What causes parents to keep quiet when it comes to their prodigals? Is it a feeling of failure, anger or sadness? Learn how to reach out to parents in your congregation that have prodigals. Help them see that they are not alone. Show them how the process of opening up and talking about the situation can help lead them to an internal healing enabling them to reach out to their prodigal.
Presenters: Paula Isakson (Founder of Faith Family Reunion) & Jakob Heckert
Paula Isakson grew up in a wonderful Christian home, with loving and supportive parents who raised her in the faith. But, life took Paula in a different direction. She abandoned the faith of her childhood to find her own spiritual way in the world. Paula’s family and friends never gave up her. The Holy Spirit continued to work in Paula’s life. Now she brings Faith Family Reunion together to share the story of a God who never gives up on his people and encourage attendees never to give up on the lost people in their lives!
Paula Isakson founded Faith Family Reunion as a result of her own falling away from faith and then, by God’s grace, returning again. Faith Family Reunion addresses issues of children leaving their faith and the church, and gives parents a network to connect with other parents and families going through their own situations. It’s also a vehicle where families that have been reunited in faith can offer encouragement and can share testimonies, offering hope and inspiration to others in similar situations.
Dr. Jakob Heckert is assistant to the pastor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in Hartland, Michigan and an emeritus of the Faculty of Concordia University Ann Arbor as a professor of Biblical Languages. In addition, he is preaching for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio on a regular basis, preaching German several times a year at two additional LCMS congregations. He is also the Theological Editor for Faith Family Reunion and Father to the Founder.
Dr. Heckert has been in the ministry for 50 years. During the period of eleven years, he pastored three LCMS congregations. After his time in the congregational ministry, he was called to teach at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri where he taught Biblical Interpretation (exegesis) and preaching (homiletics). Two years later he was called to Concordia College (Concordia University) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During his time there he taught Greek, New Testament and later Hebrew.