Family Workshops

Building Faith Families Workshop Titles


Family Discipleship


The Family That Stays Together Stays Together

     God created marriage and the family. Home education is a lifestyle of learning where parents and children do life together. Working, eating, reading books aloud, watching movies, all contribute to creating the unique chemistry of family.


Family Communication U-See

     After exploring the foundational concepts to be an honest and open communicator, we will break up into small groups and practice what we have learned. Healthy relationships are based on safe principles of communication.


Family Worship U-See

     Steve begins by relating the ingredients for a doable plan of family worship and shares obstacles he wrestled with to lead his family. Then we will break up into small groups and practice having family devotions. Come and be equipped and encouraged.


Good News for Earnest Parents

     Believing the good news in our innermost being is transformative and restorative. We can only give to our children what we have received ourselves. As we comprehend God’s care and affection in new ways, we will be able to minister the same to our families.


How to Get Started Having Regular Times of Family Worship

     Steve relates the ingredients for a doable plan of family worship. After many years of trying, God helped the Demmes make studying God’s word a daily part of their home. Steve also shares obstacles he wrestled with to lead his family in this crucial area.


Understanding One Other and Building Each Other Up in the Lord

     Each member of the family is uniquely qualified and designed to understand and support one another. From communication tips and personality insights, we will look at practical ways to love one another and build each other up in the Lord. “Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2


Loving Your Family as God Has Loved Us

     Jesus calls us to love others as He has loved us. Instead of loving others as we want to be loved, we are called to love each other as we have been loved. This dynamic bears wonderful fruit in family relationships as we focus our attention on Jesus and His heart for us.


Parents as Priests

     We have an incredible calling to represent God to our children and teach them about His ways and His person. Our Father has designed us to be His priests in our home.


Hymnology in the Home

     This workshop will discuss incorporating singing and memorizing hymns into your daily rhythm of family worship. We will also look at resources for learning the history of hymns. As Elisabeth Elliot has said, “Hymns will get you through the night.”


Home Education


Home Education or School at Home?

     When we began our journey of teaching our children we purchased several little desks at a yard sale and refinished them. Then we acquired textbooks and workbooks and taped the alphabet to the walls around our school room. Later we moved to the kitchen table, and finally we discovered a well rounded education is not confined to a classroom, but embodies character, relationships, and God.


Techniques and Ideas for Creative Learning

     How to make learning interesting, memorable, and enjoyable. Steve shares strategies and tips that he has practiced and developed in his lifetime as a teacher and tutor. Time permitting we will learn the Greek alphabet and the books of the New Testament.


Math Education


Math You See and Understand

     Math is so much more than memorizing rules and facts. With a unique and humorous approach, Steve demonstrates how to use hands-on manipulatives to illustrate important math concepts such as place value, double digit multiplication, fractions, algebra, exponents, squares, square roots, and factoring trinomials.


Seeing Fractions is Understanding Fractions

     Five out of four people don’t understand fractions! With one clear hands-on model, Steve demonstrates how to perform the basic operations of fractions as well as understanding equivalent fractions, reducing fractions, and mixed numbers. The grand finale will be how to convert a fraction to a decimal to a percent.


Be Fruitful and Multiply (and Divide)

     In this session, Steve illustrates the concept of multiplication, reveals unique patterns in single digit multiplication facts, and illustrates the role of place value in double digit multiplication. Once we understand how to multiply, division will make sense.


Fundamentals of Algebra Taught Concretely

     Instead of mere symbols on paper, Steve demonstrates with manipulatives, the central concepts of algebra: problem solving, exponents, squares, square roots, negative numbers, basic operations with polynomials, factoring trinomials, and graphing lines. Come and experience an “Aha” moment.


Especially for Men


From Crisis to Christ, the Journey of a Husband and Father

     2012 was the hardest and best year of my life. On the one hand I had personal blindspots revealed which caused pain to those who were closest to me. At the same time, God revealed his unconditional love in a new way. I am now, by God’s grace, in the best place I have ever been with my wife and sons.


How to Be the Best Husband and Father You can Be

     Jesus gave specific directions for how to be the best man we can be. His Father also exemplified how to raise and empower His own Son! Let’s look to God and His Word for direction and inspiration for our journey as men of God.


Special Needs


Raising a Special Needs Child and Finding Support for the Journey

     Come listen to Steve’s testimony of the last thirty years as the father of a child with special needs. He shares what his family has learned, and the special, rewarding, and joyful role John has played in their lives. Even in the difficult experiences of life, God proved faithful and His grace sustained them and brought good out of their struggles and disappointments.


Workshops for Young Adults and Parents


Developing the Habit of Daily Bible Reading and Prayer

     This workshop is applicable for any earnest Christian who desires to develop this habit or needs encouragement to keep reading through the Bible. After examining the Scriptures and hearing about Steve’s own experience, all will be encouraged to continue to grow in their walk with God.



     “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:34) There are two components addressed in Stewardship, our treasure and our heart. Faithful stewards are intentional about their relationship with God as well as being wise stewards of our God-given time, talents, and treasure.




     Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and six special grandchildren. Their fourth son has Down Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA. With God’s help, Steve has been seeking first the Kingdom since graduating from Grove City College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith and Families.


Contact Steve:

Cell: 717.575.7079

Mailing: 518 Wheatfield Drive, Lititz, PA 17543