Every year, I look forward to attending and speaking at the premier family ministry conference in the United States, coming up September 21-23 this year in Louisville. The conference is known as D6—short for “Deuteronomy 6”—and I’ll be speaking twice at the D6 Conference this year. Here are the two topics that I’ll be addressing:
The History of Youth Ministry in Five Sketches: Understanding Why Your Church Does What It Does and How You Can Present a Vision for Change
Are you ready to make a move in the direction of family ministry without leaving student ministry behind? This breakout session is for you. Yes, this is history—but it’s far from dry or irrelevant! By looking at how and why churches started doing student ministry in the first place, you’ll see a clear pathway toward change that partners with families without destroying your church’s children’s and student ministries.
The Future of Family Ministry: Challenges that Have Passed, Possibilities that Are Yet to Come
The faith-at-home movement has grown in incredible ways over the past few years? But what’s next? What are the weaknesses and challenges that we are likely to face over the next few years? What are the dangers of this movement? Timothy Paul Jones unpacks how the faith-at-home movement began, where we’ve been, as well as the possibilities for where God might lead us next.
I hope to see you in one or both of these sessions! The history of youth ministry, I’ve done once before at D6; the seminar on the future of family ministry is brand new for this year.
Here’s one other opportunity that might interest you this year: every year at D6, I end up with dozens of requests to meet with me and to talk about family ministry, and I simply can’t do all of these. So here’s what I’m doing this year: I will take up to ten total people—that includes spouse, children, and any staff who come along—to lunch on Friday, September 23. At this point, that’s the only spot that is still open for me during the week of D6. You can reserve your spot by emailing my assistant Michael Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org and letting him know the exact number of people. The restaurant where I’ve reserved tables is within walking distance from the conference site, so you don’t need to worry about whether you have a vehicle.
Click here to register for the conference today!
If you’re planning to attend D6, what topics do you hope that we address at the conference? Even if you’re not able to attend D6 this year, what are the biggest struggles in your church’s family ministry? How might we equip church leaders to deal more effectively with these challenges?