January 26-28, 2017
Evangelicals for Life
Washington, DC
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Evangelicals for Life

At first glance, it might look like the Evangelicals For Life conference is just another Christian gathering, talking about contentious cultural issues with an aim to rallying believers to a just cause. While we certainly do hope to encourage and strengthen Christians to stand for life in their communities, Evangelicals For Life represents something much larger than politics--in fact, something eternally larger.

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By Russell Moore

At first glance, it might look like the Evangelicals For Life conference is just another Christian gathering, talking about contentious cultural issues with an aim to rallying believers to a just cause. While we certainly do hope to encourage and strengthen Christians to stand for life in their communities, Evangelicals For Life represents something much larger than politics–in fact, something eternally larger.

The gospel tells us that human life is of infinite value and importance. Human beings are created in the image of God himself. (Gen. 1:27). Not only that, but human life was joined to God forever in the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. That means that human life matters infinitely. And it also means that the demonic powers of hell wage constant war against it. Whether through Pharaoh’s order to cast babies into the Nile, Herod’s jealous genocide against Bethlehem’s infant boys, or the pristine floors and shiny signage of a Planned Parenthood clinic, Satan has always sought to attack human life at its most vulnerable.

The value of human life isn’t just an issue for Congress or activists or ethics professors. It’s an issue for every single Christian and every single local church. The church is the embassy of the Kingdom of Christ, and the Kingdom is where the unborn are prayed over, where the widows are visited, where the orphan is adopted, and where the disabled and the “unwanted” are made heirs with Christ of the universe. The church must speak a prophetic, gospel word to our culture of death. The cause of life is not a liberal vs conservative or red state vs blue state issue. It’s a Kingdom issue, and children of the King must stand up in defense of all human life. Will you join us as we do just that?

Evangelicals for Life

If you’re planning to participate in this year’s March for Life, I want to encourage you to think about arriving in D.C. a day early for the Evangelicals for Life conference. It’s our chance as committed, born-again believers to stand up and tell the world that the sanctity of life is something more than a political issue—that it is, in fact, an indispensable element of the gospel message.

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By Jim Daly

Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.  If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?  He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?  And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” (Proverbs 24:11, 12, NKJV)

If you’re planning to participate in this year’s March for Life, I want to encourage you to think about arriving in D.C. a day early for the Evangelicals for Life conference. It’s our chance as committed, born-again believers to stand up and tell the world that the sanctity of life is something more than a political issue—that it is, in fact, an indispensable element of the gospel message.

Why do we need this gathering? I think the answer is obvious. If you’ve watched the disturbing undercover Planned Parenthood video exposés from the Center for Medical Progress, you can’t help but have a new understanding of the horrific nature of abortion and our culture’s shameful disregard for human life. To see and hear the former president of PP’s Medical Directors’ Council haggling over the price of baby body parts in an effort to raise enough money to buy herself a Lamborghini is nothing short of breathtaking. Clearly, the need to raise our voices on behalf of the defenseless unborn has never been more urgent!

How can you do that? By joining your Christian brothers and sisters at the JW Marriott and letting your fellow Americans know that God cares intensely about each and every human life. He cares so much that He sent His only Son to give His life as a ransom for every man, woman, and child ever conceived or born (John 3:16; Mark 10:45). So deep and wide is His love that He is unwilling that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). That’s why He calls us as His people to join Him in this grand mission to save lives, to “rescue the weak and needy,” and to “deliver them out of the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:4).
If that call to action stirs your blood as it stirs mine, I’ll look forward to seeing you in Washington on January 26. In the meantime, please remember us in prayer as we finalize preparations for this crucial event!

JW Marriott

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington D.C. 20004
(202) 393-2000

A discounted ERLC rate was available at the JW Marriott for $209/night with $20 for each additional person per room. Online reservations at the group rate are closed. You may also call (202) 393-2000 and mention you are attending Evangelicals for Life. Group rate may no longer be available and is subject to hotel availability. To find more information about hotel amenities and services, please visit the hotel’s website.

  • Check-in
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Exhibits Open
  • Conference Begins
    1:00 -5:00 PM
    • Human dignity and the gospel: The framework for a lasting mission - Russell Moore
    • Pro-life apologetics: Arguments from reason that align with scripture - Scott Klusendorf
    • A voice for human dignity: The church's pro-life mission - Todd Wagner
    • Leading congregations who advocate for the weak, vulnerable, and voiceless - Pastor's Panel
    • Unwed pregnancy and the grace of God - Amy Ford
    • Bearing burdens: Serving special needs families in our churches - Special Needs Panel
  • Dinner Break
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Main Stage Session
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Race and human flourishing: Embracing diversity for the good of all people - Glenn Packiam
    • Church as a Community of Life - Matt Chandler
    • What can I do? Confronting the evil of human trafficking around the world - Human Trafficking Panel
  • Main Stage Session
    8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Are you mentally healthy enough? Preparing for adoption's hardships - Kelly Rosati
    • The life-changing influence of foster care - Jim Daly
    • Adoption and foster care: Real challenges and right expectations - Adoption Panel
    • A consistent pro-life worldview: Confronting the moral blind spots in our everyday lives - Albert Mohler
  • Break: March for Life
    11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • At this point we will break for those who are participating in the March for Life
  • Breakout 1
    4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    • On the frontlines: Pregnancy Resource Centers and the fight for life​
    • The case for life: Legal, legislative, and policy issues
    • Meeting tangible needs: ​Human dignity and the work of relief​ ministries
  • Breakout 2
    5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
    • Local church ministry​​: Discipling a pro-life people
    • International​ issues: Advocating for ​human dignity throughout the world
    • Training them up: Helping our kids catch a pro-life vision
  • Dinner Break
    5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Main Stage Session
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Respecting human dignity through civil discourse - John Stonestreet
    • Social justice, human dignity, and the gospel: A comprehensive pro-life stance - Eugene Cho
    • Welcoming sojourners: How the gospel urges us to love the immigrant - Samuel Rodriguez
    • Ministering to refugees and immigrants: Hard questions, complex answers, and loving our neighbors - Immigration Panel
  • Main Stage Session
    8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Death and disease: Respecting human dignity throughout all of life - End of Life Panel
    • Unexpected Advocates: Embracing Divine Opportunities to Save Lives and Protect Conscience - Kristen Waggoner
    • Protecting life: Pursuing policies that uphold human dignity - Jennifer Marshall
    • Politics and the person: Why legislation matters for the pro-life cause - Pro-life Policy Panel
    • The beauty of diversity: Celebrating the dignity of every tribe, tongue and nation - Jackie Hill Perry
While you are at the conference, Join us for the
March for life
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 | 1:00 PM
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