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Gathering Session #3 || Dr. Gregg Jantz

The Story in the Home, Church, and World

Dr. Jantz is the founder of a Counseling Center for families.

Addiction is just a symptom of pain. Helping individuals find healing first, is the priority. When the person finds healing, the addiction can be healed as well.

What is our role with hurting, broken families? We have to ask the Lord to give us discernment to know where we play the role in their life; while being careful to not get overly involved in their mess. Their problem is often times bigger than what we can handle. Direct families to the right people and help.

We have to be careful not to always direct people to US. That won’t help them.

Things to look for in broken people:

  • Are there patterns that keep repeating in their life?
  • What do they really need? Look closely.
  • Anger, Fear, Guilt are 3 BIG things. Which one of these do we see (or feel)?

We have to be on guard that when we are helping others, that we don’t drain ourselves. We have to self-guard our lives. We have to have our own lives in order before we give ourselves to others.


New Book Discussion: The Stranger in Your House

A depressed teenager is an unpredictable teenager. The book is primarily for parents of teenagers, helping them manage.

A teens main job is to test boundaries. Do we have them? Boundaries on Technology are the most important ones to set now. We have to help our kids keep perspective in a world screaming for attention.

Examples of technology boundaries:

  • No smartphones at school.
  • Master Password that parents know and manage.
  • Talk often about what’s appropriate.
  • No texting in the morning; and no texting during the week.
  • Strict on video games that are in the house.
  • Family decided together what Tech Boundries will be.

Is there a common root cause of teenage depression? Does Church cause it?

  • Inappropriate relationships, through school, friends, technology. As a church we need to promote healthy relationships.


keynote-speakerDR. GREGG JANTZ

Dr. Gregg Jantz is the best-selling author of 21 books, including the newly released, The Stranger in Your House, a valuable resource for parents as they see beyond the closed-room years of adolescence and open the door to hope. He is the founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, and a nationally known speaker.


Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.