Established: Children’s Ministry Conference

Established: Children’s Ministry Conference

Charlotte, NC – Mar. 15-16, 2019

PCA Children’s Ministry Conferences

He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God…” — Psalm 78:5-7


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Vision

Our covenant theology makes our approach to ministering to children unique. In the Bible, God promises to establish His people, and in response, we are commanded to teach our children that our hope doesn’t lie in what we do or don’t do, our hope is in Jesus. As we seek to impart these truths to our children, it can be easy to forget how important our task is. In the grind of ministry, we can feel alone and forget how God is using our efforts.

We want to invite you to an Established Conference, to encourage and equip you to minister to the smallest in your congregation. Whether you are a volunteer, a staff person, or a parent, we want to remind you that God sees what you are doing, and you are not alone. God promises that He will continue the good work He has begun, and He has called CDM to partner with your church to make disciples of the next generation. Will you join us?

At this conference, you will have the opportunity to attend interactive workshops on:

  • Recruiting, Training And Retaining Your Volunteers
  • Raising Sexually Faithful Kids
  • Child Safety Policy Development
  • Special Needs Training To Fit Your Church’s Needs
  • Classroom Management
  • Reaching Out To Your Community’s Children
  • Gospel-Centered Parenting
    …and much more

Who should attend an ESTABLISHED conference?

  • Children’s Bible Teachers, Sunday School Teachers, and Classroom helpers
  • Children’s Ministry Directors and Staff
  • Church Leadership
  • Parents
  • Youth Helpers
  • Nursery Coordinators
  • …and anyone willing to be more involved in “telling the next generation!”

Special Training from:

  • Kevin DeYoung, Pastor of Christ Covenant
  • Tim Geiger, President of Harvest USA
  • Deborah Harrell, Serge
  • Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator
  • Sue Jakes, CDM Children’s Ministry Coordinator
  • Steve Collins, Director of Adults Protecting Children
  • Ashley Belknap, Engaging Disability with the Gospel
  • B.A. Snider, Marketing Director/Great Commission Publications
  • CDM’s Children’s Ministry Team

Pre-Conference Training and Individual Appointments on Friday Afternoon:

CM 101 Children’s Ministry Training – Friday 3-6 pm. – This 3-hour workshop is designed to review the entire CM101 resource book with an emphasis on how to start, develop and maintain a vibrant children’s ministry. Everything from parental support, recruiting and keeping volunteers to teacher training and community outreach will be included. There will be time to ask questions as you are directed to people and resources that will help strengthen your local church’s ministry to children.

Individual Appointments – You will have the opportunity to register for a one-hour appointment with one of the following team members. These will be on a first-registered basis and we will let you know the time of your appointment between 3-6 pm.

  • Ashley Belknap and Kristen Harnly, Engaging Disability with the Gospel
  • Steve Collins, Child Safety Policy Consultant
  • Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator
  • B.A. Snider, Great Commission Publications

Schedule

FRIDAY

  • 3:00-6:00 pm – ESTABLISHED: Children’s Ministry 101  – Sue Jakes and Becky Sinclair Spend the afternoon reviewing the new book by this title, unpacking all the basics of beginning, developing and sustaining ministry to children in your local congregation.
  • 3:00-6:00 pm – Individual Appointments Register for a one-hour appointment with:
    • Browse Bookstore and Exhibits
  • 6:30-8:30 pm – Dinner and Opening Session: “Psalm 78 – The Great Value of Ministry to Children” – Rev. Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor of Christ Covenant
  • 8:30-9:30 pm – Dessert Social – Visit Exhibits and Bookstore

SATURDAY

  • 8:00-8:30 am – Continental Breakfast
  • 8:45-9:30 am – Introductions, Instructions and A Charge for the Day:  “Psalm 78: The Great Hope that is Ours” – Sue Jakes, CDM’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator
  • 9:40-10:40 am – Workshop Session #1
  • 10:40-11:00 am – Break
  • 11:00-Noon – Workshop Session #2
  • Noon – Lunch and Panel Discussion
  • 12:45-1:45 pm – Workshop Session #3
  • 2:00-2:30 pm – Closing Session: “Psalm 78:  Established – THE Covenant Promise” – Dr. Stephen Estock, CDM’s Coordinator of Discipleship Ministries

