Schedule

8:00 AM – 1:30 PM      REGISTRATION OPEN

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM  PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINARS ($19.00). Details and Registration

  1. Creating a Safe Place for the ‘God Questions’ (Chuck Stecker)
  2. The Five Pillars of Grandparenting (Ken Canfield)
  3. Rethinking Retirement: Maximizing the Impact of Your Grandparenting Years (Hal Habecker)
  4. Establishing a Grandparenting Ministry in Your Church (Ambassador Team)
  5. Grandparenting When You Don’t Have a Perfect Family (Dave Carder)

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM    RESOURCE CENTER OPEN

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM      GENERAL SESSION #1

  • MUSIC: Fernando Ortega
  • SPEAKER 1: Larry Fowler
  • SPEAKER 2: Josh Mulvihill

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM      RESOURCE CENTER OPEN

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM      BREAKOUT SESSION #1


1. Doing Life with Your Adult Children (Jim Burns)

Parenting doesn’t stop when a child reaches the age of eighteen. In many ways, it gets more complicated. Dealing with boundaries, finances, changing values are all a part of parenting your adult child. In this session, Jim Burns will provide practical advice and encouragement for one of the richest and most challenging seasons of parenting.


2. Over the River and Through the Woods: The Challenges of Long-Distance Grandparenting (Wayne and Marci Rice)

If your grandkids live far away from you, this session will provide you with a lot of encouragement and a good selection of tried-and-tested ideas for staying connected across the miles. You’ll also have an opportunity to share your experience as a long-distance grandparent and interact with other grandparents who are on the same journey. Wayne and Marci Rice are themselves long-distance grandparents who want to hear from you!


3. Grandparents as Family Reconcilers (Ken Canfield)

Grandparents have leverage and considerable influence in reconciling issues within the family. This breakout session will address the challenges and blessings that come when grandparents prayerfully and boldly seek to strengthen their family through reconciliation, both personally and generationally.


4. Grandparents Parenting Their Children’s Children (Cavin Harper)

The call comes in the middle of the night. The caller tells you, “Your grandchild has been taken away from his parents. Either take your grandchild or he will be placed in foster care.” Suddenly, everything you imagined grandparenting would be is shattered by a staggering new reality. Now what? How can I do this? Where do I turn for help? Does this describe you or someone you know? Then, let’s talk. You don’t have to do this alone.


5. 10 Tips for First-time Grandparents (John Coulombe)

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6. Never (Just) Babysit Your Grandkids (Chuck Stecker)

We grandparents are far too important to allow ourselves to become the equivalent of an unpaid babysitter. We must seize every moment God gives us with our grandchildren to help God mold them into the men and women He created them to be and to reach their purpose and destiny. Yes, there are times when we will be called upon to care of the grandkids for a while, but we can have a spiritual impact that is worth far more than the value of a babysitter.


7. Nurturing the Spiritual Life of Your Grandchild (Denise Kjesbo)

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8. Grandparents and Teenagers: A Great Mix (Mark Gregston)

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9. Connecting with Your Grandkids through Music (Mary Rice Hopkins)

During this session, you will be given oodles of ideas for effectively using music, object lessons, puppets and even food to teach good character and share the gospel message.  You will walk away with a new perspective of teaching along with ideas you can immediately implement with your grandchildren.


10. How Faith@Home Can Change Lives and Energize Churches (Mark Holmen)

Pastor Mark Holmen, author of Faith@Home Revealed – An Inside Look at Church-Going Parents, will share revealing new information based on a recent study of the spiritual lives of more than over 4000 church-going people. Could it be that the problem with spiritual growth and life today has less to do with what’s happening at church and more to do with what’s not happening in our homes? Come and find out! This session will be especially good for pastors as it will showcase a survey instrument they can utilize that will help them identify needs their people have to develop a stronger spiritual life at home.


11. Bible Times in Riddles & Rhymes (Sylvia Taylor-Stein)

Throughout generations, rhymes and riddles have been crucial in the development of children. They are fun and children love them, and the reciting of rhymes has provided a warm and nurturing bond between the older and the younger generations. The Bible is filled with powerful messages of courage, wisdom, strength, and even failure. This workshop creates an awareness of the immense value of rhymes in remembering these great stories of the Bible, and helps grandparents use this proven teaching tool of verse to instill an enduring legacy of God’s word in the hearts of their grandchildren.


