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5 Reasons You Should Join Us At Our 2016 National Conference

2016 Children Desiring God National Conference

The team at Children Desiring God is joyfully working on the details of our National Conference being held just three months from now.  Please consider joining us at this event! Here are my top 5 reasons why I hope you’ll come.

2016 National Conference1. This theological theme is incredibly timely

The church in America and around the world is under extreme pressure to conform to the social and cultural norms of the day.  We must lovingly declare the whole counsel of God and be transformed by the entirety of God’s Word.  Everything God gave us in written form is from Him and for us. John Piper, Al Mohler, Bruce Ware, Mark Vroegop and David Michael will deliver inspiring and challenging messages bringing you into the glorious depths of God’s Word as they challenge you to embrace the whole counsel of God.

2016 National Conference2. The next generation needs you

We have been called by God to declare the truth about God, His Word and our rightful response to Him, to the next generation. We share this passion and this challenge–that the reality of our calling extends beyond the next generation. Those we serve now, who embrace God and His Gospel, will reach the generations yet unborn.

2016 National Conference3. This conference will equip you

The plenary sessions will equip you theologically, but that is not where the equipping ends. You will choose four (out of 60) breakout seminars in categories of Vision and Leadership, Classroom Training, Youth and more. Seminars will be led by experienced and passionate presenters whose mission is to inspire, encourage and equip you with ideas for practical application of the biblical principles they present.

2016 National Conference4. We want to encourage you

We are aware that ministry to the next generation, along with its joys, presents many challenges:

You are shepherding, instructing, and nurturing faith in children of all ages including youth. Some children are joyfully submitting to Jesus and many are not.

You have an enemy. Your position in Christ and your ministry to the next generation, causes this ancient enemy to rage against you as he prowls around like a lion seeking to destroy you (1 Peter 5:8).

You incur a heightened degree of criticism. Sadly, in conversations with others in ministry to the next generation, it is likely that you are not insulated from criticism, even from within your church.

So, the idea of encouraging you in your role is very sweet to us.

2016 National Conference5. You are not alone

Whether you minister as a lone volunteer in a church or are part of a team…at this event, you will be part of a large group of people who have a similar calling to serve the next generation. We want you to take advantage of the many opportunities to learn from each other. And it may not end at the conference. Our past events have served as a catalyst for “regional type” gatherings that continue into the future.

 

And…I am so excited that the College Park Worship team is going to lead us in
God-centered, Christ-exalting worship!
And…we will have great discounts on a large selection of books in our bookstore!
And…we will have a curriculum display in which you can interact with others about Children Desiring God Resources!Thank you for sharing in my joy and anticipation for this important gathering of pastors, parents, children’s ministry leaders, children’s and youth workers!

 

Join Us!

Our hope is that you will make plans today to join us! Our early bird discount is available through January 31. You can register online or call us at 877.400.1414 if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you in Indianapolis!

Have you been to a past Children Desiring God Event?

Let us know if you are coming in the comments below and share your top reasons for coming back to our National Conference!

 

They Need the Whole Counsel of God

A lot of thought and prayer goes into choosing the focus of our national conferences. “Persevering in the Whole Counsel of God—What’s at Stake for the Next Generation” is no exception. This recent video clip from Dr. Russell Moore, “You Need the Whole Bible (Even If You Don’t Know Why),” really gets to the heart of the matter. Whether or not you plan to attend our conference (and we would LOVE you to come!), this three-minute video is a must see.

 

Join us at the 2016 National Conference! Registration is Open!

2016 Children Desiring God National Conference

2016 National ConferenceYou are invited to join us at the 2016 National Conference, April 14-16 in Indianapolis!

It is a special time for pastors, children’s ministry leader, Sunday school teachers, small group leaders/mentors, youth ministry leader and parents to join together for a time of training, refreshment and encouragement.

Plenary Sessions

During our five plenary sessions, Albert Mohler, John Piper, Bruce Ware, Mark Vroegop and David Michael will inspire, educate and encourage you in your personal walk with the Lord as they discuss Persevering in the Whole Counsel of God, What’s at Stake for the Next Generation.

Seminar Sessions

The hands on training in our four seminar sessions provides the perfect complement to the theological training in the plenary sessions. Practical instruction from 29 experienced teachers and leaders in over 60 seminar options will equip you and your ministry team for real-life ministry to children, youth and their parents.

