Conversations at the intersection of church, children and culture

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Event Details

  • September 19 & 20, 2024

  • Thompson Station Church

  • Thompson's Station, Tennessee

Forming Children in the Gospel

As a community of children’s ministry and next-gen ministry leaders, it is vitally important to cultivate both sound doctrine and practices within our ministries. This foundational approach is essential for molding young believers into devoted followers of Jesus, capable of living out the Gospel with a blend of grace and truth, particularly in a world marked by hostility and compromise.

The 2024 Child Discipleship Forum will help you nurture children’s faith with a focus on Biblical conviction and Christ-like compassion through discussions on the Gospel, community, apologetics, culture, discipleship practices, and interviews with experts.

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2024 Child Discipleship Forum Faculty

Mark Sayers

Pastor & Author

Dr. Rebecca McLaughlin

Author & Speaker

Sean McDowell

Apologist & Professor

Stephen Maphosah

Awana Global VP

Elizabeth Mitchell

Ministry Leader

George Barna

Researcher & Professor

Jay Kim

Pastor & Author

Justin Whitmel Earley

Author & Speaker

Trevin Wax

VP of Research and Resource Development at NAMB

Matt Markins

Awana President & CEO

How Will YOU Join CDF?

Online Individual: Keynote speakers and worship in real time, live CDF chat, access to rewatch for 30 days = $149


Online Team of 2+: Same access as individual, but save $$ and enrich your learning with group discussions and brainstorming = $249*


In-Person: Think community — faith-focused leaders with a heart for kids, leaning in together. Guests have come from across the country and outside the U.S. BONUS: lunch, snacks and drinks both days, and … it’s Nashville! 🎸 = $199


*Cost to host a watch party = Online Team of 2+, plus the cost of any additional amenities you choose to provide guests (snacks, drinks, etc.)


We’ve learned over the last three years of CDF that the best way to experience the event is with a group so you can compare notes, share your reactions and laugh at the lighter moments together. Please complete the form below if you or your church would be interested in either hosting a CDF watch party or attending a local watch party.


Hotel Accommodations

We have blocks of rooms available at the hotels below. Mention code "CDF" when booking.

Thompson’s Station, located approximately 25 miles south of Nashville, is nestled among the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee, where the landscape shifts in mere seconds from bustling shopping and dining areas to sprawling horse farms. While you’re in the area, visit historic Civil War sites, take in a live music performance nearby in Franklin or Leiper’s Fork or breathe in the great outdoors at one of the beautiful local and state parks.

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 134 countries. Awana partners with ministries like Compassion International, World Vision, and numerous denominations in over 68,000 churches, engaging more than 5.1 million children and students weekly.