issues, and change negative patterns of interaction to positive ones. It is imperative that we not merely teach our children but work through and resolve old hurts and resentments that can undermine our efforts to grow them into godly leaders. This powerful workshop is designed to help you build relationships that are closer than ever before.

Supporting and Encouraging the Homeschool Mom
This workshop offers encouragement for moms on the challenges of homeschool family life along with tips for how dads can be a vital support to her on issues of sibling conflict, character development, and discipline. Mom needs to take a breather from trying to do everything and find the keys to enjoying deeper relationships with her children. Here she will hear insights on how to see and seize the opportunities in the problems of homeschool family life.

Seeing God Use Your Life to Change the World One Person at a Time
Phil will address practical and biblical approaches to training our children to have the confidence to stand alone as ambassadors for Christ, to be godly leaders, and to be men and women who will be able to influence, lead, and disciple other leaders. This session focuses on the keys to building leaders.

Building World-Changing Leaders for Christ through Homeschooling
Phil will address practical and biblical approaches to training our children to have the confidence to stand alone as ambassadors for Christ, to be godly leaders, and to be men and women who will be able to influence, lead, and disciple other leaders. This session focuses on the keys to building leaders.

The Homeschool Marriage – From Surviving to Thriving
Every day, the homeschool marriage experiences high levels of stress, a frantic pace of life, and competing priorities which work to pull it apart at the seams. If all these forces are carefully dealt with, however, the result can be a marriage and family that is not only surviving, but truly thriving. This workshop deals with planning, communication, teamwork, and the primary obstacles that threaten to rob your marriage and family of relational harmony, peace of mind, and fruitfulness.

Dad’s Irreplaceable Role
This is a practical and biblical session on the father's role in training the homeschool family and leading the home. Dad needs to be engaged in instructing, but also in building strong character and strong relationships. He is called to be a strong leader and yet gentle and humble. He is not just a coach, but God’s player-coach. And one of the most powerful secrets of how Dad can be all these things is to start by being a three letter word: fun!

The Keys to Godly Discipline
Every one of our children presented unique discipline challenges—and some of them were masters at turning our home into World War III! This session is packed with life stories, practical advice, problem-solving skills for your most diffi cult discipline problems, and most importantly, how to shape the behavior of your child without losing your child’s heart.

Mom and Dad Successfully Implementing Sexual Purity for the Family
This workshop focuses on the practical and biblical steps we can take to overcome the destruction of sexual morality in the family and Christian community today. It offers positive ways to walk in righteousness, which will build confidence, strength and leadership into your children. The goal is for them to not merely survive, but thrive in their God-given roles. (For moms, dads, and young men age 13 and up.)

Leaving a Godly Legacy: Discipling Your Children
It is the passion and prayer of every loving parent’s heart, but what does it take to build the authentic relationships with our children necessary for them to become a lasting, living legacy? This session is dedicated to exactly that question, and to sending you away with a toolbox packed-full with the everyday ideas, strategies, activities, and methods for being a fun parent, building strong relationships with your kids, and raising them to faithfully live for the glory of God and the good of others.

Healing Wounds in a Family Between Generations
All too many home school families struggle along alone and discouraged with the hurt and wounds that come from anger, controlling relationships, rejection, fear, insecurity, and relational brokenness. That's our family's story as well. This session attacks these issues head-on. We share from our experiences, struggles, and failures how God wants to equip each of us to engage and heal the brokenness of our lives between generations, which will enable our children to break free of the negative multi-generational patterns of belief and behavior that were passed down to us.

Giving Home School Teens a Vision to Change the World
In this session we will be confronting complacency, mediocrity and the sense of entitlement. The workshop provides building blocks for mentoring young people in preparation for great service with an expanding vision to serve their heavenly Father as kingdom builders. Discover the steps to channeling the energy, creativity, and imagination of children into the greater service of the Lord.

Building Relationships with Peers and Parents

Teaching Your Children How to Work with Godly Diligence


Phil's Achievements

Founder and President: Discipleship Network of America (DNA Ministries)
Vietnam Veteran Attorney
Author:  Eternal Impact: Investing in the Lives of Others
Author:  Eternal Impact: Investing in the Lives of Men
Co-author:  Unlimited Partnership: Building Intimacy and Teamwork Into Your Marriage
Editor and Co-author:  Effective Men's Ministry
Author:  A Father's Reward Raising Your Children to Walk in the Truth
Author:  Optimize Your Marriage: Make an Eternal Impact on Family and Friends
Author:  Just an Ordinary Man (The Principles of Godly Leadership)
Author:  Brave Strong and Tender in Everyday Spiritual Battles
Author:  A Witness in the Workplace
Author:  Finding True Success: God's Plan for the Business of Life
Author:  From Hell to Eternity
Former Marine

Downer's Bio

Phil Downer is married to Susy Downer, with whom she sometimes speaks at conferences. Phil and Susy Downer are the parents of Paul Downer, who often speaks with his father.

Notes"Phil Downers first couple of sentences were instantly captivating for me and hundreds of other men at the Iron Sharpens Iron men's conference in Tequesta, Florida where I hear Phil and Paul Downer (father and son) for the first time on March 21, 2009. Phil's background is that of a man's man as a combat Vietnam vet. His professional history as an attorney quickly garners the respect of secular intellectuals. And, the quality that is most impressive to me and other who love the Savior is Phil's passion for exhorting and encouraging others in the discipleship of the Christian faith." ---Allen Wolfe, Author of Balancing the Sword
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Date Created11/3/2008 11:44:12 PM
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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Phil Downer and other workshop leaders and speakers. Furthermore, my desire is to help homeschool workshop leaders and speakers develop relationships with more convention planners and audiences. May your efforts be for the glory of Christ and the strengthening of His saints.

Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the speakers' faith, ability, materials, etc.  This speaker profile information is being provided free of charge.  Please click the links and do your own research before issuing an invitation to your conference.  Postings are subject to change.


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