23 Child Discipleship Summit

February 22 & 23. 2023

St. Petersburg, FL

Carl Trueman

Author & Professor
Grove City College

Mark Yarhouse

Author & Professor
Wheaton College

Matt Markins

President & CEO

Teasa Northern

Children's Ministry Leader

Michael Handler

Awana CCO

Transgenderism: A Gospel Approach For Today’s Kids

If there’s one question we hear children’s ministry leaders and pastors asking at an increasing rate it’s this: “How do we remain biblically faithful, while pastoring and counseling parents through the transgender revolution?”

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  • Transgenderism & the Church

  • A Gospel Approach

  • Pastoring Parents & Kids in Biblical Truth & Compassion

Children’s Ministry in a Post-Christian Reality

Transgenderism has quickly become a pressing challenge for the future of children’s ministry and the church, yet it seems to be seldom discussed. Here’s the hope we have: The Gospel is robust enough for even the most complex challenges of our day. Please join us at the 2023 Child Discipleship Summit where biblical and counseling experts Dr. Carl Trueman and Dr. Mark Yarhouse will equip you with:

  • The history of how we arrived at this unique cultural moment
  • A Gospel approach to shaping human sexuality
  • A biblical framework for pastoring and counseling parents and kids
  • Practical processes to create biblical, wise and safe policies
  • Insight on how to equip parents who engage in discipling their kids at home
  • The opportunity to collaborate with other church leaders and leading NextGen organizations

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

2023 Child Discipleship Summit Event Details

February 22 & 23, 2023

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

St. Petersburg, Florida

Awana has secured a limited number of discounted rooms as part of a hotel block.

Book your room HERE by January 22, 2023 to ensure:

– A discounted room rate

– 20% off valet parking for overnight guests



Send an email to our team at summit@awana.org

What Does the Organization Believe About Human Sexuality & Gender Identity?

We believe that human life is uniquely created by God, in His image, and for His glory. Therefore, human life is sacred from conception to its natural end. We believe every human being has value and dignity. We believe that God created humans as male and female. God designed men and women to be biologically distinct, equal in worth, and made to complement each other. God establishes the immutable sex of each individual and calls everyone to righteously express their sexuality according to the guidelines in the Bible. God designed sexual intimacy as a gift to be enjoyed by one biological man and one biological woman within the covenant of marriage. God instituted monogamous marriage to be exclusively between one genetic male and one genetic female as the foundation of the family and basic structure of human society. God calls unmarried individuals to a life of celibacy and married individuals to a life of monogamy as they submit to Christ. (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:24, 5:1-2, 9:6; Job 33:4; Psalm 8:4-8, 100:3, 139:13; Isaiah 45:9-12, 64:8; Matthew 19:4, 22:37-39; Galatians 6:10, Ephesians 5:31; 1 Corinthians 7:2; Hebrews 13:4; James 1:27)

The Child Disciple-Makers Coalition

Hosting a gathering like this isn’t possible without generous, like-minded partners. To help reduce your expenses, the organizations below have each come together to make this conversation happen. We can’t wait for you to be a part of it. See you at the Summit!

About Awana

The Child Discipleship Summit 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 133 countries in a variety of curricula and leader equipping networks. Awana partners with ministries like Compassion International, World Vision, and numerous denominations in over 65,000 churches (11,400 of them in North America) engaging 4.9 million children and students weekly.