Is your teen spinning out of control? Are you feeling hopeless and lost as a parent? 

It is difficult to know what to do and how to react when your teen daily reaches new lows in disobedience, dishonesty, and disrespect, and chooses every wrong thing. 

When your teen is caught in “The Spin Cycle,” he or she needs parents to intervene. The downward spiral can have tremendous destructive potential with lifelong consequences, or even bring a young life to a quick end. Responsible adults need to respond, not react, even if the teen does everything they can to shut their parents out.


Available conference dates are:  

- October 13th - 15th, 2021


This conference is designed specifically for the parents of struggling teens, not the teenagers themselves. Both parents should attend if at all possible, but that is not required.


The 3-day training conference is taught and hosted by Mark Gregston, author, national radio host and the Founder and Executive Director of Heartlight Ministries. Several Heartlight counselors and staff will also participate and facilitate small group sessions throughout the weekend.


$299 per person or $598 per couple, which includes meals, small group sessions, and seminars personally taught by Mark Gregston. Seminar participants are responsible for their lodging during the conference.


Yes, friends of our ministry have given gifts to help make it possible for single parents in economic difficulty to attend free. Please call us. If you would also like to help support this fund, please let us know or click here to give online.


The Families in Crisis Conference is held on the beautiful Heartlight campus, located about 150 miles east of Dallas on I20. Heartlight is located two miles east of Longview, Texas along Highway 80 (7345 E, Highway 80). American Eagle is the only carrier that services Longview Airport (GGG). If you wish to fly into a larger airport serviced by most airlines, Shreveport, Louisiana (SHV) is located 40 miles east, Tyler, TX (TYR) airport is 40 miles west, or Dallas, Texas (DFW or DAL) is a 2-hour drive west of the Heartlight campus.


Seminar participants are responsible for their lodging during the conference. In order to receive negotiated room rates for our event, be sure to use the phone numbers listed, and ask for the Heartlight rate when reserving your room. The following area hotels are in close proximity:

  • Staybridge Suites                 Fairfield Inn                     Homewood Suites               Wingate Inn  
  • 3409 N. 4th St.                       3304 N. 4th St.                  205 N. Spur 63                      431 NE Loop 281
    Longview, TX 75605               Longview, TX 75605         Longview, TX 75601              Longview, TX 75605
    903.212.3800                          903.663.1995                   903.234.0214                         903.663.3196

  • Holiday Inn Express           Courtyard Longview North
  • 300 Tuttle Circle                    1125 E. Hawkins Parkway
    Longview, TX 75605              Longview, TX 75605
    903.663.6464                         903-230-2700


“My husband and I attended this retreat and it changed our lives and the lives of our children. Things didn’t get perfect, but they did change and our family is stronger for it. This program–wow, tears just filled my eyes–not only repaired our relationships with our kids but with each other as well. We will forever be grateful that God lead us to Heartlight.” – Maria Bel Alfaro-Ontiveroz

“We appreciated the genuine and honest approach Mark presented in parenting teens in today’s culture. The weekend conference gave us a sense of renewed hope to face the challenges ahead and to trust in the Lord to change our boys’ hearts towards Him. We both recognized that it was us as a couple that first needed to change and as we shared this with our sons one of them said, “Hey, I like this conference. Maybe you should go again!” Thanks for everything — it was a real help for us in many ways. It was a huge blessing.” – Seminar Participant

"I can't even begin to tell you how loved and cared for we felt by all of the staff. Truly you all are in our hearts and the ministry even more so. We do feel some hope for our relationship with our oldest son." -Seminar Participant

“Mark’s unique ability to connect with parents who are frustrated and defeated is truly a gift. Mark has his hand on the pulse of this generation of young people and offers biblical insight, godly counsel and practical steps to help parents and leaders alike. Families have been healed and lives have been changed as a result of his faithful witness and testimony. Mark is the real deal and will give you a new perspective when it comes to parenthood.” – Senior Pastor, Dallas, Texas

"I cannot thank you and everyone at Heartlight enough for our experience last weekend. Not only do we feel we now have some tools to start using to help our daughter, but we also feel that talking through things together, with other parents, and counselors helped strengthen our marriage. And, of course, it's hard not to love Mark Gregston." - Seminar Participant

Don't stay in the "spin cycle" any longer. 

Register for our October 2021 conference now!



12:00 PM Registration & Mingling at the Conference Center

1:00   PM Welcome and Introductions

2:00   PM Session 1- Understanding Your Teen's Needs

3:30   PM Break

3:45   PM Session 2- Understanding Your Teen's Behavior

5:00   PM Break

5:15   PM Small Group Session

6:00   PM Dinner at Heartlight


8:30   AM Coffee at the Conference Center

9:30   AM Session 3- Moving from Total Dependence to Independence

10:45 AM Break

11:00 AM Small Group Meeting #2

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00   PM Session 4 – Your Home's Belief System- Developing Rules and Consequences

3:00   PM Break/Tour of Heartlight

4:15   PM Small Group Meeting #3

6:00   PM Dinner at Heartlight


8:30   AM Coffee at the Conference Center

9:00   AM Session 5 – Issues of Control

10:30 AM Small Group Session #4

11:30 Closing Session


If your teen is caught in that cycle, then you must act now. That’s why we developed the 3-day Families in Crisis Conference. It is designed to provide the parents of difficult teens many of the skills we teach our own staff. Come learn how to get your teen on the right path in life by behavior expert and Heartlight founder, Mark Gregston. You’ll learn everything you need to know to parent a rebellious or misbehaving teen in a totally new and more effective way.

Most of all, you’ll come away with a more complete understanding of the daily steps needed to influence real change in your home. And you’ll gain a renewed sense of power, purpose, energy and confidence in dealing with your teenager.

Hear more about the Families In Crisis conference from Mark Gregston

Have questions? Give us a call at 903-668-2173!

It doesn't have to stay this way. Join us for the Families in Crisis Conference on October 13th - 15th, 2021.

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