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GENERAL QUESTIONS


How can I get involved in TWNAF?

If you want to become part of the movement by attending the trainings, 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 .

If you would prefer to donate to us or get involved in another way, please email .

How is the TWNAF structured? Are you a company, a non-profit, or an organisation?

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 85 countries and counting), because it empowers you to pick up the movement and make it your own in your unique culture.

We also hold non-profit status in a few countries. We are supported by a 501(c)(3) organisation in the USA, and are in the process of applying for Section 18a PBO status in South Africa.

Is TWNAF just a parenting course with useful tips?

Far from it!

While trainings are one of our main tools for imparting knowledge (and yes, there are many useful tips in the trainings), the deeper value happens through the mentorship relationships that develop after trainings, and in our commuities of practice.

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.

Does TWNAF have any religious affiliation?

TWNAF was born from and is rooted in the Christian tradition, but we believe that the urgency of the epidemic of fatherlessness holds no prejudice. So as far as possible, 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.

TRAINING QUESTIONS


I want to attend a training. Where can I find one near me?

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 .

Must I attend the whole training?

We have different types of trainings; some are condensed over a weekend, while others are help 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 miss sessions, not only will you miss out on potentially life-changing content, but you will also skip valuable information that provides context as the training progresses.

Can my son or daughter attend a training with me?

Absolutely! However, there are a few things you should take into account:

  1. We would only recommend inviting your child to join you if they have the capacity to focus throughout the training, and will find value from being there. We don’t often have people under 18 at our trainings, but if your child is willing to join for a whole training, they are welcome!
  2. Our trainings can be personally challenging and sometimes uncover emotional wounds, so if you are not yet comfortable with that degree of intimacy with your child, you might want to consider carefully before inviting them. That said, it could be a remarkable time of intimacy and growth between you and your child, so it might be worth pushing through the fear and inviting them.
Will I benefit from your training if I don’t have children, or my children are already out of the house and married?

Without question! As Cassie so often says, The World Needs A Father is almost as much (if not more) about leadership and community development than it is about parenting. And because the issue of fatherlessness affect your whole community, you will learn how you can make a difference in your space whether or not you have children of your own.

Will I benefit from your training if I am divorced, separated or a single parent?

Definitely, and even more so if you have children you are responsible for. Part of our content is specifically focused on single mothers, and a many people in our community around the world have been through separation, divorce or are single parents. Our content will help equip you to make a difference in your children’s lives, and in your community. On top of that, there is a good chance you will find solidarity and support.

CONTENT QUESTIONS


I am unemployed because I was retrenched. I struggle to call myself a father because I can no longer provide for my family. Can you help me?
Does my role as a father change if I have only girls or only boys? What if I have both?
Sometimes I get so angry I shout at my 12 year old son, then I feel really bad about it. How do I deal with my anger as a father?
Is it possible for mothers and fathers to switch roles during their respective impact years?

In answering this, one could echo the sentiment of the old adage that function follows design.

A psychological bond starts developing between the mother and child from not too long after conception. The closeness and affection mother and child share from breastfeeding is something fathers cannot replicate with a bottle in hand. A fathers can stand in for a short period if the mother is away, but it is not ideal over a long period of time. We crave the nurturing that comes so naturally to most women.

Similarly, between the ages of 6 and 11 the children are hard-wired to seek attention from their fathers.

Is your movement not elevating fathers above the mother when you say that mothers must support fathers?

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.

Can we spank our children?

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 removes the need for corporal punishment all together.

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).

We aren’t going to tell you how you should discipline your child, but we will say the following:

  1. Don’t 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.
  2. If your argument for spanking is based on scrpture, make sure you are taking it in context (see the link above).
  3. The argument, “I was spanked and I turned out fine” is based on a logical fallacy. You can read more about that in this article.

Spanking research link 1

Spanking research link 2

It is not easy in our culture to find mentors. Why can we not ignore this advice?
You say that we should not have expectations, but a) how can we choose a spouse without applying a list of expectations; b) God clearly has expectations. That is why He says: Obey my commandments. How do you explain that?

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