Event description

Family Conferences are weeklong, life-changing family events. Rich fellowship, inspiring messages, and hands-on workshops make Family Conference something to look forward to by anyone who has experienced one. Whether making new friendships with other families or rekindling relationships from previous years, the conference is an annual highlight for many.

The conferences are structured to foster spiritual growth as young and old alike are challenged to honor God’s Word in every area of their lives.


Register for the Northwoods August Family Conference (August 31–September 4, 2020):



S. M. Davis

  • Internationally known for his practical advice on familial relationships, Dr. S.M. Davis preaches on viable topics that apply to every Christian.

Dean Kershner

  • For almost three decades, Dean’s passion for the Great Commission has taken him across the world to Asia and Africa with Gospelink.

Peter Magnuson

  • One of eight children, and son of the late Roger Magnuson, Peter Magnuson encourages his listeners to gaze upon Christ.

Gabriel Cleator

  • With contagious enthusiasm for his Savior, Gabriel loves exhorting people of all ages to personally know and walk with Jesus Christ.

David Waller

  • The coordinator of Family Conferences, David Waller is passionate about equipping believers to love and serve God with all their hearts.

Tim Levendusky

  • Tim Levendusky shares transforming lessons from his personal passion: “to build the Word of God into my life, and into the lives of others around me.”

Jim Ryun (video)

  • From setting Olympic world records, to serving in the United States Congress, Jim Ryun shares inspiring messages about his remarkable life’s journey.

Johnny Pope (video)

  • A favorite preacher for many, Dr. Pope speaks at conferences from coast to coast, and spanning the globe.

Paul Blair (video)

  • A former football star with a five-year NFL career, and the President of Reclaiming America for Christ, Blair uses the pulpit to declare truth and righteousness.

Bob Gray II (video)

  • The pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Bob Gray II equips his listeners with “local effectiveness for global impact.”

John Van Gelderen (video)

  • An evangelist and the president of Revival Focus Ministries, John Van Gelderen is the author of “Experiencing Jesus.”

Keith & Jenny Daniel (video)

  • An evangelist from Cape Town, South Africa, Keith Daniel shares spirit-filled messages that are fueled by his private prayer life.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (video)

  • As parents of 19 kids, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar teach invaluable lessons about equipping and releasing their children to follow what God has called them to do.


Student Sessions

  • Sessions for students aged 12 and up will focus on the importance of fully trusting the Lord for every area of your life. This includes your future, your work, your marriage, and your ministry.


  • At this program, girls aged 8-11 will enjoy exciting activities, crafts, Bible studies and learn practical life skills from their enthusiastic leaders who model the joy in knowing God and serving Him.

Music Opportunities

  • Present special music as a family or participate in orchestra and instrumental ensembles.


  • Young ladies aged 12–15 enjoy activities and sessions motivating them to seek the Lord first, to love Him with all their hearts, and to humbly serve others in their youth.

Children’s Institute

  • This program is for children aged 4–7 years old. Small and large group activities provide Godly instruction in ways that are both understandable and exciting to them.

ALERT Cadet Challenge

  • This all-day program is for young men aged 8–17. Participants experience challenging outdoor activities, spend time in God’s Word, and learn and practice new life skills.



Conference Registration Prices
Family Rate: $295
Individual Rate: $95
Day Rate (Family): $80
Day Rate (Individual): $30
Children's Program Prices
Children's Institute: $60
ALERT Cadets: $95
Pre-EXCEL: $95

Register by July 15 to receive a 15% discount on your entire registration!

Families enrolled in ATI receive a $100 discount.

Conference Cancellation Policies:

$35 non-refundable for conference registration cancellations. $25 non-refundable per campsite, dorm room, or cabin. $50 non-refundable for meal cancellations received on or before Monday, August 17. (Meals are non-refundable after the Meal Reservation deadline on Monday, August 17.)

No refunds for conference, lodging, or meal cancellations made on or after Monday, August 31.


The Northwoods Conference Center, owned and operated by IBLP, offers 63 hotel-style rooms, 10 suites, and 6 apartments on a first-come first served basis. Each suite includes a living area and kitchenette. The apartments consist of two bedrooms, two full baths, kitchen, and living area. All rooms are furnished at the beginning of the week with linens and towels. To find our more information please see the below information. Reservations can be made by calling (903) 636-9201. Other housing ideas are listed below.

Standard Rooms: ($60 per night)

Standard rooms provide comfortable, hotel-style accommodations for two people. (Maximum occupancy of 5 people.)

  • Two twin beds, a king, or two bunk beds
  • Full bath

Suites: ($90 per night) Suites, offering a bedroom and a separate living area with a kitchenette, are perfect for families who are looking for a little more space. This is made available to families of 5 or more members. (Maximum occupancy of 8 people.)

  • One king-sized bedsuitekitchen
  • Full bath
  • Pullout Couch
  • Kitchenette with:
    • Stove top
    • Small refrigerator
    • Sink

Apartments: ($135 per night) 
Apartments offer families a home away from home and include two bedrooms, two full baths, separate living room, and kitchen. The extra space and separate rooms allow families to spread out and be comfortable. This is made available to families of 8 or more members. (Maximum occupancy of 12 people.)

  • One king-sized bedapartmentlivingroom
  • Three twin beds (including one bunk bed)
  • Two full baths
  • Pull-out couch
  • Kitchen with:
    • Stove top and oven
    • Refrigerator with freezer
    • Coffee maker


 $20 Per RV per night (no hook ups)

$15 per tent site per night (no hook ups)

A bathhouse equivalent will be provided.

Dump station and water fill up will be available upon request.

Recreation Activities:

Kayaks, paddle boats, and canoes are available on a first-come first-served basis and to be returned at the end of each use. No motorized boats will be permitted on the lake during this week by conferees.

Sand and grass volleyball nets may be available during non-session times. There are paved roads around Wolf Lake and several smaller surrounding lakes, along with marked forest trails for hiking and biking. While a few bicycles may be available at the lodge, we encourage you to bring your own bicycles so you can take in the great outdoors.


Wilderness Bay Resort in Watersmeet, MI
(19 minutes away with pricing and availability upon calling.)

The Arrows in Watersmeet, MI
(19 minutes away with pricing and availability upon calling.)

Pine Aire Resort in Watersmeet, MI
(17 minutes away with prices starting at $57.)

Gateway Lodge in Land O' Lakes, WI
(20 minutes away with prices starting at $75.)

Best Western in Eagle River, WI
(37 minutes away with prices starting at $116.)

Bridgewater Inn in Eagle River, WI
(39 minutes away with prices starting at $79.)

Days Inn in Eagle River, WI
(38 minutes away with prices starting at $94.)

Super 8 in Eagle River, WI
(40 minutes away with prices starting at $85.)

Rental Homes:

You may find a cost effective option by renting a vacation home near Watersmeet, MI. Consider researching the following websites:

Meal Plans


Meal plans will be available for purchase by calling (903) 636-9201. Meal prices are $6 for 12 and older and $4 for ages 4-11.

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