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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

8:30-9:15 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

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

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

Short talks

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


Hotel Information

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.

To view the simulcast for free, visit


Standard $119 through July 7
Final $149 through August 24

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