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When you walk along the road. When you sit in your house. When you lie down. When you get up. Deuteronomy 6 describes the everyday opportunities to disciple our families. Discipleship is not an event—it’s a way of life. It is built on disciplined, oft-repeated routines, woven into the fabric of everyday living increasing the children’s stickability of those daily disciplines into adulthood to share with the next generation. God’s plan emphasized everyday teachable moments as we share our faith with our families and others. Churches partner with parents and adult mentors to have intentional faith conversations with children and step into each opportunity to connect with the hearts of another generation. Together, churches and families, let’s focus on discipleship every day!
Friday, March 8
 

9:00am AKST

210 Upper Level: Teaching Parents to Be the Spiritual Leaders in Their Homes
Parents are the greatest influencers in their children's lives. How well are you doing in equipping them to lead their children spiritually? In this session, you will walk away with tools that will benefit and teach parents to lead their children and be the primary disciple makers in their home.

Speakers
avatar for Lena Wooten

Lena Wooten

Director of Marketing, D6 Family Ministry
With 20 years in children and family ministry, Lena Wooten co-leads with her husband Josh at a Nashville church. A mother of two and director of marketing for D6 Family, her deep insight into family dynamics enriches her work. Lena's dedication to family ministry, evident in her diverse... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
210

9:00am AKST

212 Upper Level: We're Using Old Maps
Have you ever wondered where we got our model for children's ministry? The reality is, the map we are operating from is based off of 1970s, 80s, and 90s assumptions that were published in the early 2000s. In this keynote we will discuss and evaluate these assumptions and their influences in the past. Then we will turn our attention to the future to discuss the New Map of children's ministry (hint, it's an ancient map).

Speakers
avatar for Matt Markins

Matt Markins

President & CEO, Awana
Matt Markins is the president and CEO of Awana. Matt is the co-author of four books (most notably, The Faith of Our Children) and co-founder of the Child Discipleship Forum and D6 Conference. He has commissioned eleven research projects since 2013, including Children’s Ministry... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
212

9:00am AKST

213 Upper Level: Connection and Belonging: True NextGen Ministry in Your Church
From babies to graduates, there is immeasurable value in reaching the next generation with the good news of Jesus. But what would it look like to see the whole church work together to build connection and belonging for these kids, students, and their families? Join Brett Buckland and Crystal Mazzuca from Lifeway Christian Resources as they share biblical philosophy and practical strategies for developing a NextGen alignment and approach that can benefit your whole church.

Speakers
avatar for Brett Buckland

Brett Buckland

Manger for Student Ongoing Publishing, Lifeway
Brett Buckland is the manager for Student Ongoing Publishing at Lifeway. He has served 11 years in local student ministry and loves helping students understand their identity is found in Christ only. Brett, his wife Charis, and their seven children live in Spring Hill, Tennessee... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Mazzuca

Crystal Mazzuca

Kids Content Editor & Resource Specialist, Hyfi by Lifeway Christian Resources
Crystal Mazzuca is the kids content editor and resource specialist for Hyfi by Lifeway Christian Resources. With over 25 years serving in NextGen ministry, Crystal has a passion to equip and empower leaders, families, and the church as a whole to disciple kids and students. Crystal... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
213

9:00am AKST

Adams Room: Parenting the Parents of Children and Teen Ministry
Find four easy avenues of helping equip the parents in your church to better parent their kids. Being intentional through the seasons, conversations, and mentoring opportunities. The session will conclude with the best tools to share with your parents.

Speakers
avatar for Derek Altom

Derek Altom

D6 Conference Coordinator, D6 Family Ministry
Derek is the director of events and development at D6 Family Ministry. Derek and his wife, Jennifer, have been married over 18 years. Together they live in Hermitage, Tennessee with their four boys (Stephen, Larry, Josiah, and Silas) and their two dogs (Peyton Manning and Phoebe... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
Adams

9:00am AKST

Baker Room: D6 HomePoint Strategies for Every Day Family Discipleship
What does at home and along the road look like for families today? This breakout will unpack the D6 HomePoint strategies to equip families with practical tools and routines for family discipleship they can weave into the fabric of everyday life. Ideal for strategic leaders in family and discipleship ministries.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Goodyear

Tim Goodyear

COO, D6 HomePoint
Tim loves to help leaders explore and implement strategies for family discipleship and has partnered with over 800 churches of every size and tradition. After 18 years as an engineer in the corporate world, Tim earned a Th.M. from Dallas Seminary and served in pastoral roles at Lakepointe... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
Baker

9:00am AKST

F Lower Level: D6 Land and the Future of Education- Korean Track
Education designed by God is connecting faith between generations. This is D6 education that existed in the past, present, and will continue to exist in the future. D6 Land education integrates home, church, and school to build disciples across generations and evoke revival between generations.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Kim

Paul Kim

D6 Korea Director
Pastor Paul (Chi Nam) Kim Is a senior pastor at Jesus Village Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Canada, D6 Korea director, and husband to a loving wife Su Young Kim with one son and four daughters.


