Steve Demme and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in- law, and three special grandchildren. Their fourth son, John has Downs Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA.
Steve has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has served on the board of Joni and Friends Eastern PA. He is the creator of Math-U- See and the founder of Building Faith Families.
Workshops that will be presented at the 2017 FEAST Convention:
1) Biblical Principles of Communication for the Family
Loving God and each other are relationships. Relationships are built on edifying communication. No one can build up, or tear down, more than those that we love the most. In this workshop we will examine how to hear and understand each other in a safe place.
2) Influence of Fathers
A plethora of studies have demonstrated the profound impact of fathers on their children. In this session we will explore the influence of Dads in scripture and how we can learn from what they did well and where they dropped the ball. God designed men to serve and lay their lives down for their wife and children.
3) Rooted, Grounded, and Abiding in the Love of God
Our own relationship with God will color and affect our relationship with our spouse and our children. Setting aside time to deepen our walk with God and revel in His grace will bear fruit in how we relate to those who are most important to us.
4) From Crisis to Christ, the Journey of a Husband and Father
With all of the best intentions, Steve set out to be the best Dad he could be for his four sons who are now adults. This adventure in parenting is a lifelong process and he is still learning how to have his heart restored to his children. As a dad he made many mistakes and had many of his own blind spots revealed. Thankfully God is a Redeemer and does work all things together for good.
5) Math You Understand
With a unique and humorous approach, Steve demonstrates how to use hands-on manipulatives to illustrate important math concepts such as algebra, place value, exponents, regrouping (carrying and borrowing), double digit multiplication, fractions, and factoring.
6) Loving Your Family as God Has Loved Us
The second command is to love others as we want to be loved. But the ‘new commandment’ that Jesus calls us to implement, is to love others as we have been loved by Him. This is a different perspective that focuses our attention on Jesus Himself and how He has loved us.
Building Faith Families,
Video message from Steve Demme
Out of the Mouth of Babes
by Steve Demme
Last summer I had the privilege of speaking at a state home school convention. On Friday I led a few men’s workshops and offered the book, The Christian Home and Family Worship for free, to those who would commit to reading all 90 pages within thirty days of the event. Saturday morning, the very next day, one of the dads informed me he had read the entire book the previous night. Before he left for the second day of the convention, he spent some time with his eight year old daughter. He asked her if there was anything she would like to share with him so he could pray for her. She looked him in the eye and said, “Did you learn that at the conference?” The two of us looked at each other and burst into laughter. But as I pondered his words, my heart was stirred.
This short and wonderful father- daughter interaction spoke to me on several levels.
First, the dad diligently read the book in one evening, and applied what he learned at the first opportunity. He was not only a hearer, but a doer of the word. Kudos to him.
Secondly, he is a lifelong learner. He devoted two days to attend a conference to be a better husband and father and be with other kindred spirits who are seeking the same things. My eyes are welling with tears as I write these words. I love these guys for investing time to be a better servant leader in their home. May God bless and keep them!
Thirdly, eight year old children don’t miss much. That precious child was right on target. She knew her parents were attending a conference and was not surprised when they were different at home as a result. What an impression her dad made on her as she witnessed this humble man learning and growing.
We read in Genesis that Abraham was ninety-nine years old and still being taught life lessons from His Heavenly Father. One of my sons told me that the most encouraging thing about me was, I am always learning and growing. May God help us to always be growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:18).
Jesus has another name for humble lifelong learners. He calls these committed individuals, disciples. And not only disciples, but also brothers, sisters, and friends. “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:50) Another encouraging passage is John 15:14 “You are my friends if you do what I command you.”
I am looking forward to being with you in San Antonio in June. May our good God bless and keep us ever learning and growing.