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.

Speakers

Live!

John Van Gelderen

  • John Van Gelderen is an evangelist and the president of Revival Focus Ministries. John has written several books, including The Revived Life, The Faith Response, The Revival Journey, and Experiencing Jesus. 
Live!

Darren Myers

  • Darren and his wife Tammy founded Freedom Focus. Through preaching, teaching, singing, and audio/video they seek to bring the truths of freedom alive for this generation.
Live!

Gabriel Cleator

  • With contagious enthusiasm for living for a living Savior, Gabriel animatedly and clearly exhorts both young and old to personally know Jesus Christ. Gabe resides in Big Sandy where he works in the ATI Department.
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Jobe Martin

  • Dr. Martin was converted “from an evolution-trained scientist to a Bible-believing creationist.” Dr. Martin’s messages resonate with the importance of trusting in God’s Word to build our trust in the Lord.
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Bob Newhouse

  • Bob Newhouse has been involved with the home school movement for many years, helping fathers take the lead in training their children.
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Gil and Kelly Bates

  • Gil and Kelly have seen God take care of their family of 19 children. They delight in sharing testimonies of God’s work in their lives.
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David Waller

  • David Waller, father of four and fifth sibling of ten, is grateful for an upbringing that challenged him to combine a Scripturally-founded faith with real life situations. David serves as director of ATI.
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Tim Levendusky

  • Tim’s involvement with IBLP ministry spans over 27 years in various responsibilities. He and his wife Angie served in Mongolia and Korea, and they now reside in Big Sandy, Texas.

Programs

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.

Pre-EXCEL

  • Fun times and solid Biblical teaching await young ladies between the ages of 8-11! Enthusiastic leaders model for younger ones the joy in knowing God and serving Him.

Pastors’ Workshop

  • This is a time set aside just for pastors. Come be encouraged. Come share a burden you have. Come apart and be with others who understand. Just come.

Music Opportunities

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

COMMIT

  • 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.

Pricing

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
COMMIT: $60
Photography Workshop: $115

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

Families enrolled in ATI receive a $100 discount.

Lodging

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 out more information please see the details below. Please call the Northwoods Conference Center at 906-358-4500 to get on a waiting list in case plans of families change and we can accommodate more on site guests. 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

Camping:

 $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.

Hotels:

Wilderness Bay Resort in Watersmeet, MI
(19 minutes away with pricing and availability upon calling.) 906-670-2088

The Arrows in Watersmeet, MI
(19 minutes away with pricing and availability upon calling.) 906-358-4390

Pine Aire Resort in Watersmeet, MI
(17 minutes away with prices starting at $57.) 715-544-2313

Gateway Lodge in Land O' Lakes, WI
(20 minutes away with prices starting at $75.) 800-848-8058

Best Western in Eagle River, WI
(37 minutes away with prices starting at $116.) 715-479-1600

Bridgewater Inn in Eagle River, WI
(39 minutes away with prices starting at $79.) 715-479-5153

Days Inn in Eagle River, WI
(38 minutes away with prices starting at $94.) 715-479-5151

Super 8 in Eagle River, WI
(40 minutes away with prices starting at $85.) 715-477-0888

Rental Homes:

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