Friday March 8, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
F

9:00am AKST

G Lower Level: Ministry to Kids and Families With Special Needs Sunday Morning and Beyond
How do you disciple children and families living with disability? The needs of these families are greater than what we can provide for in an hour on Sunday. But where do you begin? Learn best practices for Sunday morning but also ways to engage your church with creative, practical, and fun initiatives including respite and wrap-around care that may transform your ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Kuck

Marie Kuck

Co-Founder, Nathaniel's Hope
Marie Kuck is co-founder of Nathaniel’s Hope, a ministry that celebrates kids with special needs (VIPs) and equips the local church for ministry to this community. As a mom to a VIP in Heaven, author, and former youth minister, Marie is passionate about helping you minister to God’s... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
G

9:00am AKST

H Lower Level: Stop the Preteen Disengagement
Help kids (and their families) transition well from children’s ministries into youth ministries at your church by capturing their hearts, engaging them in serving, and building a foundation of faith.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Hoffman

Chad Hoffman

Executive Pastor, Chad Hoffman/Alderwood Community Church
Chad is passionate about helping people become more of who God has created them to be. He has over 16 years of working with single-site and multi-site churches across the United States and Canada as a pastor, consultant, and speaker. In addition to currently working as a pastor to... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
H

9:00am AKST

J Lower Level: Volunteers Do More Than Volunteer—You Gotta Love Them
Volunteers are the church’s greatest asset, yet sometimes we just see them as warm bodies and not as Christ followers to disciple. The breakout goal is to know the value of your volunteers and how to value them. The hope is that you will be encouraged to have a renewed appreciation for those who minister with you.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Trimble

Mike Trimble

Lead Pastor, Kirby Church
Mike is a children’s pastor wannabe in a lead pastor’s role. He is the lead pastor of Kirby Church in the Detroit area and has served there for over 30 years. He enjoys encouraging those who lead others in advancing the church. He has three kids who have careers in music, comedy... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
J

9:00am AKST

L Lower Level: Addressing Deconstruction
In today's world, it seems that the practice of deconstruction of faith is a widely discussed phenomenon. In this session we will discuss deconstruction, reflect on its connections to the faith formation process, and consider how we can create space for reconstruction in the midst of our complicated times.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Ziefle

Joshua Ziefle

Dean of the College of Ministry, Northwest University
Josh Ziefle serves as dean of the College of Ministry at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. His Ph.D. in Church History is from Princeton Seminary. He is also an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and served for six years as a youth minister. His first role at... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
L

9:00am AKST

STARS: First Aid for Children With Emotional Difficulties
Between 10–20% of all children suffer from a diagnosable emotional problem. In this session we will look at actions to take to help children. Specific emphasis will be placed on interventions laypeople can use to help with anxiety and depression.

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Moody

Eddie Moody

Executive Secretary, NAFWB
Eddie serves the National Association of Free Will Baptists. For over 25 years he engaged in the training of professional counselors working as a professor of counselor education and associate dean of the school of education. He also served as pastor for nearly 20 years. He is the... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am AKST
Auditorium

9:50am AKST

EXHIBITS
Friday March 8, 2024 9:50am - 10:25am AKST
Glacier

10:30am AKST

General Session 1
Friday March 8, 2024 10:30am - 12:00pm AKST
Auditorium

10:30am AKST

(1) We're Stuck in a Stalemate
Leaders engage in the D6 Conference for many reasons, but one unifying reason is this: we believe that God's two agents of formation -- the church and home -- are God's design to shape the faith of our children. But what are we supposed to do when parents do not engage in the discipleship of their own kids? It can sometimes feel like we are stuck, gridlocked or even at a stalemate. Using the latest research from the book The Faith of Our Children, Matt Markins will walk us through fresh insights to inform how we move beyond the soundbite "parents are the primary disciplers of their kids" into a world where parents are confidently equipped to engage their own kids spiritually.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Markins

Matt Markins

President & CEO, Awana
Matt Markins is the president and CEO of Awana. Matt is the co-author of four books (most notably, The Faith of Our Children) and co-founder of the Child Discipleship Forum and D6 Conference. He has commissioned eleven research projects since 2013, including Children’s Ministry... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 10:30am - 12:00pm AKST
Auditorium

10:30am AKST

(2) You Don’t Have to Be Cool & There is No Secret Sauce
Reaching the next generation doesn’t require a wardrobe change and there are no secret sauces that have to be discovered. There are timeless truths that every leader and parent needs to know about reaching, discipling, and mobilizing the next generation with the Gospel. What are they?

