"D6 is more than a conference: it’s a biblical passage, a principle, a strategy, a way of life." (link)
Taken by Deb
Have you ever heard of a conference called D6? The conference planners must believe it is really AWESOME because they describe it as a WAY OF LIFE. It will take place next week in the Dallas metroplex.
Perhaps you are wondering why this conference suddenly came onto our radar screen. I recently discovered that the producer of the video Divided (mentioned at the end of yesterday's post) has been "disinvited" to the D6 Conference. Wow! The only time I have ever heard of someone being "disinvited" to a conference was last May when Ken Ham was given the left boot of fellowship from a Christian homeschool conference.
Just what is D6? The conference name centers around Deuteronomy 6:7 which, according to the D6 website, "tells us three things: Love God, treasure His Word, and teach this to the next generation. The vision of the D6 Conference is to champion a movement of parents who disciple their own kids and teens in partnership with their local church. The D6 Conference is dedicated to helping churches, leaders, parents, and volunteers to develop a generational discipleship model based on Deuteronomy 6."
Here is how the D6 conference is introduced on its website: (link)
“Over the last several decades church discipleship programs have reached an all time standard of excellence.
We have seen more kids and students come through our doors than we could have ever imagined. But what are the results? Conservative studies show that between 70% -75% of the students in our youth groups are not attending church within 5 years after high school graduation: most of whom will never return. D6 is about a scriptural approach to a problem of biblical proportions.
D6 is more than a conference: it’s a biblical passage, a principle, a strategy, a way of life."
Pretty scary stuff… Will the church survive beyond the next generation? Perhaps D6 can remedy this dire situation. It appears from the D6 website that this annual conference began just three years ago. Conferences, conferences, conferences… Where would be be without them. This year's theme is "Biblical Discipleship". There's that descriptor again — biblical. Who gets to define the term?
Here is the gist of the conference:
"Most parents want to be involved in the spiritual development of their kids’ lives, but just don’t know where to begin. Parents are involved in sports, homework, and hygiene, but many find it challenging to connect with their children when it comes to their faith in Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, many people rely on the pastor, Sunday School teacher, or youth pastor to be the primary spiritual influence for our kids. The problem is we only spend, at most, four hours a week at church. What about the other 164 hours?"
For just $319 (not including travel expenses, food, and lodging) attendees get to learn from the D6 speakers who have brilliantly come up with a method of training up children to love the Lord. Not to worry, the attendee's church is probably picking up the tab. Pricing info can be found here. Sorry you missed the early bird specials… Hopefully some of the two thousand attendees got a discount on the conference fee.
Main Event Speakers
Here is the list of conference speakers who will provide training in biblical discipleship. This is not an exhaustive list. See link for more info.
If you arrive a day early you can pay an extra $99 for the "pre-con labs". Some of these speakers include: (link)
Dr. Richard Ross
Timothy Paul Jones
And many more…
Partners appear to be an important component to the success of D6. Here are just some of them: D6 Curriculum, Randall House, Focus on the Family, LIfeway, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, David C. Cook, Dallas Theological Seminary, Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Gospel Light.
What is REALLY going on here? It is admirable that these “experts” are so concerned about the next generation, but is that all there is to it? This conference is obviously a big deal to the speakers, partners, and exhibitors.
As I searched the website, I finally learned who the sponsor is in the FAQ section. Here is what I discovered: (link)
“D6 is hosted and owned by Randall House.”
When I clicked on the Randall House hyperlink, I read the following information: (link)
"Randall House is a Christian publisher dedicated to promoting the cause of Christ and serving the Church through the development and distribution of Bible-based curriculum and quality Christian products. As a trusted publisher of Bible-based products for more than forty years, we are proud of the impact our products make on the lives of people around the world."
Now that there is such a great emphasis on connecting the church and home among some Christian leaders, all of the current training materials appear to be obsolete. New curricula and books must be written and purchased in mass quantities to train those interacting with the youth so they will not forsake their faith. Desperate times call for desperate measures…
Are you getting the picture?
Here is my most sincere question…
Who stands to gain the most from the D6 movement? Is it the youth, the churches / denominations, the curriculum writers, the experts writing books, the publishers, the parachurch ministries, and/or the booksellers? I believe it’s a fair question.
It will be fascinating to follow this newfangled movement in the coming years to see whether it is really making a different in the lives of the upcoming generation or whether it is just another one of those Christian cottage industries.
Lydia's Corner: 1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17 Acts 23:11-35 Psalm 3:1-8 Proverbs 18:14-15