CDM Discipleship Ministries Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:55:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Naples- Speakers Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:44:52 +0000

Stephen Estock

StephenCoordinator of CDM

Responsible to the General Assembly for the ministry of CDM. Works to promote discipleship ministry throughout the PCA by connecting leaders with each other and with resources designed “to equip the saints for the work of ministry.” (Eph. 4:12) Develops resources, conducts training, and consults with members of presbyteries and local churches across the denomination.

Sue Jakes

SueChildren’s Ministry Coordinator

Oversees the effort of CDM to connect and equip those who serve in discipleship ministry to children. Develops and reviews resources to help those who work with children and youth. Conducts training for church leaders, staff, and volunteers.

Danny Mitchell

DannyYouth Ministry Coordinator

Coordinates the effort of CDM to network local church youth leaders and provide resources and training for those who serve in youth ministry. Reviews resources, conducts training, and provides job placement assistance for youth ministry workers.

Karen Hodge

KarenWomen’s Ministry Coordinator

Works to promote discipleship ministry among women in the PCA. Coordinates the efforts of regional leaders and trainers to plan events, develop resources, and connect those who serve at the presbytery and local church level. Consults with church leaders to develop a vital ministry to women in the PCA.

B.A. Snider

BAChildren’s Ministry Program Specialist

Assists the Children’s Ministries Coordinator by providing assistance in the areas of resource development, training, communications, and conferences. Consults with and conducts training in local churches to equip those who serve in the ministry of discipleship to children.

Steve Collins

Steve2The founder and Executive Director of Adults Protecting Children, Inc.

After 17 years with Mission to the World, the mission agency of the Presbyterian Church in America, Mr. Collins resigned to start this nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in November of 2009. Adults Protecting Children is committed to the training of adults and organizations in how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the sexual abuse of children.

Mr. Collins is a Certified Facilitator for Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children, an adult-focused prevention training course. He is also a Certified Instructor for Darkness to Light, giving him the credentials to certify facilitators to teach the Stewards of Children materials. He serves as a regional coordinator for the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy in their statewide child sexual abuse prevention initiative.  Mr. Collins is a Georgia Bright From the Start Specialty Trainer, which allows him to provide trainings for licensed daycare workers across Georgia.In addition to his work on a statewide basis in Georgia, Mr. Collins provides resources and consultation services for churches and private schools in how to write and implement child protection policies.

Stephanie Hubach

StephanieMission to North America’s Special Needs Ministries Director

Mission to North America (MNA) is a Permanent Committee of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). She also currently serves on the Lancaster Christian Council on Disability (LCCD). Steph is the author of Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability (P&R Publishing, September 2006) and All Things Possible: Calling Your Church Leadership to Disability Ministry (Joni and Friends, August 2007). She has been published in ByFaith magazine, Focus on the Family magazine, and Breakpoint online magazine and produced a Christian Education DVD series based on Same Lake, Different Boat. Steph and her husband Fred-who is an engineer with Case New Holland-have been married for 31 years. They have two deeply loved sons: Fred and Tim, the younger of whom has Down syndrome. The Hubachs added a wonderful daughter-in-law to the family in June 2013 when Cecelia Miles and Fred were married.

Mike Kendrick

mike-2Life Stages Pastor at Covenant Church of Naples

He is married to Sherry, the Children’s Ministry Director. Mike and Sherry met and were childhood sweethearts and have been married 31 years and have spent their lives partnering together as a couple, as parents, and in ministry.

Sherry Kendrick

sherry-2Children’s Ministry Director at Covenant Church of Naples

She has lived in Naples for 27 years. Sherry joined the Covenant staff as Children’s Ministry Director in June 2010. She has a degree in elementary education from East Tennessee State University and over 24 years of experience in Christian education, children’s ministry and public school elementary education. Sherry and her husband Mike both serve on the staff at Covenant. They have 3 children.