Speakers
avatar for Shane Pruitt

Shane Pruitt

National Next Gen Director, North American Mission Board
Shane serves as the national Next Gen director for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). He and his wife, Kasi reside in Texas, with their five children. He has been in ministry for over 20 years as a denominational leader, church planter, lead pastor, and student pastor. Shane... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 10:30am - 12:00pm AKST
Auditorium

12:00pm AKST

STARS: Grit and Growth-Mindset in Early Childhood



Speakers
avatar for Shelly Melia

Shelly Melia

Dallas Baptist University
Dr. Shelly Melia serves as the associate dean of the Graduate School of Ministry and Professor of Childhood Education at Dallas Baptist University. She oversees the Master of Arts in Family Ministry and Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry. Prior to coming to DBU she served as... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 12:00pm - 1:00pm AKST
Auditorium

12:00pm AKST

Lunch Break
Friday March 8, 2024 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKST

1:30pm AKST

General Session 2
Friday March 8, 2024 1:30pm - 2:50pm AKST
Auditorium

1:30pm AKST

(1) Mickey Mouse and Musical Chairs: Three Characteristics of Healthy Discipleship
Discover how the world has changed even though the principles have not. Learn how three key concepts will guide you forward: relational, conversational, and generational. All three make a world of difference as kids emerge into adulthood.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Hunter

Ron Hunter

CEO, D6 Family Ministry
Ron Hunter authored six books, four on family ministry and two on leadership. He loves movie nights with his wife, woodworking, and history. He is the CEO of D6 Family Ministry (publisher of D6 curriculum), founder of D6, D6 Conference director, and adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 1:30pm - 2:50pm AKST
Auditorium

1:30pm AKST

(2) Why Family Ministry is Getting Harder
There are four main reasons family ministry is getting harder. At least two of them might surprise you. Understanding how to tackle each will help your church become strategic about making disciples of Christ rather than products of the culture.

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Bruner

Kurt Bruner

Kurt is the author of It Starts at Home and founder of DriveFaithHome.com. Over 780 churches have customized the family ministry model he pioneered while serving as pastor of spiritual formation at the 15,000-member Lake Pointe Church near Dallas Texas. Kurt now serves persecuted... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 1:30pm - 2:50pm AKST
Auditorium

2:50pm AKST

EXHIBITS
Friday March 8, 2024 2:50pm - 3:50pm AKST
Glacier

4:00pm AKST

210 Upper Level: Stop Hitting Snooze: 7 Alarms Going Off on Reaching the Next Generation
There are seven crucial alarms going off in our Next Gen Ministries. What are they? How do we address them? It’s time to wake up and be intentional in how we respond to these alarms. We must stop hitting snooze if we’re going to be effective moving forward.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Pruitt

Shane Pruitt

National Next Gen Director, North American Mission Board
Shane serves as the national Next Gen director for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). He and his wife, Kasi reside in Texas, with their five children. He has been in ministry for over 20 years as a denominational leader, church planter, lead pastor, and student pastor. Shane... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 4:00pm - 4:50pm AKST
210

4:00pm AKST

212 Upper Level: Stalemate: Moving Family Ministry From Primary to Partnership
The modern-day Family Ministry and NextGen movements were birthed in the early 2000s. After two decades, the church and home are at a discipleship stalemate. In this session, we will identify the key factors that make up the stalemate. We will also discuss how to break through to a more fruitful path where parents are stepping up in their calling to disciple their own kids.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Markins

Matt Markins

President & CEO, Awana
Matt Markins is the president and CEO of Awana. Matt is the co-author of four books (most notably, The Faith of Our Children) and co-founder of the Child Discipleship Forum and D6 Conference. He has commissioned eleven research projects since 2013, including Children’s Ministry... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 4:00pm - 4:50pm AKST
212

4:00pm AKST

213 Upper Level: Gospel Centered Family: Exploring the Power of a Family Focused on the Gospel
This session will equip leaders with strategies to instruct parents and families in our churches to live out the gospel. We will focus on practical ways to replicate that will allow families of all designs the ability to live out the gospel as missionaries in the place were God has placed them.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Brand Manager, Lifeway's The Gospel Project
Kevin serves as a pastor at St. John Missionary Baptist church, brand manager for Lifeway's The Gospel Project, and dean of the School of Education and Social Work at Cedarville University.


Friday March 8, 2024 4:00pm - 4:50pm AKST
213

4:00pm AKST

Adams Room: Cultural Pivot: How the Culture Has Swallowed Our Kids, and What to Do About It
As Millennials turn 40 and AlphaGen enters middle school, our young have been raised in a culture that has reshaped what it means to grow up. This cultural shift, or pivot, plays a big part of changing how our young grow up. We must rethink our strategy for parenting, ministry, and life.