12. How to Be a Good Grandparent and a Good In-Law at the Same Time (Jim and Vicki Smith)

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5:00 PM – 7:00 PM      DINNER BREAK

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM      RESOURCE CENTER OPEN

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM      GENERAL SESSION #2

  • MUSIC: Fernando Ortega
  • INTERVIEW: Steve Scheibner “Living on Borrowed Time: The Power of Proactive Grandparenting”
  • SPEAKER: Alistair Begg

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM      PRAYER TIME

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    RESOURCE CENTER GRAND EXPO

  • Exhibit Hall Open
  • Live music from Mary Rice Hopkins and Miss Patty Cake
  • Continental breakfast served

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM  GENERAL SESSION #3

  • SPEAKER: John Rosemond

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM    LUNCH (provided)/RESOURCE CENTER OPEN

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM      BREAKOUT SESSION #2


1. When Grandparents Must Be Parents: It’s Not About You! (Part One) (John Rosemond)
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2. Grandparenting with Purpose (Steve and Megan Scheibner)
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3. Understanding the World of your Grandchildren: The Major Cultural Shifts and How to Navigate Them (John Stonestreet)
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4. The Grand Awakening (Larry Fowler)
We believe that God has begun a powerful movement of intentional grandparenting that will continue to gain momentum for years to come. Do you want to be part of that movement? Would you like to learn how to more quickly and effectively awaken Christian grandparents in our country to be instruments of grace and truth, and influence the youngest generations? We have some big dreams and we would love for you to join us! This breakout session is especially for pastors and high-level ministry leaders who want to be more effective equippers and motivators of the more than 30 million Christian grandparents who will impact generations to come.


5. Understanding the Biblical Role of a Grandparent (Josh Mulvihill)
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6. Understanding Today’s Youth Culture (Part One) (Walt Mueller)

Digital natives. . . that’s who our grandkids are. Unlike us, they’ve been born into a hyper-connected digital world. Technology has not only changed the landscape, it’s changing the nature of growing up. . . which in turn is shaping our grandkids, including the way they think, talk, and act. In this two-part seminar, Walt will get you started on a journey to understand what is arguably the most powerful cultural force in today’s youth culture, along with practical and hope-filled biblical responses that will equip you and the grandkids you love to live Christianly on the digital frontier.


7. Memory Makers: Camp Grammy and Papa (John and Jacque Coulombe)
If you would like to do something special for your grandchildren besides taking them to an amusement park or a tour of historic monuments, come to this session and learn how to plan and carry out “Camp Grammy and Papa,” an unforgettable immersion experience for your grandchildren that will teach family values, history, identity and important spiritual life lessons. John and Jacque Coulombe will share what they have done with their grandchildren over the years and help you create something that will work for you and your family. Come expecting to be inspired, get some great ideas and learn how to make the most of the time you have with your grandchildren while they are young.


8. Grandparents Who ‘Stick’—Creating Connections Between Generations (Steve and Valerie Bell)
While parents play the primary formative role in the lives of their children, grandparents can play a significant role as well! What makes you memorable? What will your grandkids always remember most about you? Learn creative, doable initiatives and skills to influence, bless, and nurture your grandchildren for lasting impact—and leave a legacy for generations to come.


9. Grandparenting Children with Special Needs or Disabilities (Shauna Amick)
Becoming the grandparent of a child with disabilities brings unique challenges and opportunities.  How can you best support your adult child and special-needs grandchild while navigating through your own fears and disappointments at the same time?  Through her first-hand experiences as the mother of a child with severe disabilities, Shauna Amick will encourage you and provide you with practical ideas for putting your faith into action under these exceptional circumstances.


10. Creative Tools for Sharing the Gospel with your Grandkids (Barney Kinard)
Every grandparent needs some creative tools to share the gospel with grandkids. After 50 years of evangelistic ministry for children, Barney has acquired an exhaustive repertoire of creative gospel resources. He will not only be sharing his best creative tools, he will be giving you lots of good ideas that you can use to share your faith with your grandkids.


11. Helping Grandparents Stay in the Game (Mark Holmen)
In this session, pastor Mark Holmen, author of Faith Begins @ Home Grandparents, will share the five most common roadblocks grandparents face along with practical ways to overcome them and he will provide a framework for ministry that takes seriously the incredible spiritual influence that grandparents have in the lives of their adult children and grandchildren.


