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Mr. James McDonald:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



McDonald, James

Peoria, Illinois (IL)  
United States of America (US)
Keynote PresentationsAPHEA - Alaska State Convention
Christian Heritage Home Educators of Washington Homeschooling and Family Discipleship Conference (2007)
Covenant Presbyterian Church - California Family Camp
Renewing the Family - New Mexico
MCHE - Montana State Convention
Michiana Christian Home Educators (MCHE) Homeschool Convention in Mishawaka, IN (2008)
NTHEN - North Texas Convention
NICHE - Iowa State Convention
MCHE - Missouri State Convention
INCH - Michigan State Convention
CHEF-AL - Alabama State Convention
Mass HOPE - Massachusetts State Convention
LEAH - New York State Convention
CHENH - New Hampshire State Convention
OCHEC - Ontario Province Convention
2013 Illinois Christian Home Educator's Annual State Convention (ICHE) (2013, IL)
Prairie States Christian Home Educators 2010 Spring Conference (2010, SD)
MACHS Annual Conference (2010, MB)
2009 Teaching Parents Association's Homeschool Conference (TPA) (2009, KS)
2009 SHEM Home Education Convention (2009, MO)
2009 SWIHE 15th Annual Homeschool Convention (2009, IN)
2008 NTHEN Summer Conference & BookFair (2008, TX)
Featured Presentations29th Annual Michigan Home Education Convention (INCH) (2012, MI)
2009 Illinois Christian Home Educator's Annual State Convention (ICHE) (2009, IL)
Workshop Presentations2011 22nd Annual Heart of Illinois Convention for Home Educators (2011, IL)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Cathedral Building: Developing a Multi-Generational Vision (Keynote)
We live in a day when building cathedrals is a thing of the past—now we set up church in strip malls or warehouses. Those who spent their lives building cathedrals had a vision toward future generations. We selfishly build for the moment. Similarly, we do not consider how our actions today are impacting the future of our children and our children's children. What would we change if we had the same generational vision as the cathedral builder? How would we live? What would we teach our children? Join James as he compares the process, faithfulness and labor of constructing a cathedral with building a legacy of faithful sons and daughters.

Family Worship--The Key to Family Contentment
Discover the wonder and joy of family worship. Over the ages, this time-tested family institution has been all but forgotten by an individualistic society in bondage to the daily grind. James McDonald shares the history and blessings of a healthy family worship time. Practical steps and resources are available.

Don't be a Homeschool Dropout OR Counting the Cost: Preventing Home School Drop Outs: (Parents, that is)

In public school, it is the student who drops out. In homeschool, it is often the parents. Those of us in the trenches know that homeschooling is not always easy. Join James as he explores the reasons why families choose to homeschool and the reasons why some give up. This is a must for frustrated parents-or those wishing to support others homeschooling families.

Passing the Scepter: What We Should Really Teach Our Sons
We can all agree that reading, writing, and rithmetic are very important to homeschooling success. But, is an academic concentration the focus that will really shape leaders for the future? Based on the Book of Proverbs, this workshop centers on the lessons of a father to his son and relates these ancient sayings to todays young men.

The Heart of the Matter: Guiding Our Children into Pure Marriages (with wife, Stacy)
Modern dating provides our children and young adults with lessons in breaking up (practice for divorce) and emotional heartache rather than how to form solid relationships and permanent biblical commitments. Parents, especially fathers, are generally kept out of the loop and, consequently, covenantal fences of protection are gone as well. Scriptural principles for parental involvement and marital training are examined while parents and their children discuss ways to apply them in their own homes. A question and answer session on purity, dating, courtship, and betrothal, moderated by James and Stacy McDonald

Counting the Cost of Giving Up: Help & Hope for the Fearful or Frustrated Homeschooler
In public school, it is the student who drops out. In homeschool it is often the parents. Those of us in the trenches know that homeschooling is not always easy. Join James as he explores the reasons why families choose to homeschool and the reasons why some give up. This is a must for frustrated parents or those wishing to support other homeschooling families.

Homeschooling: The Catalyst for Family Reformation (Keynote)
There are many goals people have when they consider homeschooling, but perhaps the most unexpected result of this decision is the impact it has on the spiritual temperature of the family. Find out how reforming our families can promote reformation in the Church today. With sincerity and humor James McDonald shares testimony of his own familys journey through family reformation.

The Invisible Cord: God's Hand in History
Since the dawn of time God's hand has been writing the story of history. We often fail to see it, but He has been directing the steps of mankind since the beginning. In 50 minutes, James McDonald takes you on an exciting ride through the past, revealing how God has worked, often behind the scenes, to build His church and His people.

Tending the Garden:  How to Support Your Homeschooling Wife (For Men Only)
Using the analogy of tending a garden, James McDonald lists ways a homeschooling husband must lead and shelter his wife. Often, the burden of teaching falls on the mother. The way her husband protects, nourishes, and supports her can be the difference between success and failure. 

Principles in Courtship
There is no "one size fits all" approach to Christian courtship. But there are certain principles that can be applied to successfully guide our children through the process. Join Pastor James McDonald as he shares from the Word - and from his experience - on this important topic.

Living for Jesus in a Pagan Land
America is a land far from her Christian roots. Indeed, it may be said that we are plummeting into the darkness of paganism. In such days, how should the Christian respond? How can we rebuild? How can we hold on? Is there a future for our children? We, as homeschoolers, can make a real difference in times like these when we learn what the Bible has to say about such days. We are not the first to live in challenging times. Reflecting on Jacob’s journey to Egypt helps us understand how we can be used of God to make a difference, and not only survive, but thrive!

Guarding the Gate: A Father’s Role in Modesty
Churches are filled each week with wives and daughters who are dressed in a way that would have gotten them arrested less than a hundred years ago. So how did she make it past dear old Dad? How is it that the pastor preached unfazed? Join James as he confronts the issue of immodesty in our culture and find out how the way we dress reflects how we view God and ultimately how we communicate Christ to the world.

The Secret to Faithfulness: A Sermon by George Whitfield
George Whitfield was one of America's first evangelists. He traveled to the American colonies proclaiming the power of Jesus. Come today to hear James McDonald give one of Whitfield's most powerful and convicting sermons - as Whitfield shares the secret to passing on faith to our children - and beyond!

A Faithful Life: The Story of John Knox
Join James McDonald as he relates a tale of adventure, excitement and faith, recalling the life and ministry of the great Scottish reformer John Knox.
James will give this presentation by recreating scenes from Knox's life, including a powerful dialog between Knox and Mary, Queen of Scots.

The Reformation: The Wonder of the Great Christian Revolution

How Parents Walk with Their Children

James's Achievements
  • President: Family Reformation Ministries
  • Elder: Covenant Presbyterian Church
  • Board member: Central Illinois Right to Life
  • Board member: Highlands Study Center
  • Former Publisher: Homeschooling Today (magazine)
  • Publisher: Family Reformation (magazine)
  • Graduated from the University of Idaho
McDonald's Bio

James and Stacy McDonald are married and often speak together at events.  See James's wife's profile Stacy McDonald.

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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with James McDonald 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.

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