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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



Check-in will occur Thursday, August 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The ERLC National bookstore and exhibit area will also be open during this time.

*Schedule subject to change. All time central standard time.

Thursday, August 24th

1:00-5:00 PM - Afternoon Session

5:00-7:00 PM - Dinner Break

7:00-9:30 PM - Evening Session

Friday, August 25th

8:30 AM-12:00 PM - Morning Session

12:00-2:00 PM - Lunch Break

2:00-5:00 PM - Breakout Sessions

5:00-7:00 PM - Dinner Break

7:00-9:30 PM - Evening Session

Saturday, August 26th

8:30 AM-12:00 PM - Morning Session




Cross Shaped Parenting- Russell Moore

Conversation with Russell Moore: Capturing Children's Hearts with the Bible - Sally Lloyd-Jones

Never Walk Away: Lessons on Integrity from a Father Who Lived It - Crawford Loritts

How to Raise an Alien Child - Jen Wilkin

Restored Families: How the Gospel Makes Families Whole - Eric Mason

Hindsight 20/20: Gospel Lessons I Learned Raising Children - Dennis Rainey

Ready to Launch: Shaping Your Children’s View of Sex in a Pornified World - J.D. Greear

Q&E Live: Tough Questions on ParentingRussell Moore

Captivating Children with the Beauty of the Gospel - Andrew Peterson

Short talks

Parenting through the Hard Seasons - Nancy Guthrie

Beyond Veggie Tales: Forming the Moral Imagination of Your Kids Confirmed - Phil Vischer

How to Build a Thriving Family - Jim Daly

The Problem of Porn: Gospel Hope for Parents and Teens - Dean Inserra

Pressing On when You Fail as a Parent - Todd Wagner

Family Feud: Parenting and Spiritual Warfare - Phillip Bethancourt

How a Strong Marriage Empowers You to Be Strong Parents - Danny Akin


The Birds and the Bees - Andrew Walker (moderator), Jimmy Scroggins, Dennis Rainey, & J.D. Greer

Family on the Margins - Lindsay Swartz (moderator), Crawford Loritts, Jen Wilkin, Jamie Ivey, & Todd Wagner

The Family Life of Christian Leaders - Phillip Bethancourt (moderator), Nicole Lino, Kevin Ezell, & Lauren Chandler

Talking to Your Kids about Difficult Issues - Dan Darling (moderator), Naomi Overton, David Prince, Chip Dean, & Randy Stinson


1A Breakout Session: Father Factor: How the Gospel Shapes Faithful Dads (Men Only) - Travis Wussow (moderator), James Merritt, Kevin Smith, Danny Akin, & Nathan Lino

1B Breakout Session: Decisions, Decisions: How to Make Wise Choices on Family Options like School, Sports, Media, and Technology - Daniel Patterson (moderator), Tony Reinke, Nicole Lino, Jimmy Scroggins, & David Prince

1C Breakout Session: Gospel Light in Dark Places: Depression, Suicide, Body Image and Eating Disorders - Lindsay Swartz (moderator)

2A Breakout Session: Missional Moms: Embracing the Everyday Ministry of Raising Kids (Women Only) - Trillia Newbell (moderator), Susie Hawkins, Nicole Lino, Peggy Osborne, & Lauren Chandler

2B Breakout Session: All God's Children: Growing Kids who Embrace a Biblical View of Racial Harmony - Steven Harris (moderator), Jason Paredes, & Afshin Ziafat

2C Breakout Session: The Final Frontier: Guiding Kids through the World of Technology - Jason Thacker (moderator)

3A Breakout Session: Fractured Families: Gospel Wisdom for Messy Situations - Lindsay Swartz (moderator), Jana Magruder, & Jonathan Edwards

3B Breakout Session: A Brave New World: Abortion, Adoption, Infertility, Contraception, Foster Care, Reproductive Technology, and the Future of the Family - Brent Leatherwood (moderator), Jamie Ivey, Kelly Rosati, Jeff Dodge, & Randy Stinson

3C Breakout Session: Equipping Kids to Understand Same-Sex Attraction & Gender Identity Issues - Daniel Patterson (moderator), Andrew Walker


The event will take place at the iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. Single/double occupancy rooms are $189/night plus a daily resort fee of $18/day. Rooms can be booked online on the conference page or by calling 615-889-1000 and mentioning you are attending the 2017 ERLC National Conference. Check in is 3:00 p.m. CT with check out at 11:00 a.m. CT.


Q: Can I get a refund if I am unable to attend?

A: If you need to cancel before July 15, 2017, please visit the registration page or contact us at and you will receive a full refund. If you are cancelling on or after July 15, 2017, no refunds will be provided.

Q: I cannot attend the conference. Will you offer live-streaming of the event?

A: We are planning to live-stream the plenary addresses on and post those sessions on our site shortly after the event.

Q: Can my church simulcast the event?

A: A simulcast of the National Conference will be available for free. A simulcast is a live internet broadcast of an event from a single venue into multiple venues – such as your own environment. Thus a simultaneous event occurs in both the origin venue and in many satellite locations — your church, home or laptop. Learn more about the simulcast here.