Fall Conference

Our Fall Conference is an opportunity to hear from engaging speakers teaching biblical truth.  The weekend features multiple sessions around a common theme aimed to equip Christians to practically live out their faith.

shepherding a child's heart

We welcome author & speaker Dr. Tedd Tripp as our special guest for this year's conference, October 29 & 30. Shepherding a Child’s Heart aims to connect the hearts of God’s people to the power and grace of the gospel. Multiple sessions will offer skills and strategies to reach to the heart of children of all ages.

Cost is $10 per attendee.  Childcare is available at no cost for children of registered attendees.  Registration is requested by October 24.

topics & schedule

*Schedule is subject to change. Each sessions lasts approximately one hour


6:30PM  Registration

7:00PM  Getting to the Heart of Behavior

The major theme of Shepherding a Child′s Heart is that the heart is the wellspring of life.  Since behavior is heart driven (Luke 6:45), it cannot be understood or addressed biblically in isolation from the heart. This foundational session explores common ways that we try to address behavior without shepherding the heart, helping parents gain skill at working back from behavior to the heart and unmasking heart issues for their children.

8:00PM  Break

8:15PM  Helping our Kids See the Glory of God

Children are worshippers. Like us, they will worship God or idols. As worshipping beings they filter life’s experiences through a religious grid.  Since our kids are worshippers they are designed to be dazzled by the God of the Bible. Parents are called to help them be fascinated and enthralled by God. Psalm 145 calls us to be one generation commending the works of God to the next generation.


9:00AM  Ages 0 – 5: Living Joyfully Under Authority

The early years are primary years for helping kids understand that they are designed to live under authority. God has placed them in a family and given them parents who possess wisdom, maturity and life experience. Our task is helping them see that God, who is good and kind, has designed for them to live as children under authority.  God has promised wonderful blessings for children who learn to honor and obey Mom and Dad.

10:15AM  Ages 6 – 12: Understanding and Identifying Attitudes of Heart

Many issues arise in shepherding our children that cannot be reduced to living under authority. The Bible teaches that the heart strays long before behavior strays. We can help our kids understand the heart attitudes that lie behind common behavior problems. This session will present a paradigm for getting from behavior to heart attitudes and helping children understand ways that their straying hearts show their profound need for the forgiveness, grace and empowerment of the gospel.

11:25AM  Teenagers: Internalizing the Gospel

Teen years are the time to pass the baton of faith from one generation to the next. Proverbs 1 provides three foundations for the teen years: the fear of the Lord, remembering your parent’s words and disassociation from the wicked. Rich biblical communication is important in this stage of development. Remaining connected to our teens and finding delight in understanding them is key.

About the speaker

Dr. Tedd Tripp is Senior Pastor Emeritus of Grace Fellowship Church since his retirement as Senior Pastor after 29 years of service.  He was married to Margy in 1968.  They have three adult children and nine grandchildren.  Tedd is a graduate of Geneva College, B.A. in History, Philadelphia Theological Seminary, M. Div., and Westminster Theological Seminary, D. Min. with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling. Tedd is the author of the popular child-rearing book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Shepherding a Child’s Heart Parent’s Handbook and co-author with Margy of Instructing a Child’s Heart.


Tedd and Margy founded Immanuel Christian School in 1979 where Tedd has served as a teacher and administrator.  Tedd is ICS Board Chairman Emeritus.  For over a decade Tedd served as a counselor in the Lehigh Valley office of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.  Since 1994 Tedd has maintained an extensive ministry as a conference speaker and presenter of Shepherding a Child’s Heart Seminars.  His books and video and audio materials are used throughout the world.

Read more about Dr. Tripp's ministry at shepherdingtheheart.org

Past Fall Conferences

Content from previous Fall Conferences is available below.  Click on the year to browse previous years' speakers and content.

  • There is so much in our world today that threatens to worry, frighten, or demoralize us. In the midst of a global pandemic, political strife, and ongoing challenges at home it can seem impossible to maintain our sanity, much less our joy.  But this is ultimately nothing new. Regardless of our challenging circumstances, the Gospel still holds the same power and hope as it did on the day of Jesus Christ's resurrection. Author and speaker Jared Wilson unpacks the glorious power of the Gospel and as we seek to find a renewed sense of hope by fixing our eyes on eternity.

    Listen to Our Eternal Perspective Sessions

  •  How People Change is an exciting and practical course designed to help you understand the biblical process of change. Study the intricacies of the human heart and see the beauty of the gospel that transforms daily life in a real and tangible way. In depth biblical discipleship is about relationships - with God and with others. How People Change will give you the tools to understand the change process in your own life and be better able to help others experience spiritual growth in their lives. Look at your own heart through the lens of God’s Word and learn to rely more on God’s many forms of grace.