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Children & Family Ministry Conference

Celebrating God’s gift of children and families, the purpose of the conference is to equip and connect leaders to intentionally impact and transform their ministry communities for Christ.

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Rally Together

“Do not be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes… In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there.  Our God will fight for us.” Nehemiah 4:14b & 20



Keynote Speaker

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David Kinnaman

David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Good Faith, You Lost Me and unChristian. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He and his wife live in California with their three children.

Musical Guest

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Jennie Williamson

An exciting music ministry impacting the hearts and lives of youth and families around the world!  Jennie Williamson brings an energy and excitement for Jesus that is contagious!  The music and live events are filled with incredible messages of love and hope that reaches the hearts of every audience.  Jennie actively tours across the country performing and speaking at Christian schools, Churches, VBS programs and Educators’ Conferences, Pastor’s Conferences, Women’s Ministry Events and Christmas Concerts.

Rally Speaker

Sarah Salzberg lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband (Josh), son (Hosea) and daughter (Simone), traveling from one coffee shop to another trying as many cappuccinos and croissants as she can. When not hopped up on espresso, Sarah teaches Old Testament at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange County, CA. As mundane as it sounds, she's living the dream!


Breakout Speakers

Confirmed Breakout Speakers

  • Ben Freudenburg (CUAA)

  • Buddy Mendez (CUI)

  • Jake Hollatz (St. John's, Orange)

  • Scott Coleman (Safe Kids Inc.)

  • Robin Gomes (St. Paul's, Orange)

  • Rebecca Duport (CUI)

  • Dave Rueter (CUI)

  • Pete Jurchen (CPH)

  • Sanghoon Yoo (The Faithful City)

  • Scott Keith (1517)

  • Chris Ownby (First Things First)

  • Travis Ferguson (Christ, La Mesa)

Breakout Topics Include: 

  • Mental health

  • Family Life Ministry Basics

  • Fatherhood

  • Understanding Curriculum

  • Cradle Roll

  • Faith & Our Digital World

  • Parenting

  • Strong Families-Strong Churches

  • Safety

  • Music Ministry for Children

  • Building a Strong Team

  • Teaching the Faith at Home

  • Growing Young



Early Registration: $110 - Deadline: March 2, 2020

Early Group Rate (4+): $90 - April 1, 2020

Late Registration: $140 - Deadline: May 22, 2020

*Please note that all registrations will include a $3 non-refundable administrative fee.

On-campus housing at Concordia can be included and paid for when you register for the conference. Please make sure to add that payment to your cart prior to check out. 

Hotel reservations are not handled through conference registration. 

For details on both see the housing section below. 



Tuesday, June 16, 2020

1:00-3:00 pm Registration & Ministry Marketplace Open 

3:00-4:30 pm Opening Rally Session #1
4:30-6:30 pm Ministry Marketplace Open 

4:30-5:30 pm HappyHour/Open House @ District Office

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner (Provided) 

6:30-8:00 pm Rally Session #2 

8:00-10:00 pm Ministry Fellowship Options 


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

7:30-8:00 am Continental Breakfast (Provided)   

8:00-8:30 am Bible Study--Pastor Bob Sundquist

8:30-9:30 am Rally Session #3 - David Kinnaman

9:30-10:00 am Coffee Break and Networking & Ministry Marketplace Open

10:00-10:50 am Breakout Sessions #1

11:00-11:50 am Breakouts Sessions #2

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch/Community Meal (Provided) - Ministry Marketplace Open

Freetime - Campus Tours available

2:00-3:30 pm Rally Session #4 - David Kinnaman

3:30-5:30 pm Idea Exchange (Ed Camp) 

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner (Provided) 

6:30-7:30 pm Rally Session #5 - David Kinnaman

7:30-8:00 pm              Closing Devotion 

8:00-10:00 pm Games/Fellowship 


Thursday, June 18, 2020

7:30-8:30  am Networking Breakfast (Provided) 

8:30-9:15 Bible Study--Pastor Bob Sundquist

9:30-10:20 am Breakout Sessions #3

10:30-11:30 am Closing Rally- Sarah Salzburg / President Gibson

11:30 am Depart In Peace- President Gibson

Downloadable Schedule



Concordia University Irvine

1530 Concordia West

Irvine CA, 92612


The closest airport (John Wayne - SNA)

is minutes from campus. 










For hotel accommodations, we have a room block at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, John Wayne Airport. 

King (1-2 per room) - $119/night

Double (2-4 per room) - $129/night

Cut off date to make your reservation is June 2, 2020. 

To book your room at the Country Inn & Suites please call 714-957-9200 and tell them you are with the Pacific Southwest District LCMS event June 16-18 (be that specific).  They will then be able to take your booking information, credit card information, and give you a confirmation number.  One night room and tax will only be charged in advance if the hotel is sold out.

For those of you wanting to stretch your ministry budget further, we are pleased to be able to offer on-campus dorm housing as well. 

Double Occupancy - $45 for 2 nights

Single Occupancy - $65 for 2 nights


Please note that there is no A/C in the dorms. 

Add on-campus housing when you register for the conference. 


Exhibitors & Sponsors

During our conference, the exhibit area will be open for our attendees to interact with you all day on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

As a sponsor, other opportunities are available for you to share your name and company with our attendees throughout the conference. There are a number of options and tiers for both exhibitors and sponsors. Those opportunities are outlined in a downloadable guide for you in more detail.


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publicity kit

In order to help your ministry promote the Children & Family Ministry Conference, here are a few tools that you can use on a Sunday morning, in your church or district newsletter, and on social media. More tools are in development. If you don't see what would help you let us know.

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