There is a seminar for everyone whether you are brand new to children’s ministry or a veteran teacher, a prayer warrior for babies or a mentor for youth, a children’s ministry leader trying to get church leadership to join you in your vision or for children or a parent trying to figure out how to have your child sit with you in a church service, a volunteer coordinator in a tiny church trying to make resources stretch or in charge or recruiting enough teachers to fill you classrooms in a large church.

We look forward to meeting you in April! Register now to get the early bird special!

 

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Have questions? Here’s where you can find the answers:

  • I can’t wait to meet y’all! How do I sign up?: Registration
  • That’s an incredible keynote speaker line up. Can I learn more about them?: Keynote Speakers
  • Will I get bored? Definitely not!: Schedule
  • Are there really seminars for me? Check out your choices: Seminars
  • Are the seminar speakers amazing? Yes, meet them here: Seminar Presenters
  • Indianapolis? How do I get there and where will I stay?: Travel and Lodging
  • I still have more questions: Frequently Asked Questions
  • …And even more questions! Let’s chat: Email us at info@childrendesiringGod.org or give us a call at 877.400.1414.

 

 

Training Up the Next Generation to Follow Christ the King!

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What drives your children’s ministry? Is it the desire to impart the greatness of God, His Word, and the Gospel at every stage of a child’s development? If so, come and be equipped and encouraged! Immanuel Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky will be hosting a “Children Desiring God Vision & Training Conference” with keynote speakers David and Sally Michael, founders of CDG, on September 11 & 12. This conference is designed to strengthen and equip pastors, teachers, children’s discipleship workers, and parents in the ministry God has given to raise up the next generation to hope in Him.

David and Sally will impart a biblical vision for the next generation in four plenary sessions. They will later be joined by seminar presenters Jeff King, Ben Hedrick, JC & Bethany Mojica, Ward Young, and Jay & Lynn Shreve to give practical application for parents and children’s ministry leaders and workers. Below are the plenary session and seminar titles:

Plenary Sessions with David and Sally Michael:

  • A Vision for God-centered Worship in the Next Generation
  • A Vision for Biblical Literacy in the Next Generation
  • A Vision for Encouraging Faith in the Next Generation
  • For the Joy of the Next Generation: Psalm 1

Seminars—Session 1

  • Wife, Mother, Disciple-Maker: Being the Catalyst for Your Child’s Spirituality—Sally Michael
  • Sustaining the Vision—David Michael
  • Making War Against Anger in Parenting—Jeff King
  • Starting Right! Nursery & Toddler Ministry—JC & Bethany Mojica
  • Discerning Conversion in Children—Ben Hedrick

Seminars—Session 2:

  • A Father’s Blessing—David Michael
  • Leading Children to a Solid Faith—Sally Michael
  • Embracing a Massive, Christ-Exalting Vision for Youth—Ward Young
  • Trusting the Lord and Training our Kids—Jeff King
  • Caring for Kids with Special Needs—Jay & Lynn Shreve

We hope you can join us!

 

You’re Invited to the 2016 National Conference

2016 Children Desiring God National Conference

Over the last two years, we have enjoyed meeting with more than 2000 of you, our partners in ministry, at our regional Impact conferences. But now, we are thrilled to invite all of you to come together once again at our 2016 National Conference.

You are invited to Indianapolis, April 14-16, for Persevering in the Whole Counsel of God: What’s at Stake for the Next Generation. Join us along with other children’s ministry leaders, pastors, staff, teachers, volunteers, and youth workers as we encourage each other in “Paul-like” ministry to the next generation, through intensive teaching, Christ-centered worship and sweet fellowship.

 

Registration opens Fall 2015!

 

 

 

Beyond “Something” for Youth

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Summer is often a great opportunity for scheduling special events for youth. Without the demands of school many students have more free time on their hands, so it’s important that the parents and ministry leaders do “something” to keep youth interested and involved with church-related activities over the summer months…right? Well yes, but how about aiming higher than merely “something”? Maybe think in these terms instead:

How can we…

Glorify God and increase joy in Him by planning events that…

…will display the glory of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior (1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 4:6).

…will cause His Word to dwell richly in His people by His Spirit (Colossians 3:16-17).