Speakers
avatar for Chap Clark

Chap Clark

Executive Director, Parenteen & Institute for Ministry Leadership
Chap Clark, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of Parenteen and the Institute for Ministry Leadership. A former professor at Fuller Seminary, Chap is a global speaker and consultant, author of two dozen books, and a nationally recognized expert on cultural and generational... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 4:00pm - 4:50pm AKST
Adams

4:00pm AKST

Baker Room: Generational Shifts and Strategies for Creating Relational Discipleship
For those who enjoy learning about generational characteristics and how they impact the church, this session is for you. We will be focusing on the newest generation—Gen Alpha—and their need for a relational discipleship paradigm.

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Melia

Shelly Melia

Dallas Baptist University
Dr. Shelly Melia serves as the associate dean of the Graduate School of Ministry and Professor of Childhood Education at Dallas Baptist University. She oversees the Master of Arts in Family Ministry and Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry. Prior to coming to DBU she served as... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 4:00pm - 4:50pm AKST
Baker

4:00pm AKST

F Lower Level: The Intergenerational Transmission of Faith Through Biblical Culture – Korean Track
Intergenerational faith transmission through biblical culture, cultivating a culture of sacrifice, providing full support for next generation, and empowering Next-Gen leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Sungwan Kim

Sungwan Kim

Pastor, The Community Church of Seattle
Sungwan Kim is the cell division pastor of The Community Church of Seattle. He is an adjunctive researcher of Educational Research and Development. Sungwan has earned a Ph.D. in Foundations of Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, an MACE in Family Ministry from... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 4:00pm - 4:50pm AKST
F

4:00pm AKST

G Lower Level: Cultivating Generosity in Children & Families
Jesus teaches that our hearts follow our treasure. Our culture teaches us to follow our hearts and stockpile treasure, leading us to become self-centered consumers. If we want to raise children whose hearts are fully devoted to Him, we must train young hearts to treasure His kingdom.

Speakers
avatar for Don Ross

Don Ross

Team Leader, Northwest Ministry Network
Dr. Don Ross currently serves as the Northwest Ministry Network team leader. This network is comprised of 350 churches and 1,400 ministers in Washington State and North Idaho. The Northwest Ministry Network makes planting churches a priority, launching 135 new churches in the past... Read More →
avatar for Nate Hartman

Nate Hartman

Children't Director, NW Ministry Network
Nate is an ordained minister and children’s ministry director for the NW Ministry Network. He’s a pastor’s kid who loves the church and equipping church leaders. Nate enjoys sharing biblical truth in practical ways and helping others discover their God-given purpose. He received... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 4:00pm - 4:50pm AKST
G

4:00pm AKST

H Lower Level: Forming Faith That Lasts Past College
Nearly one-third of public college students who identify as Christians in their freshman year no longer identify as Christians in their senior year. They haven’t merely withdrawn from church. They no longer profess faith in Jesus at all. How can your children’s and student ministries form everyday faith that lasts? Timothy Paul Jones provides four research-driven strategies for forming faith that lasts past college.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Paul Jones

Timothy Paul Jones

Timothy Paul Jones is a husband, father, pastor, professor, and bestselling author of Family Ministry Field Guide and Why Should I Trust the Bible? He teaches apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as a teaching pastor at Sojourn Church Midtown, a multiethnic... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 4:00pm - 4:50pm AKST
H

4:00pm AKST

J Lower Level: We are Family: Key Foundations of a Discipleship Culture
This talk defines the realities of corporate discipleship in both the church and in our families. Learners engage four quadrants of discipleship development that congregations and families should be thinking about when seeking to develop fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Speakers
avatar for John Mark Yeats

John Mark Yeats

President, Corban University
Dr. John Mark Yeats serves as the 11th president of Corban University. Yeats holds a Ph.D. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He seeks to help students and their families contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Dr. Yeats is married to... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 4:00pm - 4:50pm AKST
J

4:00pm AKST

L Lower Level: Equipping Your Congregation to Be First Aid Ready
Our communities are hurting. Depression is at an all-time high (17.8%), and a daily average of 132 people take their lives. The church is called to help. Is your congregation ready? In this session, we will look at how to equip ourselves and our congregation to be first aid ready.


