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Coming early this fall to the Greater Nashville Area is the 3rd annual Child Discipleship Forum™ (CDF), an Awana-sponsored event that equips adults to help shape kids that look more like Jesus amid a culture that looks less and less like Him each day.

On the heels of a packed 2022 event at The Factory in Franklin, the 2023 Child Discipleship Forum takes place at Thompson Station Church on September 21 and 22. For two full days, attendees will gather, talk together and learn from influential speakers all passionate about forming a different spirit in kids, a spirit built firmly on biblical Truth and the steadfast love of Jesus. Because that’s the type of spirit that will foster peace and assurance in a world that constantly changes its expectations of our children.

Among this year’s panel of experts are:

  • Pastors Jon Tyson, Robbie Gallaty, and Santosh Swamidass, who help us envision kids not just as kids, but as young believers who stand for Jesus and live for Him no matter the cultural pressures or context.
  • Alisa Childers, Dr. Ed Stetzer, and Rebekah Lyons, who address trends from deconstruction to transhumanism, that challenge Christian faith and biblical Truth.
  • Pastor Darren Whitehead, Dr. Chinwé Williams and Pastor Rich Villados, who share insights on caring for and discipling kids who struggle with being seen and loved, who may carry the burden of childhood trauma.
  • Matt Markins, Dr. Elizabeth Smith, Jared Kennedy, Shai Linne, and Pastor Sam Luce, who challenge us to prioritize the Truth of the Gospel over fun and relevance in the ministry environment.

Guests can also look forward to inspiration and guidance from intentional parenting champions Phil and Diane Comer, along with a very special musical performance from Ellie Holcomb.

Register for CDF 2023 by March 31 you can reserve your seat at the table for early bird pricing that will save you $150! Learn more at

Awana is a global non-profit organization with a mission of equipping leaders to reach kids with the Gospel and engage them in lifelong discipleship. Our vision is that every child would come to know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

Awana provides biblically sound gospel-centered child discipleship resources. We recommend exploring Brite for weekends, Awana Clubs for midweek and Talk About for at-home discipleship. Additionally, Awana recently partnered with Barna Group to complete the largest children’s ministry research project in over two decades to understand the effectiveness and key factors of children’s discipleship in local churches.

Kristen Cherry, Marketing Copywriter, Awana

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