Connect Children’s Ministry Conference-Asheville

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SEP 19-20, 2014

Trinity Presbyterian Church

Asheville, NC

This conference is for Children’s Ministry Staff, Teachers, Parents, & Volunteers.

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REGISTRATION:

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Register and pay with the link above. The registration deadline is Friday, September 19. If you have any questions about this conference contact Sue Jakes (CDM) or Elaine Bonner (Trinity Pres.)

COST:

  • $10 for Friday Dinner
  • $35 for Saturday (includes lunch and conference materials)

SCHEDULE:

Friday, September 19

  • 6:30–8:30 pm—Dinner with with round table discussions about Children’s Ministry and a Q&A time featuring Dr. Stephen Estock, Coordinator of CDM and Sue Jakes, CDM’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator.

Saturday, September 20

  • 8:30–9:00 am—Registration (Enjoy coffee, shop the PCA Bookstore)
  • 9:00–9:30 am—Opening Session (Music, introductions, and Sue Jakes, CDM Children’s Ministry Coordinator—Connecting our Children to the Gospel)
  • 9:40–10:40 am—Workshop Session I
  • 10:50–11:50 am—Workshop Session II
  • 12:00–1:15 pm—Lunch, Featured Panel, and Round Table Discussions
  • 1:20–2:20 pm—Workshop Session III
  • 2:20–2:40 pm—Closing Session (Dr. Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator—How is Your Church Ministering to Future Leaders?)
  • 2:45–3:00 pm—Last chance to shop the PCA Bookstore

Workshop Session I (9:40–10:40 am)

  • The Nursery—Mercy Ministry at its Best (B.A. Snider)
    • It is never too early to set an atmosphere of God’s loving promises for our children. What are the details that need to be attended to so that the very first experiences lead our children to Christ?
  • Training Children and Families in Worship (Stephen Estock)
    • We are a people called to worship the King.  What are we doing in the ministry or our local churches to train our children and families to become true worshippers?
  • Sexual abuse in the church…is your ministry prepared? (Steve Collins)
    • In this seminar you will learn about the prevalence of child sexual abuse in the church and what every church needs to know to prevent, recognize and react responsibly. You will also be made aware of   mandated reporter laws that requires all church staff AND volunteers to report any suspicion of child abuse.
  • Training, Encouraging and Keeping Volunteers  (Elaine Bonner)
    • Learn from the best in “the business” how to build and strengthen your team of children’s teachers and helper.
  • How to Teach a Bible Lesson (Ellen Kay McGuire)
    • Learn from an experienced teacher how to best communicate God’s word to all of God’s children.

Workshop Session II (10:50–11:50 am)

  • Gospel Centered Parenting  (Stephen Estock)
    • Training the Parents in our church to raise up their children in the Lord may take a different turn if we truly understand the Gospel and its power in our lives and theirs.  Let’s take a look at how we tend to follow the rules of parenting without the Gospel and then take a closer look at what true Christian parenting should be.
  • VBS From Start to Finish  (B.A. Snider)
    • A detailed look at the why, what, how, when, and where of an age-old summer ministry that can still work to evangelize, disciple and reach out to children everywhere.
  • Preparing a Life Changing Bible Lesson  (Sue Jakes)
    • Preparing to teach God’s Word should be life-changing for you as a teacher.  When that happens you can begin to expect the Spirit to teach through you in a new and powerful way!
  • Sexual abuse in the church…is your ministry prepared?  (Steve Collins)
    • In this seminar you will learn about the prevalence of child sexual abuse in the church and what every church needs to know to prevent, recognize and react responsibly. You will also be made aware of  mandated reporter laws that require all church staff AND volunteers to report any suspicion of child abuse.
  • In the Classroom with Special Needs  (Kate Gregory)
    • How to help children with disabilities manage fears and emotions in a Sunday school classroom.

Workshop Session III (1:20–2:20 pm)

  • Preschool Bible Teaching (B.A.  Snider)
    • One is never too young for sound theology.  How we prepare Bible lessons, activities and music are building the foundation for a life-long world view.
  • Why Are you involved in Children’ Ministry anyway?  (Skip Gilikin)
    • A theological motivation for Children’s ministry from Deuteronomy 6 and Psalm 78.
  • The Importance of Relationships in Teaching  (Melanie Wilkins)
    • We lead our children into a relationship with Jesus by modeling a special relationship with each of them.
  • Ministry to Children Through Ministry by Children  (Sue Jakes)
    • An examination of the biblical model for growing disciples through participation in ministry & use of spiritual gifts.
  • Backyard Bible Clubs  (Anne Jensen)
    • Everything you need to know for a success outreach program for the children of your church’s community.
  • How to Share the Gospel with Children   (Ellen Kay McGuire)
    • Making sure that our children hear and understand the Gospel message should be a priority in every classroom and ministry activity in our programs.
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