General Session Speakers

Melissa J. MacDonald

National Children’s Disciplemaking Specialist for the C&MA, INCM Board Member, Author, Kidmin Veteran

Beth Guckenberger

Co-Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries, Author, Speaker, and Child Advocate

C. McNair Wilson

Former Disney Imagineer, Actor, Author, and Teacher

Christine Yount Jones

Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, Content Strategist for Group’s Children’s Ministry Resources, and Kidmin Veteran

Lisa Harper

Bible-teacher, Speaker, Author, and Ministry Leader

John Ortberg

Senior Pastor of Menlo Church, Author, and Ministry Leader

Louie Giglio

Pastor of Passion City Church, Author, and Founder of the Passion movement


8am-7pm Check-in open
9am-9:45am General Session #1 – Made for: Worship
10:15am-11:30am Start With Amen Prayer Experience with Beth Guckenberger
10am-10:30am Coaching Slot 1
10:45am-11:15pm Coaching Slot 2
11:30am-12pm Coaching Slot 3
12pm-2pm Lunch Break
2pm Resource Center Grand Opening
2pm-5pm Resource Center Open
5pm-6:30pm Dinner Break
7pm-9pm General Session #2
• Made for: This – Melissa J. MacDonald
• Made for: Telling the Greatest Story – Beth Guckenberger
9pm-10:30pm RC night-life
8am-4pm Check-in open
8:30am-9:45am General Session #3
Made for: Creating Newness – C. McNair Wilson
9:45am-12:30pm Resource Center Open
10am-11am Breakout Session 1
11:30am-12:30pm Breakout Session 2
12:30pm-2pm Lunch Break – (Resource Center closed 12:30pm-1:30pm)
1:30pm-4pm Resource Center Open
2pm-3pm Breakout Session 3
4:15pm-5:30pm General Session #4
Made for: His Glory – Lisa Harper
5:30pm Night Out
8am-4pm Check-in open
8:30am-9:45am General Session #5
Made for: Imagination – Christine Yount Jones
9:45am-12:30pm Resource Center Open
10am-11am Breakout Session 4
11:30am-12:30pm Breakout Session 5
12:30pm-2pm Lunch Break (Resource Center closed 12:30pm-1:30pm)
1:30pm-4pm Resource Center Open
2pm-3pm Breakout Session 6
3pm-4pm Resource Center Last Chance Blowout
4:15pm-6:00pm General Session #6
• Made for: His Presence – John Ortberg
• Made for: Bravery – Lou Giglio


Breakouts at CPC are led by ministry leaders and experts that offer you a comprehensive learning experience. With over 130 breakouts to choose from, they are organized into Tracks and Topical Categories to help you identify what would best meet your training needs.

Breakout Schedule


As a CPC participant, you have the opportunity to schedule a free, 30 minute coaching session at CPC18! The purpose of coaching is to serve the needs of you, our participants, by helping, inspiring, and equipping you in your role as a children’s ministry leader. Coaching is meant to help leaders move from where they are to where they believe God is leading them to be. Our panel of coaches is deeply committed to you, and helping you do just that.

CPC18 Coaching Panel: Coming soon!

Resource Center

The CPC Resource Center is designed with you in mind! Personally connect with organizational leaders who are focused on providing resources that not only help you connect with the children you lead, but also help you grow as a leader.
This year, the Resource Center will be laid out in categories — so you can easily find the resources you are looking for.

• Security Software and Web Tools
• Church Curriculum, VBS and Weekly Programming
• Personal Education, Leadership and Career Development
• Worship and Music
• Camps, Event Programming and Games
• Crafts, Apparel and Promotional Items
• Books, Magazines & Media
• Missions and Outreach
• Environment, Furniture and Playgrounds
• Special Needs Ministry

And beyond the joy of meeting and connecting with all of these great Resource Providers, the Resource Center is the place to be for amazing conference GIVE-AWAYS including the conference Goodie Bag, T-shirts and much much more! And don’t forget to shop in the Conference Store, also located within the Resource Center!

Interested in being an EVENT SPONSOR? To learn about all available sponsor options, view Media Kit here.
Resource Provider applications now open! Click here to apply.