2023 National Disciple Leaders Network Conference

Thursday, April 20 – 21, 2023

Preconference Meetings, April 19

Forest Hills Baptist Church

2101 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 37215

All sessions will be recorded and available digitally to all who register and to all DLN members.

Holy Father, protect them by your name that you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one.

John 17:11, CSB

Event Information

April 20-21, 2023 | Nashville, TN

Forest Hills Baptist Church

The commission of Jesus for His church to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20) requires unity–Unity among church staff, volunteers, members, and other Great Commission churches. Unity was so vital that Jesus prayed in John 17:11 that His disciples would be one as He is one with the Father. Then, in John 17:21-23 Jesus prayed for future believers–HIS CHURCH–that they too may be one as [He is] one with the Father.

This quest for unity is ongoing and requires a consistent disciplemaking strategy. One Body = One Mission will provide

  • Practical steps for helping you improve your disciplemaking strategy
  • Practical ways to discover and develop volunteers and staff,
  • Practical steps for leveraging existing and new relationships,

so that your church may fullfil Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19, CSB) who have reached unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. (Ephesians 4:13, CSB)


All registrations includes post conference digital access and one-year DLN membership.


Conference Fee

DLN New and Renewing Members


Conference Fee

Current, Discounted and Lifetime Members


Jeff Iorg

Jeff Iorg

President, Gateway Seminary

Jeff teaches leadership, preaching, and church ministry courses at Gateway Seminary. He speaks frequently on these subjects in conferences and other venues, including college campuses and leadership seminars.

Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy

Pastor & Associate Professor of Preaching

Brian Eric Kennedy is Associate Professor of Preaching at Gateway Seminary. He has been the Senior Pastor of Mt. Zion Church of Ontario, California, since 1998.

Shelly Melia

Shelly Melia

Keynote Speaker

Shelly is the Program Director for the Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry and the Master of Arts in Family Ministry at Dallas Baptist University. She has over 25 years of experience in children’s and family ministry and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, local churches, and state conventions.

Jonathan & Emily Martin

Jonathan & Emily Martin

Worship Leaders

Jonathan & Emily are singer-songwrites and worship leaders from Nashville, TN. Over the past 7 years, they’ve released 7 albums and travel sharing their songs and leading worship for churches and groups.

Muiltiple High-Level Workshops

Coming Soon!


All times are CST

Precon Experiences (Free to all conference registrants)

Precon Experiences (Free to all conference registrants)

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Presentations

Join professors and students from around the country as they gather to learn from one another.  Topics and presenters will be added prior to the event.



D-Life Boot Camp Experience

(Led by Bill & Rondie Wilks)

D-Life exists to equip common people to be Christ-like disciple makers. In this conference, you will learn…

  • How to begin a D-Group of 3 to 5 people anytime & anywhere.
  • How to lead a D-Group using the Bible as your only textbook.
  • How to involve your group in personal ministry & evangelism.
  • How to reproduce disciple makers and multiply D-Groups.
  • How to know when others are ready to lead & when they’re not.
  • How to show loving spiritual accountability in a caring relational environment

Dr. Bill Wilks and his wife, Rondie, are passionate disciple makers. Through D-Life, they have trained thousands of common people to be Christ-like disciple makers in churches, associations, and state conventions across the country.

Main Event - Day One

Main Event - Day One

8:00am –

  • Disciplemaking Town Square Open – Visit exhibits, share ideas, grab a snack.

9:00am –

  • Main Session – One Body: Unity for Kingdom Purposes – Phil. 2:1-4 – Jeff Iorg & Brian Kennedy

10:30am –

  • Workshops 1

11:30am –

  • Disciplemaking Town Square Open – Check out our Partner Exhibits!

Noon –

  • Lunch (provided)
  • Main Session – One Mission For All Generations – Shelly Melia

1:30pm –

  • Workshops 2

2:30pm –

  • Sweet Break / Disciplemaking Town Square Open

3:00pm –

  • Workshops 3

4:15pm –

  • Main Session – One Mission: The Mission Matters Most – Phil. 1:12-18 – Jeff Iorg & Brian Kennedy

5:30pm –

  • Time for Dinner with Friends (On Your Own)
Main Event - Day Two

Main Event - Day Two

8:00am –

  • Disciplemaking Town Square Open – Visit exhibitis, share ideas, grab a snack.

8:45 am –

  • DLN Awards and Updates
  • Worship with Jonathan & Emily Martin
  • Main Session – A Strategic Direction for Disciple Making – Acts 1:8 – Brian Kennedy

10:30am –

  • Workshops 4

11:30am –

  • Main Session – Disciple Making Leaders – Acts 11:19-30, 13:1-3 – Jeff Iorg

12:30pm –

  • Dismiss


All hotels are approximately 5 miles from Forest Hills Baptist Church.

Some hotels reservation web banners may say “Baptist Assocation of Christian Educators 2023 Conference”

Homewood Suites Nashville/Brentwood

5107 Peter Taylor Park, Brentwood,TN 37027

Rate: $164

Cut-off Date: April 5, 2023

Hampton Inn Nashville/Brentwood, I-65S

5630 Franklin Pike Circle, Brentwood, TN 37027

Rate: $154

Cut-off Date: March 22, 2023

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Brentwood

217 Centerview Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027

Rate: $169

Cut-off Date: March 22, 2023

Courtyard Nashville/Brentwood

103 East Park Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027

Rate: $124

Cut-off Date: March 22, 2023

Hyatt Place Nashville/Brentwood

202 Summit View Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027

Rate: $129 (Use Corp/Grp Code: G-BCED)

Cut-off Date: March 29, 2023

Springhill Suites Nashville/Brentwood

7109 Town Center Way, Brentwood, TN 37027

Rate: $159

Cut-off Date: March 22, 2023

AC Hotel Nashville/Brentwood

5007 Maryland Way, Brentwood,  TN   37027

Rate: $189

Cut-off Date: March 29, 2023