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Training Up the Next Generation to Follow Christ the King!



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


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

Children Desiring God Blog // IMPACT: Chicago Conference

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

Children Desiring God Blog //  IMPACT: Chicago Conference

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



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.

Join us at IMPACT: The Next Generation!


This school year, Children Desiring God is traveling across the country to meet you at our IMPACT regional conferences. These weekends are a time of vision casting, worship, encouragement, and training for pastors, children’s ministry leaders and volunteers, parents, and anyone who cares about the next generation. Join us at one of these three upcoming events to learn how you can impact you family and children’s ministry!

February 7-8  •  Rochester, New York

There is still time to join us this weekend at Journey Christian Church in Rochester, New York. Registration will be available onsite and click here for conference details.

March 21-22  •  Austin, Texas

Registration is now open for our conference at High Point Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. Learn more about the conference details and 8 seminar choices. Register now to receive the early bird discount!

May 2-3  •  Los Angeles, California

Our final event this spring will be at Grace Evangelical Church in the L.A. area. Stay tuned for more conference details and registration information!



With this vision to spread…We will go!


Our mission is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only One who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart.

We want millions in every generation to set their hope in God. To that end, we aim to is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus fuel spiritual desire by producing God-centered, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting resources, and by equipping parents and churches working in partnership to instruct the mind, engage the heart, and nurture the faith of the next generations.

This vision statement is the touchstone of the CDG discipleship efforts of teaching, writing, and ministry through curriculum, books, booklets, website, blog, apps…and now through the IMPACT Regional Conferences. Recently, a new focus was set at CDG on advancing this glorious vision for the joy of coming generations through IMPACT Regional Conferences—in other words, through much prayer and planning, we determined to “go on the road.”

Our IMPACT Regional Conferences feature three vision-casting plenary sessions featuring David and Sally Michael, founders of Children Desiring God. David and Sally then join others from the CDG staff to offer a variety of break-out seminars that give practical assistance to parents, pastors, Christian education leaders, teachers, and small group leaders in their discipleship efforts. An added blessing for those attending IMPACT is the opportunity to form networks with church leadership, Christian educators, and parents in their area for encouragement and prayer.

Here’s what others are saying about previous IMPACT Regional Conferences:

“The IMPACT Conference presents solid biblical foundations of teaching the next generation. I think the conference is also a good way to connect with people of other churches and to encourage each other.”

“The conference gave us new tools and more substance to help others understand the great truths of the Bible.”

“5 out of the 10 moms in my small group went to the conference and have been so blessed and challenged in our own spiritual walk and the call to impact effectively our children for God, that we are now sharing what we learned with the other moms. Also, your website is filled with lectures which we will utilize for small group times to further our learning. Thank you so much!”

“I told several people that attended the conference with me from our church that these seminars should be required consumption for all current or prospective parents. It’s never too late to learn this information but the earlier you receive it, the better.”

“This conference was truly a blessing. It reminded me again of the importance of pointing to God and his Son Jesus Christ in every aspect of parenting and Children’s ministry. It was also a great reminder of how to properly teach young children the Word of God, especially young children who we foolishly think shouldn’t be taught anything because they don’t “understand.” I really hope to put into practice what I learned at the conference. It was a blessing to me and to all the other fellow brothers and sisters.”

“As a teacher, I was really excited to be preparing this week’s lessons and hearing Sally and David’s voices as I read through them. Thanks for your heart for our Mighty Savior and our kids! CDG ROCKS!”

We hope you can join us for an upcoming IMPACT Regional Conference:

    • ROCHESTER, NEW YORK—February 7-8
    • AUSTIN, TEXAS—March 21-22

Impact: The Next Generation

Impact: The Next Generation

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IMPACT: The Next Generation is a series of regional conferences throughout the United States and Canada designed to spread the biblical vision for God-centered discipleship of children and youth.

IMPACT will provide a unique opportunity for parents, pastors, ministry teams, teachers and youth leaders to be encouraged and equipped for ministry. Most importantly, Children Desiring God wants to proclaim a biblical vision for the next generation in order to equip church and home for the God-given responsibility to nurture the faith of children and youth.

Learn more about upcoming IMPACT dates and locations, schedule, sessions, conference rates and conference speakers.


Date: October 18-19, 2013
Venue: The Metropolitan Bible Church
Location: Ottawa, Ontario CANADA

Register online or by calling 877.400.1414.

Download the brochure for registration details, hotel information and seminar selections.


Date: November 8-9, 2013
Venue: Open Door Presbyterian Church
View church website in Korean
Location: Herndon, Virginia

Additional details and registration information coming soon!

On the Road with CDG

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This week Children Desiring God hits the road for two major events. First stop is The Cincinnati Homeschool Convention (April 4-6). David and Sally Michael will be presenting two workshops:

  • A Vision for Growing a God-centered, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting Generation
  • Teaching the Bible to Spread the Supremacy of God in All Things (more…)
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