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What are the biblical foundations for children's ministry? What principles guide your programs? What is the whole counsel of God? Why is it critical to teach children and youth the whole counsel of God? What tools do you need to impart to the next generation to encourage a lifetime of faith.

Join David and Sally Michael as they launch our conference with a look at the Foundations for God- Centered Children's Ministry. During these three sessions, they will help you develop a biblical vision for worship, biblical literacy and encouraging faith in the next generation that will fuel your children's ministry. You will learn how to partner with your pastors, parents, children's ministry workers and the congregation as a whole in an earnest effort to proclaim the praiseworthy name and testimony of the Lord to children of all ages.

Our Plenary Sessions are a unique time for you to be encouraged with theological teaching that will nourish your soul. Our keynote speakers will inspire you with solid biblical teaching centered on our conference theme, Persevering in the Whole Counsel of God: What's at Stake for the Next Generation.

Come soak in the Word and be personally refreshed. You will leave renewed in your desire to pass on these precious truths to the next generation.

David and Sally Michael are co-founders of Children Desiring God, where they share a passion for developing God-centered resources for the spiritual development of children in the home and church. David is the Pastor for Next Generations at College Park Church in Indianapolis. Sally is an author of curriculum, parenting resources and children's books published by Children Desiring God and P&R Publishing. David and Sally have two daughters, Amy and Kristi, and three grandchildren.

Mark Vroegop joined the leadership team at College Park Church in Indianapolis as Lead Pastor in 2008, after serving as a pastor for 13 years in Michigan. Mark was thrilled to join a clear and historic movement of God at College Park Church and be part of igniting a passion to follow Jesus, a love for the Word, and a desire to see lives changed. His articles have been published in Leadership and 9Marks journals, and he serves on the boards of Life Action Ministries and Cedarville University, his alma mater. Mark and his wife, Sarah, have four children, Hayden, Joseph, Jeremiah, and Savannah, and one daughter, Sylvia, who is in heaven after her unexpected still-birth in 2004.

Dr. Bruce A. Ware has taught theology for over 30 years in several leading evangelical colleges and seminaries. Since 1998, Bruce has served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, where he is the T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology and chairman of the Department of Christian Theology. Bruce has written numerous books, including his theology book for children, Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God , and most recently The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ . He has served as the president of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, as well as the Evangelical Theological Society. Bruce and his wife, Jodi, have two daughters, Bethany and Rachel, and three grandchildren.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. serves as the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, one of the largest seminaries in the world. On his website, , Al writes commentaries on moral, cultural, and theological issues. He also hosts two programs: "The Briefing," a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview; and "Thinking in Public," a series of conversations with the day's leading thinkers. Viewed as a leader among American evangelicals, Al is widely sought as a columnist and commentator by the nation's leading newspapers and news programs and has authored several books, including Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth . Al and his wife Mary have two children, Katie and Christopher and one grandson.

Dr. John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminar. For over 30 years, John served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He's the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available for free at John and his wife, Noël, have five children, Barnabas, Karsten, Benjamin, Abraham and Talitha, and twelve grandchildren.

David Michael and his wife Sally founded Children Desiring God in 1996, with the commitment to equip and partner with parents to support the spiritual development of their children. David spent nearly three decades in pastoral ministry alongside John Piper at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, where he developed the vision to extend the same God-glorifying, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated teaching that was strengthening the faith of adults, to children. Children Desiring God has grown to expand this vision, and develop resources and Sunday school curriculum to equip churches around the world. David currently serves as the Next Generation Pastor at College Park Church in Indianapolis. David and Sally have two daughters, Amy and Kristi, and three grandchildren.