Child Discipleship Forum 2024

Thought Leadership for Children's Ministry Leaders

Nashville or Online - Sept. 19 & 20, 2024

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Why should you come to the 2024 Child Discipleship Forum?

There is no better place to engage in the timely topics relevant to the children in our churches and communities we serve. At CDF, you’ll learn how to develop a culture of child discipleship in your church. You don’t want to miss hearing from our 16 biblically sound leaders who work, lead and think deeply in the areas of theology, apologetics, gender/sexuality, ecclesiology, technology, anthropology, ministry and more. We curate these voices to help you lead and disciple the next generation to form lasting faith in Jesus, no matter the culture or context.

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Learn From Biblically Sound Leaders

Hear from experts on biblically discipling kids through the issues they’re facing in today’s culture, including: the effects of technology on childhood anxiety, gender confusion, fatherlessness, pornography, the loneliness epidemic and more.

Gain Practical Takeaways

You'll leave CDF with practical takeaways to grow child discipleship in your church including: biblically faithful answers and practical wisdom to disciple today’s kids in the current culture, and a workbook that will serve as a toolbox, guide and journal with extras to help bring back resources to your ministry.

A Unique Experience

CDF isn’t a conference; it’s a forum built around topics and conversations. The CDF places an emphasis on hearing from and reacting to leading voices as we gather at round tables. That’s why there are no breakout sessions, because we want participants to converse together to process, challenge and encourage one another. CDF is unique, because it’s focused on formation and participation. Those who get the most of CDF are those who want to explore and understand how to walk with children and youth to form lasting faith in Jesus in every cultural context.

NEW! CDF Welcome Party

Join us at the Factory in Franklin on Wednesday, September 18 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM for games, snacks, giveaways and more! It will be a great time to form connections with fellow children’s ministry leaders and discover new resources and solutions to help bring lasting faith to the children in your ministry.

CDF Music Experience

We're thrilled to announce we’ll be joined by prolific singer-songwriter and modern-day hymn writer Sandra McCracken for a Story & Song segment. Additionally, we will be lead in worship by award-winning Travis Cottrell and his worship team.

Hear from experts on biblically discipling kids through the issues they’re facing in today’s culture.

•Bringing a Biblical understanding of gender and sexuality to children living in an “anything goes” world

•Navigating the epidemic of loneliness that is isolating children and families in our churches

•The porn pandemic and how it forms the identities and expectations of girls

•Cultural apologetics and making room for tough questions even among the youngest of us

•Gaining perspective as to how technology is malforming the youngest of hearts and minds

•Reawakening a love for Biblical orthodoxy in a culture of compromise

•And more!

Learn How to Successfully Shepherd Your Kids in Living Out Biblical Truth.

Child discipleship provides the power to CHANGE lives and TRANSFORM the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to grow child discipleship in your church. Register today for the Child Discipleship Forum. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

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Alex - St. Louis

“CDF made it even more clear how much our children’s ministry has got to step it up right now. Time is of the essence to reach these students and families.”

Mark - Nashville

“It’s really an eye-opener. It allows us to grasp the urgency of child discipleship and leads us to the next steps of “What are we doing with discipleship?” Because if we’re not, something else will.”

Richard - San Diego

"Absolutely life-changing. I’ve gone from feeling hopeless in the light of our current culture to feeling encouraged and empowered. I’ve already made it a priority to spend time with our children’s ministry team to explore how we can be doing better at discipling whole families.”

Kellie - Dallas

“This conference was thought-provoking. The depth of the content helps lay a foundation for why we minister to children and families, how to truly disciple people and form a solid strategy for the church to reach the next generation.”

What to Expect

  • Learn from expert panels and 16 keynote speakers in just 2 days
  • Participate in roundtable discussions with like-minded ministry leaders
  • Enjoy free lunch, coffee and snacks with your team each day
  • Form new connections with kidmin leaders and teams from around the world
  • Reflect, plan and respond to a host of new information and research
  • Return home with a renewed passion for biblical child discipleship
Save Your Seat

2024 Speakers: Orthodox Biblical Views for Living in an Unorthodox World.

Mark Sayers

Pastor & Author

Dr. Rebecca McLaughlin

Author & Speaker

Sean McDowell

Apologist & Professor

Blair Linne

Author & Speaker

Trevin Wax

VP of Research and Resource Development at NAMB

Sandra McCracken

Prolific Songwriter
Modern-day Hymn Writer
and Record Producer

George Barna

Researcher & Professor

Glenn Packiam

Pastor & Author

Stephen Maphosah

Awana Global VP

Justin Whitmel Earley

Author & Speaker

Diane Comer

Intentional Parents International

Jay Kim

Pastor & Author

Elizabeth Mitchell

Ministry Leader

Sean Sweet

Community Director at FourFiveSix

Rachelle Starr

Scarlet Hope Founder & President

Matt Markins

Awana President & CEO

Event Details

  • September 19 & 20, 2024

  • Rolling Hills Community Church

  • 1810 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064

You're Invited to the CDF Welcome Party!

Join us at the Factory for snacks, giveaways, activities, a photo station and more! It will be a great time to form connections with fellow children’s ministry leaders and discover new resources and solutions to help bring lasting faith to the children in your ministry.
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 18
Location: The Factory, 230 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37064

Explore the Factory


Wednesday, Sept. 18

5:30 – 8:30 p.m. — CDF welcome party! Snacks, giveaways, activities, photo station and more!


Thursday, Sept. 19

8:00 a.m. — Doors open & online preshow begins

8:30 a.m. — Session 1

10:40 a.m. — Session 2

12:20 p.m. — Lunch (lunch provided)

1:30 p.m. — Session 3

4:00 p.m. — Session 4

5:30 p.m. — End of CDF day 1


Friday, Sept. 20

8:00 a.m. — Doors open & online preshow begins

8:30 a.m. — Session 5

11:00 a.m. — Session 6

12:10 p.m. — Lunch (lunch provided)

1:30 p.m. — Session 7

3:15 p.m. — End of CDF day 2

Plan Your Trip

Nashville is widely known as Music City – and for good reason. Nashville, TN is the hometown of country music and the birthplace of bluegrass, with roots in R&B, and a thriving pop and rock scene. The city offers exciting experiences for all ages and interests. Visitors come from all over the world to listen to live music, see the famous recording studios on Music Row, try Nashville’s famous hot chicken or simply plan a fun vacation in the city.

Hotel Accommodations

The Child Discipleship Forum will be held at Rolling Hills Community Church in Franklin, TN. We have blocks of rooms available at the hotels below. Mention code “CDF” when booking.


About Awana

The Child Discipleship Forum has been organized by Awana. From its roots in mid-week children's ministry, Awana has become a leader in global child and youth discipleship, providing curriculum and leader equipping in 135 countries. Awana partners with ministries like Compassion International, World Vision, and numerous denominations in over 78,000 churches, engaging more than 6.4 million children and students weekly.