Workshops

WORKSHOPS – SESSION #1

  • Child Sexual Abuse in the Church: Its Prevalence and Prevention (Steve Collins) – We will look at the prevalence of child sexual abuse in the church and what steps can be taken to protect children. Participants will receive valuable resources that will help in writing and implementing child protection policies and procedures.
  • Creative storytelling (Jan Bos) – God’s story, found in His Word, is the greatest story ever told! By using everyday objects and activities to tell stories creatively, the gospel will be both bite-sized and memorable for kids. Participants will come away with an understanding of the importance of quality storytelling and several ideas to implement in their own context.
  • Special Needs: Ministering to the Whole Family (Ashley Belknap) – We will explore ways to foster spiritual, emotional, and relational growth for every child. We will also focus on ways to help parents and siblings be able to worship and grow through various ministries of the church. We’ll look not only at how families living with disability need the church but also how the church needs them.
  • Staffing Children’s Ministry: Recruit, Recognize and Retain! (Bethany Belue) – Do you struggle with recruiting volunteers for your ministries to families and children? You are not alone! In this session, we will break down the challenges of recruiting and retaining volunteer teams and share creative solutions, suggest ways to recognize service, and offer encouragement for this vital aspect of your ministry.
  • Gospel-Centered Parenting (Stephen Estock) – Let’s explore how the good news of what Christ has done (and IS doing in the lives of parents and children) gives you freedom from the chains of parenting according to the shifting sands of contemporary culture. We will consider principles that you can convey as you interact with parents in your congregation.
  • Raising Sexually Faithful Kids (Tim Geiger) – Children of all ages are exposed to sexualized images and messages as they interact with the world around them. Beyond that, each child possesses a heart that Scripture tells us is deceptively wicked—and will no doubt tempt them to misuse God’s good gifts of sex and sexuality. How can parents shepherd their children’s hearts well? This workshop gives strategies for understanding your child’s heart and temptation, as well as ways to help them turn from sin and to honor Christ with their minds and bodies.
  • How to Give the Gospel to Children: Getting to the Heart of the Matter (Deborah Harrell) – Recognize the ditches of unbelief we fall into as parents and teachers, the importance of molding belief versus behavior, and how to find Jesus and the Gospel in every Bible Story.

WORKSHOPS – SESSION #2

  • Classroom Management: A Gospel-Centered Understanding of Behavior (Ashley Belknap) – At the heart of our discussion will be understanding what behaviors communicate and how we can positively support children with challenging behaviors so that they are better understood, enfolded into the classroom, and as a result, better able to learn the content of Scripture.
  • Curriculum with a Scope and Sequence: From Diapers to Diplomas (B.A. Snider) – A discussion of the importance of scope and sequence not just in Sunday school but all through your children’s ministry, church and home.
  • Engaging Pre-Schoolers (Bethany Belue) – Leading and loving Pre-Schoolers in worship and play is a crucial piece of Children’s Ministry. This workshop will discuss helpful hints for engaging and discipling our younger church body.
  • Explaining LGBTQ and Sexual Identity to your Children (Tim Geiger) – Children experience the confusing dynamics of “non-straight” sexual and gender identities in school, in the media, and in the culture at large. How can parents clearly understand these terms and identities? How can they then explain them to their children in ways that will both cultivate a biblical worldview of sex and gender, and enable their children to exercise discernment? That’s what Tim Geiger, author of Explaining LGBTQ+ Identity to Your Child will cover in this workshop.
  • Infusing Gospel Hope through Intergenerational Relationships in the Church (Mary Elizabeth Haynes) – Creating life-giving intergenerational relationships in the church is essential for every generation to flourish in faith and life. This seminar will provide practical and proven ways to connect the generations in your church.
  • Our Theology Makes a Difference: Why Covenant Theology Changes the Way we Teach (Sue Jakes) – How does Reformed and Covenantal theology define our ministry to children? From foundational principles to basic teaching methods, let’s compare typical children’s ministries to what we should be expecting as we seek to make kingdom disciples.
  • Training Children in Worship (Becky Sinclair) – God calls us to worship Him in all that we do. How do we include covenant children in that practice both at home and at church? How do we help them become worshippers in Spirit and in Truth? What are practical ways the church can train children for worship and equip and empower parents to lead family worship and disciple children in their homes and at church?

WORKSHOPS – SESSION #3

  • All Together: Teaching the Bible to Children of all Abilities and Learning Styles (Ashley Belknap) – This workshop will focus on strategies for the whole classroom: how to read and effectively reinforce the Bible story, methods for breaking down content, and ways to stretch attention spans. You will walk away with the tools you need to teach all levels of ability in the same classroom without compromising what our children need most, God’s Word.
  • Child Sexual Abuse in the Church: Its Prevalence and Prevention (Steve Collins) – We will look at the prevalence of child sexual abuse in the church and what steps can be taken to protect children. Participants will receive valuable resources that will help in writing and implementing child protection policies and procedures.
  • Coming Alongside Parents: Connecting the Home and the Church (Sue Jakes) – What are the best methods of encouraging and equipping your families in their discipleship journeys? This workshop will talk about the importance of healthy communication between home and church as well as practical tips to help make it happen.
  • How to Give the Gospel to Children: Getting to the Heart of the Matter (Deborah Harrell) – Recognize the ditches of unbelief we fall into as parents and teachers, the importance of molding belief versus behavior, and how to find Jesus and the Gospel in every Bible Story.
  • Nursery Age Appropriate Discipleship (B.A. Snider) – Teaching in the nursery is sometimes the last thing on our mind. This workshop will talk about why we should be disciplining children from a young age, but also specific ways to teach children from the time they enter the nursery ministry.
  • Raising Sexually Faithful Kids: (Tim Geiger) – Children of all ages are exposed to sexualized images and messages as they interact with the world around them. Beyond that, each child possesses a heart that Scripture tells us is deceptively wicked—and will no doubt tempt them to misuse God’s good gifts of sex and sexuality. How can parents shepherd their children’s hearts well? This workshop gives strategies for understanding your child’s heart and temptation, as well as ways to help them turn from sin and to honor Christ with their minds and bodies.
  • Soul Care in the Midst of Ministry (Stephen Estock) – You spend hours preparing your kids’ lessons and taking care of details to make the programming run smoothly, but what about your own soul? How do you make your walk with Christ a priority?

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