Make Resilient Disciples Online Experience

Video by Kevin Orris May 12, 2020

We’re thrilled to have you join us for the Make Resilient Disciples Online Experience! God is at work in our midst, isn’t He?  Honestly, we believe God is up to something and the Church is going to have opportunities like never before to make the greatest generation of disciples. 

Click here to download the Experience Guide to help you process our conversation.

Click here to access the slides from Valerie Bell, Mark Matlock, and and Matt Markins and follow along during the conversation.

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Featured Speakers

   Mark Matlock has been working with the next parents, ministers and non profits for nearly three decades and he’s spoken live to more than 1 million teenagers. He is the principal at WisdomWorks, a consulting firm that helps Christian leaders leverage the transforming power of wisdom to accomplish their mission. Mark is the former executive director of Youth Specialties and the creator of PlanetWisdom Student Conferences. In all his free time, he has written more than twenty books for teens and their parents.


Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College, serves as Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership at Wheaton College, and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is Regional Director for Lausanne North America and publishes research through Mission Group. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited in, interviewed by, and writes for news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Founding Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than 1.7 million individuals each week for bible study.

Dr. Denise Muir Kjesbo serves as Professor and Program Director at Bethel Seminary in the Master of Arts in Children’s and Family Ministry. Denise is passionate about equipping leaders for their vital calling to serve children and families in church and community. Denise has always been committed to serving in her local church while teaching in the seminary context. She has served as the Discipleship Pastor in the church she and her husband planted 13 years ago. Family is her great joy and she delights in her children and grandchildren and partners with her husband in life and ministry.


Jim Wideman has the unique ability to help build the local church by strengthening the family, empowering leaders, and releasing today’s children to be the church. He is a pastor, speaker, author, and ministry coach with more than 40 years of experience serving in all areas of the local church, including 17 years leading one of the largest children’s ministries in the United States. Jim has trained thousands of children’s ministry leaders in the US and around the world. He has worked with six different thriving churches in the span of four and a half decades and published over 15 books.


Valerie Bell is the CEO and 2050 vision caster for Awana, a global leader in child discipleship. She has authored eight books including: Nobody’s Children, Getting Out of Your Kids’ Faces and into Their Hearts and Faith-Shaped Kids. She and her husband, Steve, have two grown, resilient sons and six amazing grandchildren.



Matt Markins is President and Chief Strategy Officer at Awana. He speaks publicly on organizational leadership and child discipleship. He is the coauthor of two other books, Leading Kidmin: How to Drive Real Change in Children’s Ministry and The Gospel Truth about Children’s Ministry. He and his wife, Katie are lifelong children’s ministry advocates, pull for the Tennessee Titans, and have two teenage sons.