Speakers
avatar for Eddie Moody

Eddie Moody

Executive Secretary, NAFWB
Eddie serves the National Association of Free Will Baptists. For over 25 years he engaged in the training of professional counselors working as a professor of counselor education and associate dean of the school of education. He also served as pastor for nearly 20 years. He is the... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 4:00pm - 4:50pm AKST
L

4:00pm AKST

STARS: Reaching the Hard Kids
Learn how to not only reach but also teach those kids who require extra time and attention in a way that establishes a connection with both you and their Creator.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa MacDonald

Melissa MacDonald

Melissa J. MacDonald is a leader of leaders, coach, author, and prolific speaker. She is considered one of the leading voices in children's ministry today. Her dynamic style of speaking keeps her audience laughing, crying, and thinking deeply all at the same time. She travels extensively... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 4:00pm - 5:00pm AKST
Auditorium

5:00pm AKST

EXHIBITS
Friday March 8, 2024 5:00pm - 5:30pm AKST
Glacier

5:30pm AKST

End of Day 1
Friday March 8, 2024 5:30pm - 5:30pm AKST
 
Saturday, March 9
 

8:00am AKST

Doors Open
Saturday March 9, 2024 8:00am - 8:55am AKST

9:00am AKST

210 Upper Level: Did You Say a Teaching Nursery?
Yes! The babies and toddlers in your church can learn and will love learning about God and His Word. Nursery ministry is far more than babysitting. We’ll explore opportunities to intentionally teach the youngest attendees at your church and build relationships with their parents.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Greenwood

Katie Greenwood

Curriculum Director, D6 Family Ministry
Katie Greenwood is the curriculum director at D6 Family Ministry. She has served in local church ministry for more than three decades and has a passion for inspiring godly marriages and encouraging parents as the spiritual leaders in their homes. Katie and her husband Steve enjoy... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
210

9:00am AKST

212 Upper Level: 10 Proven Habits for Family Faith Conversations at Home
We know parents are responsible for training their children in the way of the Lord. We also know that most don’t do it. Ministry leaders seek to fill the gaps, but they don’t always know how. In this breakout, Melanie Hester, the Awana director of discipleship engagement, offers practical ideas to share with parents to help them form consistent, doable discipleship habits at home.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Hester

Melanie Hester

Director of Discipleship Engagement, Awana
Melanie Hester serves as the director of discipleship engagement at Awana. A passionate disciplemaker of children, she holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and most recently became an executive leadership coach to help children's ministry leaders. She is a wife and mom... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
212

9:00am AKST

213 Upper Level: Casting & Communicating a Compelling Vision for Your Ministry
It's not enough to have a vision for your ministry; you need to communicate and articulate your vision in a way that is clear and compelling to staffers, volunteers, parents, and the church. In this session, Chuck will explore practical and insightful tips for solidifying your vision by leading with the “why.”

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Peters

Chuck Peters

Director, Lifeway Kids
Chuck Peters is director of Lifeway Kids. A graduate of Columbia Bible College, Chuck and his wife Cris have served in kids, student, and groups ministry for many years in New Jersey, California, Florida, and Tennessee. Before joining Lifeway, Chuck had a prolific career in television... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
213

9:00am AKST

Adams Room: Church-Friendly Discipleship for Families
Often families struggle to integrate church and family much beyond attending and serving in a ministry. This breakout is designed to help people leverage their church experience for the sake of discipleship and spiritual growth. Church and family work together to build relationships at home that grow God's kingdom.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Krause

Bill Krause

Marriage & Family Ministry Team Lead, Real Life Ministries
Bill and Jill Krause, married for 33 years, are proud parents to Josh, Matt, Anna, and Billy. Bill leads the Marriage and Family Ministry team at Real Life Ministries. His passion for family ministry began in the early '80s during his time in Children's Ministry. Since then, he has... Read More →
avatar for Jim Putman

Jim Putman

As a three-time All-American wrestler and a self-professed atheist, Jim Putman had no desire to spend time in the church culture he had observed while growing up. He was the consummate prodigal when his dad, a pastor, challenged him to prove the Bible was wrong. He took up the challenge... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
Adams

9:00am AKST

Baker Room: Communicating Timeless Truths to Today’s Generation
This session is aimed at equipping leaders and parents to communicate in a way that encourages young people to explore the Bible and encounter Jesus every day. We will share practical tips on communicating the truth of God’s Word with students in an engaging and life-changing way.

Speakers
avatar for Don Ross

Don Ross

Team Leader, Northwest Ministry Network
Dr. Don Ross currently serves as the Northwest Ministry Network team leader. This network is comprised of 350 churches and 1,400 ministers in Washington State and North Idaho. The Northwest Ministry Network makes planting churches a priority, launching 135 new churches in the past... Read More →
avatar for Nate Hartman

Nate Hartman

Children't Director, NW Ministry Network
Nate is an ordained minister and children’s ministry director for the NW Ministry Network. He’s a pastor’s kid who loves the church and equipping church leaders. Nate enjoys sharing biblical truth in practical ways and helping others discover their God-given purpose. He received... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
Baker

9:00am AKST

F Lower Level: Daily Family Worship – Korean Track
Through the holiness of time, holiness of place, and holiness of people, all generations can worship God through their lives every day and all day.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Kim

Paul Kim

D6 Korea Director
Pastor Paul (Chi Nam) Kim Is a senior pastor at Jesus Village Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Canada, D6 Korea director, and husband to a loving wife Su Young Kim with one son and four daughters.


