Parenting is hard. But it is even more difficult for Christian parents to raise kids in today’s changing culture.
When the world is constantly pulling your family in different directions, it is a challenge to stay centered on Christ. What does it look like for moms and dads to be gospel-shaped parents in a shifting society? How can churches prepare parents to lead their children in a Christ-centered way?
Join us for the fourth annual ERLC National Conference on “Parenting: Christ-Centered Parenting in a Complex World” On August 24-26, 2017 at the historic Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN, this event will welcome key speakers including Russell Moore, Jim Daly, Sally Lloyd-Jones, Todd Wagner, and Jen Wilkin.
Through plenaries, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, this conference will equip you to apply the gospel to many aspects of parenting:
- Raising counter-cultural kids
- Shaping children’s hearts
- Addressing the problem of pornography
- Navigating technology and media with your kids
- Discussing the birds and the bees
- Pressing on when you fail as a parent
- Championing adoption and foster care
- Making wise decisions on issues like sports and school
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 | AFTERNOON SESSION | 1:00-5:00 P.M.
Keynote | Russell Moore | Cross-Shaped Parenting
Talk | Jim Daly | How to Build a Thriving Family
Talk | Randall Goodgame | Slugs and Bugs: Saturating Children with Scripture
Talk | Nancy Guthrie | Parenting through the Hard Seasons
Talk | Todd Wagner | Pressing On when You Fail as a Parent
Panel | Talking to Your Kids about Difficult Issues | Dan Darling, Naomi Overton, David Prince, Chip Dean
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 | EVENING SESSION | 7:00-9:20 P.M.
Talk | John Stonestreet | A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World
Talk | Dean Inserra | The Problem of Porn: Gospel Hope for Parents and Teens
Keynote | J.D. Greear | Ready to Launch: How Mission Shapes Children
Panel | The Birds and the Bees | Andrew Walker, Jimmy Scroggins, Dennis Rainey, J.D. Greear, and Barbara Rainey
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 | MORNING SESSION | 8:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Breakout Session | A Brave New World: Abortion, Adoption, Infertility, Contraception, Foster Care, Reproductive Technology, and the Future of the Family | Brent Leatherwood, Jamie Ivey, Briana Stensrud, Dan Dumas, and Rachel Metzger
Keynote | Crawford Loritts | Never Walk Away: Lessons on Integrity from a Father Who Lived It
Keynote | Dennis Rainey | Hindsight 20/20: Gospel Lessons I Learned Raising Children
Panel | Family on the Margins | Lindsay Swartz, Crawford Loritts, Jen Wilkin, Jamie Ivey, and Todd Wagner
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 | AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS | 1:00-5:00 P.M.
2a Breakout Session | Decisions, Decisions: How to Make Wise Choices on Family Options like School, Sports, Media, and Technology | Dan Patterson, Tony Reinke, Nicole Lino, David Prince
Breakout Session | All God’s Children: Growing Kids who Embrace a Biblical View of Racial Unity | Steven Harris, Jason Paredes, Afshin Ziafat, Trillia Newbell, Byron Day, Rachel Metzger
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 | EVENING SESSION | 7:00-9:00 P.M.
Keynote | Phil Vischer | Beyond Veggie Tales: Forming the Moral Imagination of Your Kids
Interview | Russell Moore and Sally Lloyd-Jones | Capturing Children’s Hearts with the Bible
Keynote | Andrew Peterson | Captivating Children with the Beauty of the Gospel
Panel | Songwriters and Storytellers | Russell Moore, Sally Lloyd-Jones, Andrew Peterson, and Phil Vischer
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 | 8:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Talk | Phillip Bethancourt | Family Feud: Parenting and Spiritual Warfare
Keynote | Jen Wilkin | How to Raise an Alien Child
Keynote | Senator Ben Sasse | The Vanishing American Adult
Panel | The Family Life of Christian Leaders | Phillip Bethancourt, Nicole Lino, Lauren Chandler, and Halim Suh