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If you want to become part of the movement by attending a training, please contact your country coordinator (by clicking on your country flag on this map on our front page, or on your country page in the menu above).
If you can’t get hold of them there, please email .
Alternatively, if you want to join the team of volunteers developing resources, managing our social media or keeping our global IT sharp, please email .
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We are first and foremost a movement, which means that we have a flat structure with no centralised head office or leadership. This is critical to our growth (we are active in 95 countries and counting), because it empowers you to pick up the movement and make it your own in your unique culture. We see ourselves as a global team, working towards a shared goal.
We believe that headquarters are where the trainers are.
We do hold non-profit status in a few countries, but you will need to contact your country coordinator to find out more about your country.
Far from it!
We believe that culture is the strongest force we have to deal with, so we use two main tools to bring about culture shifts: trainings and communities of practice. Our goal is to bring about five main culture shifts:
When these cultural shifts happen, people learn a new language and a new approach to life.
While trainings are our main tool for imparting knowledge, deep life change happens through the mentorship relationships and commuities of practice that develop after trainings. Our courses also help you start the process of healing from father and mother wounds you may still be carrying.
It is important to remember that our content has been created with lasting, transformative life change in mind. So while you will find useful imformation in our trainings, the content is designed to help you uncover things that may be holding you back as a parent or a leader, and equip you to step up with clear conviction and passion.
TWNAF was born from and is rooted in the Christian tradition, but the epidemic of fatherlessness holds no prejudice. So neither do we.
We have training material for both secular and faith-based communities, and will help any country, community or culture battle the scourge of fatherlessness, regardless of creed or religious beliefs.
Due to the decentralised nature of TWNAF as a movement, we don’t receive details for most of the trainings that happen around the world on a regular basis.
The best way to find a training is to visit our events page. If we don’t have anything listed near you, you can contact your country coordinator by clicking your country flag on this map, or by checking on your country page in the menu above.
If there aren’t any trainings happening near you, encourage your country coordinator to set one up!
If you can’t get hold of your country coordinator there, please email .
We have different types of trainings; some are condensed over a weekend, while others are held one night a week over a period of months. We strongly recommend that you attend the whole training either way, but this is especially true of the condensed trainings. Each day builds on the previous day’s content, so if you skip sessions you will miss out on valuable information that provides context as the training progresses.
We regularly recieve feedback that the trainings completely transformed one or both parents, and their children celebrated the experiece of heaven at home. In our experience, that is most common when people attend the whole training.
Absolutely! We have heard incredible testimonies from families attending a training together. However, there are a few things you should take into account:
Part of our training covers the character of a real man and how he functions in society, so if you are unmarried this will give you a better foundation for life, and tools for if you choose to marry in the future. And if your children no longer live with you, you will still be able to pass on what you learn to them, their children and your broader community.
As Cassie says, The World Needs A Father is as much about leadership as it is about parenting. And because the issue of fatherlessness affects your whole community, you will learn how you can make a difference in your space whether or not you have children of your own.
Many people in our global community have been through separation, divorce or are single parents. We have heard countless stories of how a training helped them analyze where things went wrong, and create a healthy framework for future realationshps. There is also a good chance of finding solidarity and support.
Part of our training does focus specifically on single mothers, helping them understand what children need in every year of their lives, and providing tools to compensate for the absence of a father in the house.
However, we do want to offer a word of caution. If you attend the training before going through a healing process, some of the content might be triggering and bring that trauma to the surface in a raw way.
It is important that we do not define fatherhood by our ability to provide. If this were true, disabled men would never be able to consider themselves fathers (which is clearly not the case). Fatherhood is defined by a much wider spectrum of things. In our training, we cover four of them in detail:
Intentionality is another value we ascribe to fatherhood. So even though you may be struggling to provide right now, the more important measure to use is whether you are making the effort to find a new way to provide, even if it takes a while to happen.
Your responsibility as a parent does not change, regardless of the gender of your child. However, it is important to affirm their gender identity, so a father should be the primary role model for his son, and a mother for her daughter. But both parents have an important role to play in ensuring that the seasonal needs of the child are met.
The first question you should ask yourself is, “Why is my child’s behaviour influencing my emotions?” It may be that your authority feels threatened, or their behaviour is stirring insecurities you have tried to cover or aren’t even aware of. Either way, your lack of control is a reflection of a deeper emotional wound in you that you need to identify and heal.
Secondly, you need to repair the situation with your son. If you are wrong — in why you got angry or how you handled the situation — ask for his forgiveness and for his help to be a better father. You should also build an accountability structure for yourself (such as the Table of Support) to help you recognise when you don’t react appropriately, and how to do better next time.
Even if you are getting angry for a legitimate reason, you still need to remember that emotional outbursts are unhelpful in building a strong relationship with your child. If you feel like you are about to lose your cool, leave the situation and take time to take control of your emotions. Remember, you need to do discipline with your child, not to them. And it is very hard to do discipline with someone while you are overcome with emotion.
Not at all! We clearly believe (and state in trainings) that fathers and mothers are equal co-conspirators in bringing heaven home, but with distinct roles and responsibilities. As Kevin MacCullough puts it, “We have equity of value but distinction of purpose.”
Fathers should become the servant leaders of their families, living by example rather than dictation.
Spanking is a very contentious issue, and rightly so.
While it appears to be affirmed in the Bible (“spare the rod and spoil the child”), a contextual reading of that scripture affirms the value and need for discipline, but does not imply any need for corporal punishment.
And so far, the research done on spanking seems to unequivocally confirm that no form of corporal punishment creates lasting positive effect, but does lead to statistically relevant negative effects on the child’s emotional and mental development (see more in the links below).
The reality is that if parents live with love and high moral authority, the need for discipline will be minimal. Doing discipline to your child is destructive, so you need to look for ways to do discipline with your child.
Spanking is actually against the law in a number of countries, so we encourage parents (and especially fathers) to carefully consider the consequences of spanking as a disciplinary option. We aren’t going to tell you how you should discipline your child, but we do want to caution you to not ignore the research on this contentious topic. At least read it, and come to your own conclusions. There are two links to well-researched articles on the topic below.
A mentor plays the role of a whole life coach. Because most of our fathers didn’t “teach us life”, a mentor is super valuable to help us navigate life and make the best possible life decisions. Our mentors also serve as an accountability structure, helping us to choose the right thing instead of the nice thing.
Choosing a mentor is a serious process, and it is important to consider that the mentor has the same value system as the mentee.