Saturday March 9, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
F

9:00am AKST

G Lower Level: How to Reach and Keep Families at Your Church
Every church leader wants to see new faces come through the doors of their church. However, many of us get frustrated when it seems our faith community isn’t having the reach we are working toward. Come learn how you can create an attractive community, and help families engage so they will stick!

Speakers
avatar for Chad Hoffman

Chad Hoffman

Executive Pastor, Chad Hoffman/Alderwood Community Church
Chad is passionate about helping people become more of who God has created them to be. He has over 16 years of working with single-site and multi-site churches across the United States and Canada as a pastor, consultant, and speaker. In addition to currently working as a pastor to... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
G

9:00am AKST

H Lower Level: Answering Tough Questions to Build and Shape Worldview
Students have questions. Lots of questions. Are you helping them by getting to the underlying questions that make sense of the world? This talk looks at seven key question domains that most students ask in some form or another that we should be answering in our ministries.

Speakers
avatar for John Mark Yeats

John Mark Yeats

President, Corban University
Dr. John Mark Yeats serves as the 11th president of Corban University. Yeats holds a Ph.D. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He seeks to help students and their families contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Dr. Yeats is married to... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
H

9:00am AKST

J Lower Level: How to Rejuvenate YOUR Bible Reading
We all know we should read the Bible consistently. But how do we turn the should into want? That’s what we’re going to explore. We’ll look at both mindset and process for reading, studying, and ENJOYING God’s Word!

Speakers
avatar for Keith Ferrin

Keith Ferrin

Keith Ferrin is a speaker and author of more than a dozen books. He has been speaking at conferences and churches for almost 30 years. He uses live events, books, YouTube videos, courses and the BibleLife Community™ to equip individuals and families to not just read and study the... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 9:00am - 9:50am AKST
J

9:00am AKST

STARS: Increasing Resiliency in Children
Do you ever wonder why some children seem to be naturally resilient while others struggle? This session will outline five factors that help children be resilient and provide ideas for encouraging resiliency in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Melia

Shelly Melia

Dallas Baptist University
Dr. Shelly Melia serves as the associate dean of the Graduate School of Ministry and Professor of Childhood Education at Dallas Baptist University. She oversees the Master of Arts in Family Ministry and Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry. Prior to coming to DBU she served as... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am AKST
Auditorium

9:50am AKST

EXHIBITS
Saturday March 9, 2024 9:50am - 10:25am AKST
Glacier

10:30am AKST

General Session 3
Saturday March 9, 2024 10:30am - 12:00pm AKST
Auditorium

10:30am AKST

(1) The Story of God in a Biblically Illiterate Age
How do we teach the Bible when culture has become increasingly biblically illiterate? How do we help students know the importance of God's Word and what it means for our lives? In this session, we will consider the broad scope of the biblical narrative for young people, and a way they can engage it for themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Ziefle

Joshua Ziefle

Dean of the College of Ministry, Northwest University
Josh Ziefle serves as dean of the College of Ministry at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. His Ph.D. in Church History is from Princeton Seminary. He is also an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and served for six years as a youth minister. His first role at... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 10:30am - 12:00pm AKST
Auditorium

10:30am AKST

(2) Protecting Your Children from Enemy Assault
Don’t be deceived, the principalities and powers of darkness are discipling your kids. Children are primary targets of the enemy. Parents must fight for their kids and disciple them better than the evil one does.

Speakers
avatar for Randy Adams

Randy Adams

Executive Director, Northwest Baptist Convention
Randy Adams is the executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention with 40 years in pastoral ministry. After obtaining a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, a ministry call took him to Southwestern Seminary where he earned a Ph.D. Parenting his children and pastoral ministry have... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 10:30am - 12:00pm AKST
Auditorium

10:30am AKST

(3) Every Day Apologetics
In an increasingly secular world, what can parents do to prepare their children to defend their faith? What’s needed most of all isn’t another apologetics conference or curriculum. It’s a habit of apologetics ever day! In this session, apologetics professor Timothy Paul Jones provides a clear vision for how parents and the church can strengthen faith by partnering together to practice ordinary apologetics every day.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Paul Jones

Timothy Paul Jones

Timothy Paul Jones is a husband, father, pastor, professor, and bestselling author of Family Ministry Field Guide and Why Should I Trust the Bible? He teaches apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as a teaching pastor at Sojourn Church Midtown, a multiethnic... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 10:30am - 12:00pm AKST
Auditorium

10:30am AKST

(4) World Changers
Who are they, how are they changing the world, and how do we come alongside what God is doing through them?

