He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God…”

— Psalm 78:5-7

Children’s Ministry Leadership Training 2019
Ridge Haven Conference & Retreat Center
April 9-11, 2019

At this leadership training retreat, choose a track or make your own track by choosing the workshops that fit your needs:

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Equipping Parents
  • Special Needs
  • Nursery
  • Outreach

Who should attend CDM’s Children’s Ministry Conference?

  • Children’s Ministry Directors and Staff
  • Church Leadership and Key Volunteers
  • Nursery Coordinators

Special Training from:

  • David and Nancy Guthrie
  • CDM’s Children’s Ministry Team

Cost: Approximately $300/person (includes lodging and food)


Conference Details


Cost: Approximately $300/person (includes registration, lodging, and 6 meals).

Registration deadline is 3/18/19.

Things to know when registering:

  • You will need to choose your 3 workshops and 2 large group sessions when registering.
  • Priority rooming assignments (types of rooms) will be based on the order that you register. For example, those who register first, will get first priority on rooming choices. There are rooms with 2 double beds, and rooms with bunk beds. Register early!
  • If you have a roommate preference, please be sure to indicate that when registering.
  • If you would prefer a private room, there is an additional $100 cost.
  • You will receive an email 1 month prior to the conference to see if you would like to set up an appointment to meet with one of our speakers or team members.
  • You will have an opportunity to indicate if you have medically necessary dietary restrictions.

If you have registration questions, please contact Kathy at or 678-825-1132.

Scholarships are available. Please email Bethany Belue at for a Request for Scholarship form.


David and Nancy Guthrie –

David and Nancy have faced the deaths of two of their three children, a daughter, Hope, in 1999, and a son, Gabriel, in 2001, both of whom were born with a rare genetic disorder called Zellweger Syndrome.

Nancy offered many of the lessons she learned from this sorrowful experience in her 2002 book, Holding On to Hope: A Pathway of Suffering to the Heart of God. She regularly hears from readers who have been touched by the book from all around the world as the book has been translated into German, Danish, Norwegian, Korean, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.

Nancy continues to write books that reflect her compassion for hurting people and her passion for applying God’s Word to real life. Her desire to grow in her understanding of God’s Word has prompted her to begin graduate work in theological studies at Covenant Theological Seminary. She speaks regularly at women’s retreats and evangelistic events nationally and internationally, and is a regular contributor to The Gospel Coalition.

Nancy and her husband, David, and son, Matt, make their home in Nashville, Tennessee where, according to Nancy, life is less about professional pursuits than about the ordinary aspects of being a wife, mother, friend, and follower of Jesus, with clothes to wash, e-mails to answer, and a friend to listen to.

David is an executive in church music publishing, and Nancy teaches a weekly Bible class along with operating a media relations business serving the Christian publishing industry.

Workshops: Check back for a listing of the workshops.

Large Group Sessions: Check back for a listing of the Large Group Sessions


Ridge Haven Conference & Retreat Center

215 Ridge Haven Road
Brevard, NC 28712


Conference Schedule:

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

1:30–3:30 pm: Check–In

3:30 pm: Meet & Greet

4:30–5:30 pm: Workshop #1

6:00 pm: Dinner

7:30 pm: Worship Service

9:00 pm: Floor Socials

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

8:00 am: Breakfast

9:00–10:00 am: Large Group Session #1

10:30–11:30 am: Workshop #2

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00– 2:00 pm: Workshop #3

2:00–6:00 pm: FREE TIME

6:00 pm:  Dinner

7:30 pm: Worship Service

Thursday, April 11, 2019

8:00 am: Breakfast

9:00–10:00 am: Large Group Session #2

10:30 am: Closing Session

12:00 pm: Lunch