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Family Life can be difficult with broken people in a broken culture. So how can followers of Jesus find strength to parent well, and how can families find hope when cultural forces, temptations, and difficulties often bring pressure and chaos?

The Bible gives us wisdom for raising families and a gospel that redeems us from generational patterns, sins, and our own frailties. Join us in Texas on October 11-13 as we bring pastors and experts together to help us work through what it means to be a Christian family and how we can find our identity, ultimately, in the family of God.

This is a conference for parents and pastors, for lay leaders and youth workers, for young and old to come and learn what the Bible has to say about families that live on mission for God in the 21st century.

Speakers

Schedule

Check-in will occur Thursday, October 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

Thursday, October 11th

9:00 am - 1:00 pm Registration/Exhibit Hall Open

1:00 - 4:30 pm Afternoon Sessions

Keynote: The Storm-Tossed Family with Russell Moore

Brief Talk: Building a Peaceful Home with Randy Stinson

Brief Talk: Christ-Centered Parenting: How to Have Gospel Conversations with Your Kids on Complex Cultural Issues with Phillip Bethancourt

Panel: Educating Children for a Complex Word with Andrew Walker (M), Dean Inserra, Dan Peterson, Timothy Paul Jones, and Jani Ortlund 

Keynote: Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel with Ray Ortlund 

6:30 - 9:00 pm Evening Sessions

Panel: Strengthening Your Marriage in Ministry: Overcoming Jealousy, Resentment, Discouragement, and Loneliness with Phillip Bethancourt (M), Nicole Lino, Kevin Ueckert, Chris Osborne, and Christine Hoover

Brief Talk: Marriage, Parenting, and Discipleship with Todd Wagner

Brief Talk: Single, Dating, Engaged, Married: Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age with Ben Stuart

Keynote: The Mingling of Souls with Matt Chandler

Friday, October 12th

9:00 - 11:30 am Morning Sessions

Brief Talk: Vulnerable Children and the Gospel: From Victims to Victors with Herbie Newell

Interview with Russell Moore and Beth Moore

Keynote: God on Sex: The Creator’s Ideas about Love, Intimacy, and Marriage with Danny Akin

Panel: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault with Lindsay Nicolet (M), Trillia Newbell, Jen Wilkin, Gregory Love, and Kimberlee Norris

1:00 - 5:00 pm Breakout Sessions

First Breakout

Merge: Preparing the Next Generation for Marriage through Pre-Marital Counseling with John McGee and Scott Kedersha

Sexual Abuse Prevention and Ministry with Gregory Love and Kimberlee Norris

Time, Moments, and Milestones: A Practical Plan for Family Discipleship - sponsored by The Village Church Resources

Screen Time and Family Time: Pitfalls and Promises of Technology in the Home with Jason Thacker (M), Jamie Ivey, Tim Blackmon, Trillia Newbell, and Ben Stuart

Second Breakout

Gospel-Centered Student Ministry: Strategies for Parents, Youth and Children’s Leaders with Dan Darling (M), Chip Dean, Jana Magruder, Ben Stuart, and Chap Bettis

Re-Engage: Restoring Marriages by the Power of the Gospel with John McGee and Scott Kedersha

Loving Wife, Fulfilled Mother: Embracing God’s Design for Womanhood in Marriage with Trillia Newbell (M), Nicole Lino, Cami Bethacourt, and Jani Ortlund

Third Breakout

Finishing Well: Grandparents, Widows, and Caring for Family in their Final Days with Joseph Williams (M), Debbie Bethancourt, Susie Hawkins, and Benjamin Mast

Faithful Husband, Strong Father: Embracing God’s Design for Manhood in Marriage with Andrew Walker (M), Erick Erickson, Nathan Lino, John Powell, and Aaron Ivey 

Holy Longing: Infertility with Elizabeth Graham (M), Matt Arbo, Lauren McAfee, and Nicole Lino

6:30 - 9:00 pm Evening Sessions

Panel: The Sin-Shattered Family: Gospel Hope for Broken Families and Broken Homes with Dan Darling (M), Eric Mason, Sam Allberry, Jamie Ivey, and Ann Voskamp

Keynote: Building Community in the Home with Jen Wilkin

Brief Talk: The Dangers of a Kid-Centered Family with Jamie Ivey

Keynote: Divine Presence: How the Fatherhood of God Shapes Leadership in the Home with Eric Mason

Saturday, October 13th

9:30 am - 12:00 pm Morning Sessions

Brief Talk: Build a Better Us: Equipping Churches to Strengthen Marriages with B. J. Thompson 

Keynote: The Suffering Family and the Goodness of God with Erick Erickson

Panel: Adoption and Foster Care, Special Needs, and Mental Health with Kelly Rosati, Lynnette Ezell, Herbie Newbell, and Palmer Williams

Keynote: The Church as the Family of God: Singleness, Same-Sex Attraction, and the Hope of Hospitality with Sam Allberry

Location

Hotel Information

The event will take place at the iconic Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX. Single/double occupancy rooms are $199/night plus a $20 resort fee.

Rooms can be booked online on the conference page or by calling 877-491-5138 and mentioning you are attending the ERLC National Conference.

Check in is 3:00 p.m. CT with check out at 11:00 a.m. CT.

 

FAQs

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

A: If you need to cancel before September 11th, 2018, please visit the registration page or contact us at events@erlc.com and you will receive a full refund. If you are cancelling on or after September 11th, 2018, 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.

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Register

Standard $129 through June 20th
Final $159 through October 11th

*Discounted rates are available for students, church planters, and groups.