Christ-Centered Parenting to Be Focus of SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s Annual National Conference

Christ-centered parenting will be the focus of a two-pronged effort in August by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

The ERLC’s 2017 national conference — “Parenting: Christ-centered Parenting in a Complex World” — will be held Aug. 24-26 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.

At the conference, the ERLC will unveil a new, small group study in collaboration with LifeWay Christian Resources — “Christ-centered Parenting: Gospel Conversations on Complex Cultural Issues.”

ERLC President Russell Moore expressed his excitement about both projects.

“Many Christian parents feel lost in a rapidly transforming culture,” Moore said in written comments for Baptist Press. “Our aim for this parenting focus is to encourage and empower parents to shepherd their children in the Gospel, within the context of the local church. It takes more than a village to raise children; it takes the church of Jesus Christ.

“My hope and prayer is that these new resources would point us toward becoming cross-shaped, kingdom-oriented families,” Moore said.

The commission’s fourth annual national conference will seek to help Christian parents apply the Gospel in rearing counter-cultural children by addressing such issues as sexuality, pornography, technology, media, sports, school, adoption and foster care.

In addition to Moore, the keynote speakers will be:

— Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible.

— Crawford Loritts, senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Ga., and author.

— Andrew Peterson, musician and author.

— Jen Wilkin, Bible teacher and author.

— J.D. Greear, senior pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and author.

— Dennis Rainey, president of FamilyLife and author.

The conference’s speakers will address topics in plenary addresses, short talks, panel discussions and breakout sessions.

Registration and further conference information is available at The conference’s plenary addresses will be live-streamed at

The first ERLC National Conference, which was held in 2014, focused on applying the Gospel to homosexuality and marriage. The 2015 conference was about the Gospel and politics, while last year’s event was on Gospel-centered cultural engagement.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Tom Strode