23 Child Discipleship Forum

September 21 & 22. 2023.

Nashville, TN or Online.

2023 Child Discipleship Forum Speakers

Jon Tyson

Church of the City NYC
Lead Pastor

Alisa Childers

Biblical Apologetics
Speaker & Author

Rich Villodas

New Life Fellowship
Lead Pastor

Ed Stetzer

Wheaton College
Researcher & Pastor

Robby Gallaty

Long Hollow Church
Lead Pastor

Chinwé Williams

Child & Youth Trauma Therapist

Darren Whitehead

Church of the City Franklin
Lead Pastor

Rebekah Lyons

Q Ideas
Speaker & Author

Santosh Swamidass

Saddleback Church Brea
Pastor & Family Ministry LEader

Elizabeth Smith

Moody Bible Institute
Children & Family Ministry

Phil & Diane Comer

Intentional Parents International

Shai Linne

Author & Recording Artist

Jared Kennedy

The Gospel Coalition
Children's Ministry Editor & Author

Modern Day Cure


Sam Luce

Redeemer Church Utica
Children & Family Pastor

Ellie Holcomb


Melanie Hester


Matt Markins

Awana President & CEO
Author & Speaker

Forming Kids With a Different Spirit

Popular opinion informs what many believe, think, and feel. Trending topics and digital media direct our actions and affections, forming our kids in the spirit of this age.

Yet, throughout the Bible and Church history we see men and women who courageously follow God, who are committed to truth, even in midst of hostility and persecution. These dedicated disciples seem to have a different spirit.

Join us at CDF 23 as we hear from thought-leaders, pastors, and experts how to cultivate a different spirit in our kids, producing Christ-followers filled with conviction, courage, compassion and commitment.

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LIVE! In Nashville or Online

You and your team won’t want to miss the most intentional conversations about child discipleship you will have all year. You’ll be equipped with insights, resourced with research and encouraged by thought-provoking content. In addition, you’ll connect with others whose hearts beat for child discipleship as we learn, process, pray and worship together.

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  • Leading Voices On culture, children & local church ministry

  • Strategy & Resources Learn how to Biblically disciple kids in a changing culture

  • Community & Belonging Connect with like-minded leaders in this critical conversation

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.

Matthew 19:14

Event Details

Nashville, TN

September 21 & 22, 2023

Thompson Station Church

2604 Thompson’s Station Rd E,
Thompson’s Station, TN 37179

About Awana

The Child Discipleship Forum has been organized by Awana. To many in North America, Awana is known as a “mid-week ministry” to children and youth. The reality is that Awana is a leader in global child and youth discipleship in 134 countries in a variety of curricula and leader equipping networks. 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.