Helping Christian Boys Thrive Summit ™

To help our boys thriveCalling boys to HEROIC manhoodChurch is the best hope


February 24, 2018
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
First Institutional Baptist Church
1141 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ
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Coming Up:

Littleton, CO: March 9  |  Alexandria, MN: April 21  |  Augusta, GA: April 28

More details to come!

You Really Cant Miss


The HELPING CHRISTIAN BOYS THRIVE SUMMIT™ is a two-day event led by New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Gurian and Pastor Tim Wright, with local and regional organizers. The event is devoted to helping boys become the loving, wise, and successful men God created them to be. By bringing together church leaders, parents, educators, and community leaders committed to helping boys thrive, you, your congregation, and/or your organization can be a change agent for boys in your community! The Helping Christian Boys Thrive Summit is a service of the Helping Boys Thrive® Program

The church is the best hope for our boys. We follow the one who changes story-lines. HELPING CHRISTIAN BOYS THRIVE SUMMIT will give congregations, church leaders, parents, community leaders, and educators discipleship principles, combined with brain science research and best practices, that will empower all of us to help our boys thrive.
Tim Wright

What is the Helping Christian Boys Thrive Summit?

It is a one day event for: Parents, Church leaders, Christian Educators, Christian Therapists, and all who are raising, educating, discipling, mentoring and working with Boys and Young Men

Children are our destiny, whether we ourselves give birth to them or not. If we are not working to improve the lives of children, we are living half a life. When we devote ourselves to children, we become whole.
Michael Gurian

Questions the Summit Can Answer:

  • What do boys need and how are boys needed in the world?
  • Why are boys falling so far behind in
 education and life?
  • What do boys need from mom, dad, and grandparents as they grow?
  • How do we create a compelling vision for boys?
  • How has God designed a boy’s brain and how does that design impact how we raise boys?
  • How can we create a boy-savvy environment in our congregation?
  • How can we best protect the emotional lives of our boys and young men?
  • How can we strategically call our sons to follow Jesus into manhood?

Eight Key Needs:

Michael and Tim have identified eight key needs in male development that each community must nurture if boys are to succeed in faith, family, school, and life.

The Helping Christian Boys Thrive Summit is a one day event that can focus awareness and offer transformation on some or all of these key needs:

  • protecting the emotional lives of boys
  • mother/son, father/son relationships
  • adolescent rites of passage for boys
  • education that fits boys’ learning styles
  • character building and character education
  • mentoring systems and male mentoring
  • how faith communities can help boys
  • preparing boys for workplace success

Some Numbers

  • 77% of children expelled from pre-school and K – 12 schools are boys
  • Boys receive 70% of the D’s and F’s in our schools
  • More than 70% of child and adolescent suicide victims are boys
  • 80% of children on Ritalin and similar drugs are boys
  • Boys make up 80% of discipline referrals to the principal
  • 70-90% of boys will leave the Church in their teens and early 20’s…and most won’t come back
By almost every benchmark, boys across the nation and in every demographic group are falling behind.

Photos from Helping Boys Summits

Boys in Crisis

  • Tim Wright

    Tim Wright has been a Lutheran Pastor since 1984. He currently serves as the pastor of Community of Grace in Peoria (Phoenix) AZ, which he …

  • Michael Gurian

    Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor and the New York Times bestselling author of 28 books including THE WONDER OF BOYS, THE …




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