12. Bonus Grandparenting with Love and Intention: When God Blesses You with a Blended Grandfamily (Lois Sherwin)
Your son or daughter falls in love and marries a divorced or widowed man or woman with children. Immediately these children are added to your lives. What will you do to welcome them, love them, and influence them? Come to this workshop to explore ways to creatively impact these precious lives while navigating the sometimes tricky waters of biological parents and grandparents.


2:00 PM – 2:30 PM      RESOURCE CENTER OPEN

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM      GENERAL SESSION #4

  • COMEDY: David Pendleton
  • SPEAKER: Beth Guckenberger

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM      RESOURCE CENTER OPEN

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM      BREAKOUT SESSION #3


1. When Grandparents Must Be Parents: It's Not About You! (Part Two) (John Rosemond)
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2. Marriage, Communication and Friendship (Steve and Megan Scheibner)
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3. Understanding Today’s Youth Culture (Part Two) (Walt Mueller)
Digital natives. . . that’s who our grandkids are. Unlike us, they’ve been born into a hyper-connected digital world. Technology has not only changed the landscape, it’s changing the nature of growing up. . . which in turn is shaping our grandkids, including the way they think, talk, and act. In this two-part seminar, Walt will get you started on a journey to understand what is arguably the most powerful cultural force in today’s youth culture, along with practical and hope-filled biblical responses that will equip you and the grandkids you love to live Christianly on the digital frontier.


4. Porn, LGBTQ, and the Other Consequences of the Sexual Revolution (John Stonestreet)
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5. Hope for the Hurting Grandparent (Larry Fowler)
Come learn what to do when there are significant barriers to influence your grandkids spiritually, like broken relationships, divorce, or spiritual disinterest. This breakout highlights some of the core teachings from Larry’s newest book Overcoming Grandparenting Barriers. You will learn two essential Biblical strategies that can guide you to a more effective approach as well as a new, open relationship with your whole family.


6. Spiritual Grandparenting: Influencing Grandchildren Besides your Own (Chuck Stecker)
The opportunity to have a spiritual impact on children extends far beyond your own grandchildren. We live in a time where many young boys and girls do not have grandparents close to where they live. If we believe our role as a grandparent is important to God, we must seize the opportunity to “spiritually grandparent” the friends of our grandkids as well as young boys and girls in our churches and communities.


7. Making Memories Before You Lose Yours (Mark Gregston)
This session will help you to understand the crucial role that you play in the life of your grandkids and will offer practical and effective ways to engage in such a way where your legacy will not be measured by what you leave in your grandchildren’s bank accounts, but by what you have deposited in their hearts.  The making of memories during your grandchild’s life while they are teens is essential for keeping a good relationship with them, yet difficult because of the increasing busyness in their lives.  This session will give you effective ways to stay connected when your grandchildren need that relationship the most.


8. Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives (Miss Pattycake (Jean Thomason))
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9. Connecting with your Foster or Adopted Grandchild (Beth Guckenberger)
Beth Guckenberger has worked with orphaned and vulnerable children for over 20 years and is herself a foster and adoptive mother. Come to this breakout session and get practical insights on how to understand your foster or adoptive grandchild’s unique needs. You will leave with resources and ideas for deepening your understanding and relationship.


10. Starting Strong and Finishing Well: The Power and Promise of Mentoring (Hal Habecker)
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11. Leaving a Legacy of Scriptural Prayer (Tony Souder)
Regardless of the geographical or relational distance between you and your grandchildren you can make a significant impact in their lives through prayer. This seminar will present proven and practical ways to pray scriptural focused prayers through the lens of seven essential biblical categories for your grandchildren.


5:30 PM – 7:30 PM      DINNER BREAK

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM      RESOURCE CENTER OPEN

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM      GENERAL SESSION #5

  • COMEDY: David Pendleton
  • MUSIC: Jim Rice and Brush Arbor with Joe Rice, Wayne Rice & Mary Rice Hopkins
  • SPEAKER: Josh McDowell

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM      PRAYER TIME

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM      RESOURCE CENTER open

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM      BREAKOUT SESSION #4


1. Making Your Marriage Matter Now and For Generations to Come (Crawford and Karen Loritts)
Your parents’ marriage has greatly affected your own attitudes and actions in marriage, for better or for worse. And the choices you make about your marriage will have a big impact on your children and grandchildren as well. It’s time to get proactive about your marriage legacy. Whether you are newly-married or have been married for decades, you can build (or rebuild) a marriage now that your kids and grandkids will thank you for later.


