As part of the Children’s and Family Ministry Network, you will have an opportunity to connect with ministry leaders in your area. We’ll worship together, experience an encouraging message, and—perhaps most importantly—build relationships with one another. Get ready to become part of this supportive community of ministry leaders.

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Come hear fellow ministry leaders as they use story to speak about recently discovered ideas, patterns, practices, and philosophies in this area. Make room to dream as you continue to build a healthy and biblical family ministry.

As veterans who continue to explore and discover new ideas, these leaders are disciplined readers, observers of culture, gifted writers, and excellent communicators. There will be time and space for you to share your story as we gather in community to learn and share together.


Dawn Heckert     
Locations: Charlotte, Chicago, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Orlando, Houston
Dawn is an innovative thinker and incredible family ministry influencer! She has fully embraced the extraordinary beauty of crafting a family ministry. Dawn dreams, creates, and passionately leads at Christ Community Church in Leawood, Kansas as the Pastor to Children and Families. Dawn likes Elvis, cats, BBQ, and a good walk on the family farm.

Jill Lewolt   
Location: Orange County, Dallas/Ft Worth
Jill is a determined and passionate leader.  Her focus is intentionally set on the families of her ministry. It starts with her team living out the philosophy to influence her volunteers and families. Jill leads at Journey of Faith Church in Manhattan Beach, California as the Executive of Family Ministry. Jill has a cool husband and two sweet girls. She’s from Oklahoma but hardly sounds like it!

Sam Luce   
Locations: Washington DC, Nashville, Atlanta
Sam is one of the most theologically grounded children’s and family ministry pastors—with innovative ideas and creative practices that all fall in line with Scripture. He is a Leader among leaders, a beautiful writer, and a passionate speaker. Sam serves as the Global Family Pastor at Redeemer Church in Utica, New York. He has a couple of kids who are growing up, a sweet wife (who is a fabulous baker), and a big love for baseball.

Dr. Michelle Anthony     
Locations: Denver, Twin Cities
Michelle’s life and ministry has been shaped by The Big God Story and the incredible impact the Holy Spirit can have on children, families, and volunteers. She is a compelling visionary, a theologically-solid communicator, a beautiful writer, and a leader worth following. Michelle is the Executive of Family Ministry at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She’s married to a great guy and has two grown children that bless her dearly. Michelle loves a good cup of coffee, roots for the Dodgers, and loves to play games at dinner.

Courtney Wilson
Locations: Portland, Seattle
As a leader whose ministry starts in her home, Courtney has been transformed in her pursuit of family ministry. She is always ready to learn more by asking why and how when it comes to evaluating ministry. Courtney serves at Christ Community Church in St. Charles, Illinois as the Elementary Pastor. She and her husband are raising their children to love Jesus with everything they have. Courtney likes a fancy cup of Starbucks while she watches her kids run cross country!


10:00a – 10:15a Connect
10:15a – 10:40a Be Still and Worship
10:40a – 11:10a Talk – Speaker
11:10a – 11:45a Discussion Groups/Networking
11:45a – 12:00p Wrap and Blessing


$10 per person

This cost includes a light breakfast, time to hang out with your cool colleagues, a place for networking, and a FREE copy of Spiritual Parenting by Dr. Michelle Anthony. After registering, you will receive an email with a payment link to finalize payment using your church or personal credit card.

Join us in one of these 15 cities!

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Chicago, IL

Tuesday Sept 25, 2018
10am to 12noon
Harvest Bible Chapel
800 S Rohlwing Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Kansas City, KS

Thursday Sept 27, 2018
10am to 12noon
Crossroads Christian Church
5855 Renner Road
Shawnee Mission, KS 66217

Portland, OR

Wednesday Oct 10, 2018
10am to 12noon
Greater Portland Bible Church
2374 SW Vermont Street
Portland, OR 97219

Orange County, CA

Thursday Oct 11, 2018
10am to 12noon
BeachPoint Community Church
17415 Magnolia Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Cincinnati, OH

Tuesday Oct 16, 2018
10am to 12noon
Hope Church
4934 Western Row Road
Mason, OH 45040

Washington, DC - NEW

Thursday Oct 18, 2018
10am to 12noon
McLean Bible Church
12440 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852

Denver, CO - NEW

Tuesday Oct 23, 2018
10am to 12noon
New Denver Church
700 Bonnie Brae
Denver, CO 80209

Nashville, TN

Thursday Oct 25, 2018
10am to 12noon
Clearview Baptist Church
537 Franklin Road
Franklin, TN 37069

Twin Cities, MN

Thursday Nov 1, 2018
10am to 12noon
Wooddale Church
6630 Shady Oak Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Orlando, FL - NEW

Tuesday Nov 6, 2018
10am to 12noon
Northland Church
530 Dog Track Road
Longwood, FL 32750

Dallas TX

Thursday Nov 8, 2018
10am to 12noon
Fielder Church
2011 S. Fielder Road
Arlington, TX 76013

Atlanta, GA - NEW

Tuesday Nov 13, 2018
10am to 12noon
Restoration Church
410 Rucker Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Houston, TX - NEW

Thursday Nov 15, 2018
10am to 12noon
First Colony Church of Christ
2140 First Colony Blvd
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Seattle, WA

Tuesday Oct 11, 2018
10am to 12noon
Eastside Foursquare
14520 100th Ave NE
Bothell, WA 98011

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Charlotte, NC

Tuesday Nov 27, 2018
10am to 12noon
2307 Wilkinson Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28208

Bring your entire staff! They will dig it.

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