Helping Boys THRIVE Summit™

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:00am - 3:30pm
First Institutional Baptist Church
1141 East Jefferson Street

In most of the world, girls and women are doing better than boys and men in both physical and mental health indicators…In most parts of the world, health outcomes among boys and men continue to be substantially worse than among girls and women. Yet this gender-based disparity in health has received little national, regional, or global acknowledgement or attention from health policy-makers or healthcare providers.

– 2015 World Health Organization

You Don't Want to Miss


The Helping Boys Thrive Summit™ is a one-of-a-kind, put-into-practice-immediately seminar. The Summit brings together parents, educators, church leaders, community leaders, and all called to the noble task of raising boys. Using brain-science research, Biblical insights, and best practices, the Summit will equip those raising boys to call boys to follow Jesus into manhood.

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.
Dr. Michael Gurian

The Storyline of Boys in the 21st Century

  • Boys have fallen behind girls in every area of education from Preschool through Graduate school
  • 85% of stimulant-addressing medications (like Ritalin) prescribed in the world are prescribed to US boys
  • America has the highest rates of male incarceration per capita of any country in the world. Among males 17 or younger, the boy-to-girl ratio in correctional institutions is 9:1. Among 18-21 year olds, the ratio grows to 14:1
  • Boys are twice as likely as girls to be victims of violence in America, but in certain age groups the ratio is 6:1.
  • Boys receive two-thirds of the Ds and Fs in our schools but less than 40 percent of the As
  • Boys are twice as likely as girls to be labeled as “emotionally disturbed” and twice as likely as girls to be diagnosed with a behavioral or leaning disorder
  • Boys are four times as likely as girls to be suspended or expelled from early childhood and K-12 learning environments
  • Over the last 20 years the reading skills of 17 year old boys have steadily declined

  • 70-90% of all boys will leave the Christian Church in their teens or early 20s, and most won’t come back

General Session Topics Include:


Dr. Michael Gurian digs deep into the mind of boys leading to compelling, humorous, and transformative insights for raising boys into men. (2 Parts)


Pastor Tim Wright looks at the challenges boys face in the 21st century, and how we can help our boys unleash their superhero power to build a better world.

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Workshop Topics:

The Parent-Church Connection for Helping Boys Thrive

Pastor Tim Wright offers practical tools for empowering parents and their congregations to build churches that help boys thrive.

Helping Latino Boys and their Families Thrive

Eddie Morales uses his experience working in inner city Chicago to guide Latino families as they seek to help their boys thrive.

Educating Boys to Thrive

Katie McPherson calls on her years in the education world to offer implement-immediately ideas for educators who want to more effectively impact the boys in their classrooms.

Survive to Thrive:

How black sons survive and live through systemic injustice (where generational oppression and opposition makes equality to thrive a rare reality for most in this cultural context)

Pastor Warren Steward, Jr. tackles with grace and conviction the call to help our black sons thrive.

Questions The Summit Can Answer

  • How can we set up the 0-5 year old boy’s brain to thrive?
  • 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 does the design of a boy’s brain impact the way we raise boys?
  • How can we create a boy-savvy environment in our schools and faith communities?
  • How can we best protect the emotional lives of our boys and young men?
Our boys face unprecedented challenges in the 21st century. Now's the time to roll up our sleeves and change the storyline of their lives, calling them into good, noble manhood.
Pastor Tim Wright

Photos from Last Year's Helping Christian Boys Thrive Summit™


Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor and the New York Times bestselling author of 28 books including his new book: SAVING OUR SONS: A NEW PATH FOR RAISING HEALTHY AND RESILIENT BOYS; THE WONDER OF BOYS; THE MINDS OF BOYS; and BOYS AND GIRLS LEARN DIFFERENTLY. He is co-founder of The Gurian Institute and a pioneer in the fields of family development and education. His work brings brain-science into homes, schools, churches, corporations, and public policy. Appearing on Today, Good Morning America, Fox News, NPR, the 700 Club, Focus on the Family, and in the New York Times, USA Today, Time, and Newsweek, Michael is credited with sparking the modern boys movement.


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 founded in 2005. He has trained pastors and church leaders throughout the U.S. and around the world and has written 6 books including SEARCHING FOR TOM SAWYER: HOW PARENTS AND CONGREGATIONS CAN STOP THE EXODUS OF BOYS FROM CHURCH; and the ebook SUNDAY SCHOOLING OUR KIDS OUT OF CHURCH.

About the


Workshop Leaders:


Katey McPherson: Former secondary school administrator and currently a trainer at the Gurian Institute.


Warren Stewart, Jr.: Lead Pastor of The Church of the Remnant, Phoenix, AZ


Eddie Morales: Building Bridges, formerly worked in the inner city in Chicago, using sports to mentor kids


Special Guest, Terey Summers: Phoenix Actress and Comedienne Terey Summers brings her character, Eunice, to life with a powerful, moving presentation on bullying.


7:00 am


8:00 am

Dr. Michael Gurian: What Are Boys Thinking? Inside the Mind of Boys (Part 1)

9:15 am


9:45 am

Dr. Michael Gurian: What Are Boys Thinking? Inside the Mind of Boys (Part 2)

11:00 am


12:00 pm

Pastor Tim Wright: Helping Boys Thrive in a World of Kryptonite (with special guest: Terey Summers)

1:15 pm


1:45 pm


2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Panel Q & A

3:30 pm

Summit Ends


Parents, Grandparents, Educators, Foster Care Givers, Pastors, Youth Leaders, Sunday School Teachers, Therapists, Non-Profit Organizations, and anyone who works with or who is engaged in raising boys


$35 thru February 21 – $40 after February 21
(includes snacks & lunch)


Build capacity for change in your organization by bringing a group (and save!)

Group discount:
$30 per person for groups of five or more thru February 21
$35 per person for groups of five or more after February 21



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