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:
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.
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 [email protected] 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 erlc.com 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.
To view the simulcast for free, visit live.erlc.com.
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.
1:00-5:00 PM – Afternoon Session
5:00-7:00 PM – Dinner Break
7:00-9:30 PM – Evening Session
8:30-9:15 AM – Breakout Session
9:15 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
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
Hindsight 20/20: Gospel Lessons I Learned Raising Children – Dennis Rainey
Ready to Launch: How Mission Shapes Children – J.D. Greear
Captivating Children with the Beauty of the Gospel – Andrew Peterson
Parenting through the Hard Seasons – Nancy Guthrie
Beyond Veggie Tales: Forming the Moral Imagination of Your Kids – 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
Slugs and Bugs: Saturating Children with Scripture – Randall Goodgame
A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World – John Stonestreet
The Birds and the Bees – Andrew Walker (moderator), Jimmy Scroggins, Dennis Rainey, Barbara Rainey, & J.D. Greear
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, Lauren Chandler, & Halim Suh
Talking to Your Kids about Difficult Issues – Dan Darling (moderator), Dr. Naomi Cramer Overton, David Prince, Chip Dean, & Randy Stinson
Songwriters and Storytellers – Russell Moore (moderator), Sally Lloyd-Jones, Andrew Peterson, & Phil Vischer
Breakout Session: Father Factor: How the Gospel Shapes Faithful Dads (Men Only) – Travis Wussow (moderator), James Merritt, Kevin Smith, Danny Akin, & Nathan Lino
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
Breakout Session: Gospel Light in Dark Places: Depression, Suicide, Body Image and Eating Disorders – Elizabeth Graham (moderator), Jen Wilkin, Courtney Reissig, Danny Huerta, & Kelly Rosati
Breakout Session: Missional Moms: Embracing the Everyday Ministry of Raising Kids (Women Only) – Elizabeth Graham (moderator), Nicole Lino, Peggy Osborne, & Lauren Chandler
Breakout Session: All God’s Children: Growing Kids who Embrace a Biblical View of Racial Harmony – Steven Harris (moderator), Jason Paredes, Afshin Ziafat, Trillia Newbell, Byron Day, & Rachel Metzger
Breakout Session: The Final Frontier: Guiding Kids through the World of Technology – Jason Thacker (moderator), Tony Reinke, Trevor Atwood, & Jeff Dodge
Breakout Session: Fractured Families: Gospel Wisdom for Messy Situations – Lindsay Swartz (moderator), Jana Magruder, Jonathan Edwards, Kelly Rosati, & Micah Fries
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, Randy Stinson, Briana Stensrud, Dan Dumas, & Rachel Metzger
Breakout Session: Equipping Kids to Understand Same-Sex Attraction & Gender Identity Issues – Andrew Walker (moderator) John Stonestreet, Sam Allberry, Palmer Williams, & Dean Inserra
Standard $119 through July 7
Final $149 through August 24
*Discounted rates are available for students, church planters, and groups.
We affirm that AI will continue to be developed in ways that we cannot currently imagine or understand, including AI that will far surpass many human abilities. God alone has the power to create life, and no future advancements in AI will usurp Him as the Creator of life. The church has a unique role in proclaiming human dignity for all and calling for the humane use of AI in all aspects of society.
We deny that AI will make us more or less human, or that AI will ever obtain a coequal level of worth, dignity, or value to image-bearers. Future advancements in AI will not ultimately fulfill our longings for a perfect world. While we are not able to comprehend or know the future, we do not fear what is to come because we know that God is omniscient and that nothing we create will be able to thwart His redemptive plan for creation or to supplant humanity as His image-bearers.
Genesis 1; Isaiah 42:8; Romans 1:20-21; 5:2; Ephesians 1:4-6; 2 Timothy 1:7-9; Revelation 5:9-10
We affirm that the fundamental purposes of government are to protect human beings from harm, punish those who do evil, uphold civil liberties, and to commend those who do good. The public has a role in shaping and crafting policies concerning the use of AI in society, and these decisions should not be left to those who develop these technologies or to governments to set norms.
We deny that AI should be used by governments, corporations, or any entity to infringe upon God-given human rights. AI, even in a highly advanced state, should never be delegated the governing authority that has been granted by an all-sovereign God to human beings alone.
Romans 13:1-7; Acts 10:35; 1 Peter 2:13-14
We affirm that the use of AI in warfare should be governed by love of neighbor and the principles of just war. The use of AI may mitigate the loss of human life, provide greater protection of non-combatants, and inform better policymaking. Any lethal action conducted or substantially enabled by AI must employ 5 human oversight or review. All defense-related AI applications, such as underlying data and decision-making processes, must be subject to continual review by legitimate authorities. When these systems are deployed, human agents bear full moral responsibility for any actions taken by the system.
We deny that human agency or moral culpability in war can be delegated to AI. No nation or group has the right to use AI to carry out genocide, terrorism, torture, or other war crimes.
Genesis 4:10; Isaiah 1:16-17; Psalm 37:28; Matthew 5:44; 22:37-39; Romans 13:4
We affirm that AI has legitimate applications in policing, intelligence, surveillance, investigation, and other uses supporting the government’s responsibility to respect human rights, to protect and preserve human life, and to pursue justice in a flourishing society.
We deny that AI should be employed for safety and security applications in ways that seek to dehumanize, depersonalize, or harm our fellow human beings. We condemn the use of AI to suppress free expression or other basic human rights granted by God to all human beings.
Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-14
We affirm that privacy and personal property are intertwined individual rights and choices that should not be violated by governments, corporations, nation-states, and other groups, even in the pursuit of the common good. While God knows all things, it is neither wise nor obligatory to have every detail of one’s life open to society.
We deny the manipulative and coercive uses of data and AI in ways that are inconsistent with the love of God and love of neighbor. Data collection practices should conform to ethical guidelines that uphold the dignity of all people. We further deny that consent, even informed consent, although requisite, is the only necessary ethical standard for the collection, manipulation, or exploitation of personal data—individually or in the aggregate. AI should not be employed in ways that distort truth through the use of generative applications. Data should not be mishandled, misused, or abused for sinful purposes to reinforce bias, strengthen the powerful, or demean the weak.
Exodus 20:15, Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 40:13-14; Matthew 10:16 Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 4:12-13; 1 John 1:7
We affirm that work is part of God’s plan for human beings participating in the cultivation and stewardship of creation. The divine pattern is one of labor and rest in healthy proportion to each other. Our view of work should not be confined to commercial activity; it must also include the many ways that human beings serve each other through their efforts. AI can be used in ways that aid our work or allow us to make fuller use of our gifts. The church has a Spirit-empowered responsibility to help care for those who lose jobs and to encourage individuals, communities, employers, and governments to find ways to invest in the development of human beings and continue making vocational contributions to our lives together.
We deny that human worth and dignity is reducible to an individual’s economic contributions to society alone. Humanity should not use AI and other technological innovations as a reason to move toward lives of pure leisure even if greater social wealth creates such possibilities.
Genesis 1:27; 2:5; 2:15; Isaiah 65:21-24; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:11-16
We affirm the goodness of God’s design for human sexuality which prescribes the sexual union to be an exclusive relationship between a man and a woman in the lifelong covenant of marriage.
We deny that the pursuit of sexual pleasure is a justification for the development or use of AI, and we condemn the objectification of humans that results from employing AI for sexual purposes. AI should not intrude upon or substitute for the biblical expression of sexuality between a husband and wife according to God’s design for human marriage.
Genesis 1:26-29; 2:18-25; Matthew 5:27-30; 1 Thess 4:3-4
We affirm that, as a tool created by humans, AI will be inherently subject to bias and that these biases must be accounted for, minimized, or removed through continual human oversight and discretion. AI should be designed and used in such ways that treat all human beings as having equal worth and dignity. AI should be utilized as a tool to identify and eliminate bias inherent in human decision-making.
We deny that AI should be designed or used in ways that violate the fundamental principle of human dignity for all people. Neither should AI be used in ways that reinforce or further any ideology or agenda, seeking to subjugate human autonomy under the power of the state.
Micah 6:8; John 13:34; Galatians 3:28-29; 5:13-14; Philippians 2:3-4; Romans 12:10
We affirm that AI-related advances in medical technologies are expressions of God’s common grace through and for people created in His image and that these advances will increase our capacity to provide enhanced medical diagnostics and therapeutic interventions as we seek to care for all people. These advances should be guided by basic principles of medical ethics, including beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, and justice, which are all consistent with the biblical principle of loving our neighbor.
We deny that death and disease—effects of the Fall—can ultimately be eradicated apart from Jesus Christ. Utilitarian applications regarding healthcare distribution should not override the dignity of human life. Fur- 3 thermore, we reject the materialist and consequentialist worldview that understands medical applications of AI as a means of improving, changing, or completing human beings.
Matthew 5:45; John 11:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57; Galatians 6:2; Philippians 2:4
We affirm the use of AI to inform and aid human reasoning and moral decision-making because it is a tool that excels at processing data and making determinations, which often mimics or exceeds human ability. While AI excels in data-based computation, technology is incapable of possessing the capacity for moral agency or responsibility.
We deny that humans can or should cede our moral accountability or responsibilities to any form of AI that will ever be created. Only humanity will be judged by God on the basis of our actions and that of the tools we create. While technology can be created with a moral use in view, it is not a moral agent. Humans alone bear the responsibility for moral decision making.
Romans 2:6-8; Galatians 5:19-21; 2 Peter 1:5-8; 1 John 2:1
We affirm that the development of AI is a demonstration of the unique creative abilities of human beings. When AI is employed in accordance with God’s moral will, it is an example of man’s obedience to the divine command to steward creation and to honor Him. We believe in innovation for the glory of God, the sake of human flourishing, and the love of neighbor. While we acknowledge the reality of the Fall and its consequences on human nature and human innovation, technology can be used in society to uphold human dignity. As a part of our God-given creative nature, human beings should develop and harness technology in ways that lead to greater flourishing and the alleviation of human suffering.
We deny that the use of AI is morally neutral. It is not worthy of man’s hope, worship, or love. Since the Lord Jesus alone can atone for sin and reconcile humanity to its Creator, technology such as AI cannot fulfill humanity’s ultimate needs. We further deny the goodness and benefit of any application of AI that devalues or degrades the dignity and worth of another human being.
Genesis 2:25; Exodus 20:3; 31:1-11; Proverbs 16:4; Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 3:23
We affirm that God created each human being in His image with intrinsic and equal worth, dignity, and moral agency, distinct from all creation, and that humanity’s creativity is intended to reflect God’s creative pattern.
We deny that any part of creation, including any form of technology, should ever be used to usurp or subvert the dominion and stewardship which has been entrusted solely to humanity by God; nor should technology be assigned a level of human identity, worth, dignity, or moral agency.
Genesis 1:26-28; 5:1-2; Isaiah 43:6-7; Jeremiah 1:5; John 13:34; Colossians 1:16; 3:10; Ephesians 4:24