September 7, 2019

Every family, stronger.

You're invited to an inspired, free event for every family in Northwest Arkansas.



Together we equip, inspire and empower families.

Family Strong is a community effort to help parents who want to have stable and successful families. We want you to be part of a day devoted to fun, interaction and learning for your whole family.

Free Family Fun

Play together, eat together and serve together - a free day for the whole family.

Learn Together

Parenting isn't easy. Be encouraged and walk away equipped to strengthen your family.

Build Community

Join other families as we seek to strengthen our Northwest Arkansas community.


Having fun, together.

The day will be filled with opportunities for your whole family to play and laugh, together. You'll also have the opportunity to serve our community by participating in service projects. Playing and serving - great ways to strengthen your family.


Practical, helpful, fun.

During the day, we also want to equip you with helpful and practical ways to strengthen your family for years to come.

Quick, practical sessions

Choose three 20 minute, interactive sessions to attend throughout the day.

Free lunch available

Lunch will be available for the entire family in between sessions.

Free childcare provided

Childcare is provided for children ages 18 months to 3 years. Registration required!


Families are the classroom in which we learn how to do relationships. How you relate to your child is how they will relate to others. This session explores this concept and the Five steps to intentionally teach your children how to relate well to others.

L. Brad Franklin


Fresh Roots Counseling

Brad has worked with couples and families in Northwest Arkansas for over 20 years. He has committed his life to helping people build strong marriages and healthy families. He holds a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a master in Religious Education from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. He is co-founder and president of Fresh Roots Family counseling in Rogers. Brad is the fortunate husband of Beth and proud dad to Sarah, Mary Claire, and Natalie.


Parenting is a journey….no matter what stage you might be in along the way.let’s talk through how to navigate with intentionality our role in parenting with the ultimate goal of connection.  This workshop will be meaningful…super practical but hopefully we’ll have some fun!  


Susan Goss

Susan Goss is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).  Susan is the Founder and Director of Tangible Truth Ministries and Co-Founder of The Joshua Center of Northwest AR.   

Susan is an author, speaker, guest commentator on KLRC Radio and produces a weekly video blog called “Susan Shares.” Susan holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas and a Masters degree in Counseling from John Brown University.  Susan is married to Steve and they have two adult married sons, Chad (married to Ashley) and Jake (married to Mariah) and Susan is known as “Honey” and Steve is known as “Doc” by their grandchildren Adeline and Whit!


Life gets busy, and we get distracted. Learn how to stay connected in the midst of busy.

Amy Crumpton

Hi, I’m amy!
I love to help women take charge of their lives and lean into their strength and significance. I'm a licensed counselor and certified coach, with a previous career in business. Family, friends, and fun adventures are my among my favorites. I love books, red wine, words, silence, sand, saltwater, craft beer, coffee and CrossFit. (That last one helps me prove to myself I can do hard things and not die.) I’m here to help you get clear about the woman you want to be and make that your reality. Join me at

When Life Happens

No matter how hard we try, we cannot plan for painful moments. Yet setbacks and even tragedy­ are an essential part of any hero’s story. 

When “life happened” to Sara Bishop, the crushing weight of fear and uncertainty could have easily led to a path of despair, instability, anxiety and depression. The fact that it didn’t is considered by many to be a testament to heroic character traits such as hard work and determination. The truth? Well, let’s just say, it’s a lot more complicated than that.

In this session, Sara shares how resilience is not an innate character trait, but rather, something that must be built with all the familiar ingredients that one would expect, such as positive self-esteem, healthy relationships and supportive structures, as well as something you wouldn’t expect, story. Developing a story of self–why you were called to what you have been called to–is perhaps the most powerful tool in the resilience toolbox. When we learn how to view life’s challenges as plot points to our own story, a story that can inspire us and others to act, we transform ourselves from victim to hero. No longer unprepared or powerless in the face of uncertainty, we can use our story of self to have the courage to act, the freedom to make our own choices and the confidence in our own hopeful futures.

Sara Bishop

Executive in Residence

Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas

Principal Consultant

Principal Consultant at Orchid Communications

Sara Bishop is Executive in Residence in the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas and Principal Consultant at Orchid Communications.  Her work focuses on framing productive and mobilizing conversations around positive social change.

She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received her Master’s Degree in Theology from New College, Oxford University, England.  

Prior to moving to Arkansas, Sara began her career as a private foundation fundraiser for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the global refugee relief and resettlement agency based in New York City.

Just for Teens

Just for teens ages 12 and up. Learn how to survive your parents and navigate other important relationships in your life.

Dawn Spragg

Director of Therapeutic Services



Teen Action and Support Center of Northwest Arkansas

Dawn Spragg is a visionary licensed professional counselor with more than twenty years experience working with youth and their families. She is the cofounder of Teen Action and Support Center of Northwest Arkansas, a non profit dedicated to promoting the well being of teens and encouraging their engagement in the community. She currently serves as TASC's Director of Therapeutic Services. She writes and speaks extensively about adolescents.

Dawn received a BS in Psychology in 2004 from John Brown University, attended Phillips Theological Seminary in 2005, and received an MS in Counseling from John Brown in 2008. Dawn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Mediator, and an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. 

Kid’s Club

While parents attend sessions, kids ages 3-11 will have a blast in supervised, age-based groups participating in a wide range of activities including: games, crafts, interactive entertainment and a service project!


Register for childcare!

Childcare is offered for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years for the duration of the Workshops. (12:00-2:20pm) Registration is required to reserve your child’s spot!


Schedule of Events


Activites begin and continue non-stop until 3:30 PM. Families can enjoy painting, tinkering, inflateable games, and more!

Free Lunch

Lunch will be served at 11:00 and available until 12:30


1st Workshop

2nd Workshop

3rd Workshop

Childcare (18mos-3yrs)

Childcare opens at 12:00 PM and will continue through the education portion of the day. Childcare is available for children ages 18 months to 3 yrs. Registration is required.

Kid’s Club

Kid’s Club opens at 12:00 PM and will continue through the education portion of the day. Kid’s Club is available for children ages 3-11 years old.


Interested? Let us know!

We want to see you there! Save the date, sign up for more info and connect with us @nwafamilystrong
Stay tuned for more information on speakers, sessions, activites, and more!

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Bentonville Community Church

Join us in the heart of Downtown Bentonville at Bentonville
Community Church of the Nazarene. Parking is available on
NW 2nd St. 220 NW A Bentonville, AR 72712

Our Community Partners

We are grateful to the Family Strong community who supports the effort to strengthen families in NWA.

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