Speakers
avatar for Melissa MacDonald

Melissa MacDonald

Melissa J. MacDonald is a leader of leaders, coach, author, and prolific speaker. She is considered one of the leading voices in children's ministry today. Her dynamic style of speaking keeps her audience laughing, crying, and thinking deeply all at the same time. She travels extensively... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 10:30am - 12:00pm AKST
Auditorium

12:00pm AKST

STARS: Teachers as Catalysts: Leading with Play



Speakers
avatar for Ron Hunter

Ron Hunter

CEO, D6 Family Ministry
Ron Hunter authored six books, four on family ministry and two on leadership. He loves movie nights with his wife, woodworking, and history. He is the CEO of D6 Family Ministry (publisher of D6 curriculum), founder of D6, D6 Conference director, and adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 12:00pm - 1:00pm AKST
Auditorium

12:00pm AKST

Lunch Break
Saturday March 9, 2024 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKST

1:30pm AKST

210 Upper Level: D6 HomePoint Strategies for Every Day Family Discipleship
What does at home and along the road look like for families today? This breakout will unpack the D6 HomePoint strategies to equip families with practical tools and routines for family discipleship they can weave into the fabric of everyday life. Ideal for strategic leaders in family and discipleship ministries.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Goodyear

Tim Goodyear

COO, D6 HomePoint
Tim loves to help leaders explore and implement strategies for family discipleship and has partnered with over 800 churches of every size and tradition. After 18 years as an engineer in the corporate world, Tim earned a Th.M. from Dallas Seminary and served in pastoral roles at Lakepointe... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 1:30pm - 2:20pm AKST
210

1:30pm AKST

212 Upper Level: Timely Topics: Anxiety, Gender Identity, and Home Discipleship
These three topics are affecting everything about how you lead your children's ministries. In this breakout, Melanie Hester, the Awana director of discipleship engagement, offers a safe space for honest discussion. Learn how these three topics are related, what's fueling the intensity behind them, and big-picture ideas for navigating this delicate space with families.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Hester

Melanie Hester

Director of Discipleship Engagement, Awana
Melanie Hester serves as the director of discipleship engagement at Awana. A passionate disciplemaker of children, she holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and most recently became an executive leadership coach to help children's ministry leaders. She is a wife and mom... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 1:30pm - 2:20pm AKST
212

1:30pm AKST

213 Upper Level: Flipping the Script: Reaching the Next Generation for Jesus
Kids of Gen Z and Generation Alpha have a fundamentally different worldview than previous generations. To reach them for Christ, the church needs to understand and address their two big cultural concerns: Belonging & Identity. This session helps leaders understand what kids are thinking and explores strategies to reach them more effectively.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Peters

Chuck Peters

Director, Lifeway Kids
Chuck Peters is director of Lifeway Kids. A graduate of Columbia Bible College, Chuck and his wife Cris have served in kids, student, and groups ministry for many years in New Jersey, California, Florida, and Tennessee. Before joining Lifeway, Chuck had a prolific career in television... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 1:30pm - 2:20pm AKST
213

1:30pm AKST

Adams Room: Marriage as a Launchpad for Discipleship
Biblical families are defined and strengthened by healthy marriages. This provides the launchpad of discipleship and evangelism that is unique and sacred. This breakout is designed to help people acknowledge the roots of their marriage and reach forward with tools and a perspective that impacts each other and the world for Christ.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Putman

Jim Putman

As a three-time All-American wrestler and a self-professed atheist, Jim Putman had no desire to spend time in the church culture he had observed while growing up. He was the consummate prodigal when his dad, a pastor, challenged him to prove the Bible was wrong. He took up the challenge... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 1:30pm - 2:20pm AKST
Adams

1:30pm AKST

Baker Room: Talk Less, Listen More
As leaders, we are quick to use our voices to problem solve and direct and lead. But what if some of our best leadership moments took place while listening instead of talking?

Speakers
avatar for Melissa MacDonald

Melissa MacDonald

Melissa J. MacDonald is a leader of leaders, coach, author, and prolific speaker. She is considered one of the leading voices in children's ministry today. Her dynamic style of speaking keeps her audience laughing, crying, and thinking deeply all at the same time. She travels extensively... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 1:30pm - 2:20pm AKST
Baker

1:30pm AKST

F Lower Level: The Impact of Culture on Making Disciples at Home – Korean Track
How can parents disciple their children effectively when cultural issues divide the home? This session will help parents better understand the influence of culture (national, ethnic, social) on their disciple-making responsibilities at home.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Shirley

Chris Shirley

Dean of Educational Ministries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Chris Shirley serves as professor of Educational Ministries and dean of the Jack D. Terry School of Educational Ministries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, teaching in the areas of discipleship, family ministry, and Bible teaching. Dr. Shirley is the author of Family... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 1:30pm - 2:20pm AKST
F

1:30pm AKST

G Lower Level: Accomplishing More With Less
Age-graded ministry can feel complicated and chaotic. However, research is showing that you can actually have more of an impact on the home by doing less with one simple shift to your approach. This breakout overviews the 4 Levels of Ministry Alignment and equips you with practical ways to get started.

