Speaker Recap- Ted Cunningham

The main part of this week was the speaker and this week we had the privilege to hear from the head pastor at Woodland Hills Family Church, Ted Cunningham, which is the church I attend here in Branson. He is also the author of a few books including but not limited to: Young and in Love, and Trophy Child.

Ted’s main topic on the first day was about prolonged adolescence, which is where kids aren’t growing up and are shifting the 5 main Adulthood milestones until they are 30 or 40 years old. Prolonged adolescence is the result of the kid-centered home where the parents are putting the kids in higher priority than their marriage. Ted put it this way, “too much privilege and not enough responsibility.” He sees this most with the ‘vanity parents’ which is where parents are using the accomplishments of their kids to impress others. I don’t thank the Lord enough for the parents that I have. That is something I will be forever grateful about. Ted then went through 7 different types of, what he calls ‘Trophy Parents’ (which is not a compliment) and I can honestly say that my parents did not meet any of those types. I am truly blessed to be able to say that.

On the last day, Ted talked about communication and what he categorizes as the 6 Levels of Communication. It was interesting to see how conversations start at Level 1, which is small talk, and how they can jump to the other levels of desires and needs. I really enjoyed this week and I always look forward to hearing Ted on Sunday mornings. He’s pretty funny as well which makes him that much more enjoyable.

- Graham Dodd