…deepen the relationship between Christ and His church and build relationships within the believer’s household (Psalm 25:4, 14; Philippians 3:10).

…make disciples of Christ and work to bring them to maturity in Him (Colossians 1:28-29; Titus 2:3-8).

The above reflects the aim of Betty Dodge’s informative and inspirational seminar, “Reinforcing the Vision with Events and Programs.” Her handout, available here provides a wealth of information to help parents and ministry leaders with a step-by-step process for planning special events. But also listening to her seminar here will give you even more encouragement and helpful ideas.

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IMPACT: Chicago – Early-Bird Registration Still Available

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Here are the top 4 reasons you should join Children Desiring God in Chicago for IMPACT: The Next Generation:

  1. Refreshment for you soul
  2. Life-changing teaching
  3. Encouragement in ministry
  4. Partnership development with others serving in children’s and youth ministry, pastors and parents

And, we have extended our early-bird pricing through October 22 so you can still experience this and so much more at a reduced rate.

  • Individuals: $50 per person
  • Couples: $75 per couple
  • Groups of 10 or more: $35 per person

Register online or by calling 877.400.1414 today to reserve your place at IMPACT: The Next Generation.

 

 

Join Children Desiring God at IMPACT: Chicago

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Join Children Desiring God at the IMPACT: The Next Generation conference to be encouraged and equipped for training the next generation.

Three plenary sessions will explore the biblical foundations for discipleship of children and youth and present a vision for God-centered worship, biblical literacy and encouraging faith in the next generation. Then, select two of our nine interactive seminars to learn practical skills for your specific role at home or in the classroom.

Conference Details

Friday, November 7 from 7–9pm  (Registration opens at 6pm)
Saturday, November 8 from 8:30am–4pm

Wheaton Evangelical Free Church
520 East Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

Register Online

Early Bird Registration: Individuals–$50 or Couples–$75 (Register by October 15 for special pricing)

Standard Registration Rate: Individuals–$60 or Couples–$85

 

Questions? Contact Betty

 

 

Planning Events that Reinforce Your Vision

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Are you looking forward to planning some special events for your children’s and youth ministry this spring and summer? Here are some helpful reminders from Betty Dodge’s presentation, “Reinforcing the Vision with Events and Programs”: 

  • Glorify God and increase joy in Him by planning events that: (more…)

Light in a Dark World

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…Karl Marx declared that the modern age would sweep all conventional morality and political structures aside in a complete transformation of values. In his memorable words, “all that is solid melts into air.” We are in the age of the advanced meltdown of those values. What Marx promised is now happening before our eyes. What can explain it? A witness to the collapse of Marx’s revolution, that great Russian prophet Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, explained it with four simple words: “Men have forgotten God.” And so they have. Nothing else can explain the great shift in worldview we are witnessing.—R. Albert Mohler,Jr.

When I read this quote, it would be an understatement to say my heart is moved. Christians will be stirred by God’s calling to bring his light and truth to a darkened, shifting world. But how quickly this passion can be beaten down and intimidated by thinking about the enormity of the task—discouragement, even despair can settle in and immobilize us.

How near “the point of no return” our society seems to be! What can one person do to pull it back—even a little?

To start, we can remember God! He is all-powerful and wonderful, and nothing is impossible for Him. He sends forth His word, and it accomplishes His purposes! The darkness will not overcome His light! Do not be afraid! Now is the time to immerse yourself in God’s word and let Him equip you to teach the Bible to the next generation—that these young ones also would remember God and know that He is all-powerful and wonderful, and that nothing is impossible for Him.

We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. (Psalm 78:4 ESV)

Then, as you faithfully and persistently disciple the next generation, trust in God’s promises to bring forth the growth! You are pouring the light of God’s truth, His words of life, into those who will one day courageously lead their generation as Christ’s beacons in the world.

Children Desiring God partners with churches and families for just this purpose. Through curriculum, books, website resources, and the IMPACT regional conferences and seminars, we hope to encourage and equip you with tools to effectively disciple the next generation of light-bearers. We invite you to join us and learn more about our discipleship vision at our next IMPACT Regional Conference to be held in Austin, Texas on March 21-22, followed by IMPACT: Los Angeles on May 2-3. Click here for more information on these conferences, and then watch our website for dates and locations of future IMPACT Regional Conferences near you.

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