Speakers
avatar for Blake McFarland

Blake McFarland

Blake has served family, youth, and children’s ministries for over a decade. This experience has shown him that culture seeks to pull families in various directions. His impassioned response has been to help local churches make disciples by aligning church efforts to strategically... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 1:30pm - 2:20pm AKST
G

1:30pm AKST

H Lower Level: Cultivating Multiethnic, Multi-Socioeconomic, Multigenerational Ministries
At the end, God will bring together people from every ethnicity into one multitude. But the book of Acts shows us churches that weren’t waiting until the end of time to unite people from every culture. Timothy Paul Jones serves as a pastor in a deeply divided inner-city context. In this session, he will equip you to develop gospel-centered diversity in your church here and now.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Paul Jones

Timothy Paul Jones

Timothy Paul Jones is a husband, father, pastor, professor, and bestselling author of Family Ministry Field Guide and Why Should I Trust the Bible? He teaches apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as a teaching pastor at Sojourn Church Midtown, a multiethnic... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 1:30pm - 2:20pm AKST
H

1:30pm AKST

J Lower Level: Upping Your Discipleship Game
Following Jesus is essential. We know it and are called to it—for ourselves and those we serve. Helping teenagers follow Jesus is an important part of our work—and in this session we'll be talking about the why of discipleship, ideas/models of discipleship, and discussing practical discipleship efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Ziefle

Joshua Ziefle

Dean of the College of Ministry, Northwest University
Josh Ziefle serves as dean of the College of Ministry at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. His Ph.D. in Church History is from Princeton Seminary. He is also an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and served for six years as a youth minister. His first role at... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 1:30pm - 2:20pm AKST
J

1:30pm AKST

STARS: Teaching Students Instead of Lessons
Explore four strategies for creating an enriching learning experience for young minds. Walk away with tools you can immediately apply in your classroom to ensure a lasting impact on the students you teach.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Greenwood

Katie Greenwood

Curriculum Director, D6 Family Ministry
Katie Greenwood is the curriculum director at D6 Family Ministry. She has served in local church ministry for more than three decades and has a passion for inspiring godly marriages and encouraging parents as the spiritual leaders in their homes. Katie and her husband Steve enjoy... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 1:30pm - 2:30pm AKST
Auditorium

2:30pm AKST

EXHIBITS
Saturday March 9, 2024 2:30pm - 2:50pm AKST
Glacier

3:00pm AKST

General Session 4
Saturday March 9, 2024 3:00pm - 4:30pm AKST
Auditorium

3:00pm AKST

(1) It Is Well With My Phone
Kids aren't the only ones scrolling mindlessly on their phones. How can we teach our kids discernment with devices and model healthy tech use ourselves?  Learn why screens are so sticky and what's at stake when a family's attention is dominated by screen time.

Speakers
avatar for Arlene Pellicane

Arlene Pellicane

Host, Happy Home Podcast
Arlene Pellicane is a speaker, host of the Happy Home podcast, and author of several books including Parents Rising, 31 Days to a Happy Husband, and Screen Kids. Arlene has been featured on the Today Show, Fox & Friends, the Wall Street Journal, and Focus on the Family. Arlene... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 3:00pm - 4:30pm AKST
Auditorium

3:00pm AKST

(2) Hope for the Prodigal
In a world filled with brokenness and waywardness, it can be discouraging and disheartening to watch someone we love drift away from faith and make destructive choices. Jim will share the powerful story of his journey from being a prodigal son, to having a prodigal son, and help equip us to navigate the challenging journey of loving and restoring the prodigals in our lives and ministries.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Putman

Jim Putman

As a three-time All-American wrestler and a self-professed atheist, Jim Putman had no desire to spend time in the church culture he had observed while growing up. He was the consummate prodigal when his dad, a pastor, challenged him to prove the Bible was wrong. He took up the challenge... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2024 3:00pm - 4:30pm AKST
Auditorium

4:30pm AKST

EXHIBITS
Saturday March 9, 2024 4:30pm - 5:00pm AKST
Glacier

5:00pm AKST

End of D6 Northwest 2024
Saturday March 9, 2024 5:00pm - 5:00pm AKST
 
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