April 5-6, 2024

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters,

be steadfast


always excelling

in the Lord's work

because you know that your labor

in the Lord is not in vain.”

1 Cor. 15:58

Every other year, family and childhood convention leaders from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri along with Lifeway Kids Min leaders work together to host the Heart of the Child conference. Breakout sessions are offered in preschool, children, preteen, family, and disability ministries to encourage, train, and assist leaders. 

April 5-6, 2024

Southwestern Theological
Baptist Seminary

2001 W Seminary Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76115


$85 until
March 31

Saturday Only ticket: $45


For every 5 registered attendees, a minister receives a free registration. (Ex. if 10 attendees register from one church, two ministers attend free.)

College, Graduate, or Seminary Students

If you are a college, graduate, or seminary student you can receive a discounted ticket.

Senior Pastor

If you are a senior pastor, you can receive free registration.

main stage

Nathan Lorick

SBTC, Executive Director


Chuck Peters

Director of Lifeway Kids

Amy Davison

Podcast Co-Host / Contributing Blog Author

Christy Gandy

Rush Creek Mira Lagos Worship Team

Collin Perkins

Hillcrest Baptist Church
Minister of Worship



8:30 amPre-Conference Registration
9:00 amPre-Conference Session 1
10:15 amPre-Conference Session 2
11:00 amRegistration Begins
11:00 amExhibit Hall Opens
11:15 amLunch (on your own)
1:00 pmGeneral Session 1
2:30 pmBreakout Session 1
3:45 pmBreakout Session 2
4:45 pmSnacks and Exhibit Hall Open
5:30 pmGeneral Session 2
6:45 pmDismiss


7:30 amSBTC Family Ministry Breakfast
8:00 amDoors/Exhibit Hall/Registration Opens
9:00 amGeneral Session 3
10:15 amExhibit Hall Open
11:00 amBreakout Session 1
12:00 pmLunch (provided)
12:15 pmLunch sessions
1:30 pmBreakout Session 2/Exhibit Hall Closes
2:30 pmHOC Party on the Lawn*
3:15 pmDismiss

* Pop by for Convention Connections: Music, Scrumptious Snacks, & Fun Giveaways!

Friday Pre-Conference Session 1 & 2

(these sessions are available at an additional cost)

Stephanie Chase

Teach Kids to Overcome the World’s Hot Topics

Ricky Chelette

Our Strange, Confused, and Sexualized World

Billy Hardesty

Connecting Parents to Your Ministry

Mark Jones

The Seven Desires of a Child’s Heart

Shelly Melia

Leveraging Your Leadership Style & Recruit to Cover Your Weaknesses

Lifeway Kids’ Team 


9-12:30 (lunch included)
Pre-Registration Required. 

This is a free one-day intensive for brand new preschool and kids ministers who’ve been in their positions two years or less. Lifeway Kids’ team will share practical information to help you navigate your first years of ministry. 

Registration is no longer available. 


DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Worth South Hotel & Conference Center

100 Altamesa Boulevard East 
Fort Worth, TX 76134
Tel. (817) 293-3088