2. How to Help Your Grandchild Develop a Christian Worldview (Josh Mulvihill)
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3. The Untapped Power of Grandfathering (Ken Canfield)
This session will focus on the unique contributions that grandfathers make in their families. With increased family fragmentation, grandfathers must be proactive and step up their efforts to strengthen their households and to combat “grandfatherlessness.” Dr. Canfield will provide a solid framework for good grandfathering and discuss many practical applications for today’s active grandpas.


4. Unleash the Power of Spoken Blessing (Cavin Harper)
If you could find one tool for your grandparenting toolbox with the power to transform your grandchild’s heart, what would it be? The spoken blessing is such a tool, yet few Christians know about it or how to make use of it. We’ll examine three simple, God designed elements of the spoken blessing that can unleash God’s transformational power in your family. It’s a tool no grandparent should go without.


5. Grandparents Who ‘Stick’—Creating Connections Between Generations (Steve and Valerie Bell)
While parents play the primary formative role in the lives of their children, grandparents can play a significant role as well! What makes you memorable? What will your grandkids always remember most about you? Learn creative, doable initiatives and skills to influence, bless, and nurture your grandchildren for lasting impact—and leave a legacy for generations to come.


6. Grandparenting Children with Special Needs (Denise Kjesbo)
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7. Grandparenting with Grace (Larry McCall)
While parents play the primary formative role in the lives of their children, grandparents can play a significant role as well! What makes you memorable? What will your grandkids always remember most about you? Learn creative, doable initiatives and skills to influence, bless, and nurture your grandchildren for lasting impact—and leave a legacy for generations to come.


8. The Best Is Yet to Be: Becoming the Person Your Grandchildren Need (Bruce Peppin)
We may think our influence on our grandchildren is like a small pebble dropping into a pond with barely a ripple to show. However, God sees our life like a boulder making a huge splash of influence with ripples carrying to the far shore. We are going to discuss 7 principles for living a life of influence that will benefit our grandchildren no matter what our past regrets or hard realities may be.


9. Building a Spiritual Heritage for Generations: Tips for Fostering Healthy Relationships with Your Adult Kids and Grandkids (Glenn and Ellen Schuknecht)
What does it look like to be a spiritual heritage builder for your grandkids? It begins with vision and grows out of connectedness. With three adult children and eleven grandkids, Glen and Ellen have numerous insights to share—both from mistakes they have made and from what has worked well to foster close relationships with their adult kids and grandkids. Come journey with them and discover the ideas you need, the hope you crave, and the grace you must rely on to influence future generations for God’s kingdom.


10. Things You Can Do When Your Grandkids Visit (Ruth Carter)
Visits with grandkids will usually go much better if you plan ahead for their time with you.  In this breakout session you will be equipped with dozens of creative craft and activity ideas that will enhance the visits ahead.  Each project will also include an “extend the discussion” thought which will help you use the activity to speak spiritual truth into the lives of your children’s children.


11. When Your Grandchildren Become Grandolescents (Wayne Rice)
When your grandchildren become adolescents, you will have the opportunity to enter into a new and special kind of relationship with them. Come to this breakout and learn from a veteran youth leader (and grandparent to two teenagers) about the mindset of adolescents today and the world they are growing up in. You’ll also get some practical tips for staying connected with your teen grandkids and helping them to make a smooth and healthy transition to adulthood.


9:30 AM – 10:00 AM    RESOURCE CENTER OPEN

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  GENERAL SESSION #6

  • MUSIC: Scott Wesley Brown
  • SPEAKER: Crawford and Karen Loritts

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM    LUNCH (provided)

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM      GENERAL SESSION #7

  • MUSIC: Scott Wesley Brown
  • PANEL/Q&A: “So Church, What Do We Do Now?” Moderator: John Coulombe
    Panel: Ken Canfield, Cavin Harper, Josh Mulvihill, Crawford Loritts
  • WRAP UP: Larry Fowler