Bob Petterson

bob-2Senior Pastor at Covenant Church of Naples

He has been at Covenant since the fall of 2002. He and his wife, Joyce, moved to Naples from New York City, where he was the East Coast President of Mastermedia International, a ministry to film and television executives in Hollywood and New York City. Bob earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1974 and received his doctorate from Fuller Seminary in 1985.

Barksdale Pullen

barksdaleMinister of Community Life at Wildwood Church (PCA) in suburban Tallahassee, Florida

He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Mississippi, his Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Educational Studies from Trinity International University. Ordained in the PCA, Barksdale has also served as the Minister of Children’s Discipleship at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and Pastor of Children’s Ministry at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO. Other Christian education experience includes participating in regional teacher training.

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Naples Workshops Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:57:28 +0000

Workshop Session I

Developing Officers to Be Competent Shepherdswith Stephen Estock
Leadership development takes various forms in the life of the church. Some leaders want to be more than a board of directors, but are unsure how to get there. This interactive seminar will consider what goes into making an elder or deacon competent in the area of shepherding the people of God.

The Essential Storytellerwith Bob Petterson
When we tell someone else a story, we give information.  When it becomes our story, we impart inspiration.  But it’s not until it becomes the listener’s story that there is transformation.  Most teaching is informational.  Occasionally, it becomes inspirational.  Seldom is it transformational.  Unless we learn how to tell the greatest story ever told in a transformational way, we will never see transformation.

The Tapestry of Biblical Womanhoodwith Karen Hodge
This time will be set aside to marvel at the beautiful complementary plan and purpose for womanhood. We will seek to be comforted by the big knots that hold life and relationships together. We will hope to be encouraged by the variegated threads that highlight the unity and diversity of God’s design for woman.

Engaging Teenagers With the Word of Godwith Danny Mitchell
Youth ministry is sometimes portrayed as a “games and pizza” ministry. However, every disciple making youth ministry takes teaching God’s Word seriously. This seminar is for anyone who wants to more effectively teach Bible studies, small groups, or Sunday school to teenagers.

How the Children’s Ministry can Reach out to Your Communitywith Barksdale Pullen
Beyond Sunday School and VBS, how can the Children’s Ministry of your church reach out to the surrounding community effectively?

Recruiting, Training and Keeping Volunteerswith B.A. Snider
Children’s Ministry requires more help than one can imagine and there are never enough new and encouraging ideas!

Disability 101: What’s in Your Worldview?with Stephanie Hubach
Our worldview influences how we look at, well, our world! What ideas do we bring to the subject of disability that mirror our culture’s values more than they reflect a biblical perspective? How do I bring the Gospel to bear in this area?

Sexual abuse in the church…is your ministry prepared?with 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.

Workshop Session II

The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be (The Malaise That Traumatizes)with Bob Palmer

Fostering a Culture of Gospel-Centered Parentingwith Stephen Estock
Young parents often look to the church for advice on how to raise their children. This seminar will explore how you can help the parents of your congregation relate to their children in the context of the gospel and from the foundation of a mother and father’s relationship with God.

Providing Christian Carewith Mike Kendrick
The Apostle Paul wrote “Carry each other’s burdens and you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  What does it mean to walk with a friend through a difficult chapter in life?  In this seminar we will discuss important topics such as being a good listener, providing true  empathy, and pointing our friends to Christ the true Caregiver.

The Titus 2 Opportunitywith Karen Hodge
Spiritual mothering comes in all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately there is no easy formula or prescriptive ministry plan to accomplish this objective. We will explore the joys and challenges of creating life on life discipleship between older and younger women.

Theological Foundations for Children’s Ministrywith Barksdale Pullen
Most of us are drawn to children’s ministry because of our love and concern for children. However, how many of us have really looked deeply into God’s Word to see value He places on children’s ministry?

Modeling Biblical Manhood for the Next Generationwith Danny Mitchell
From the moment that Adam took the fruit from Eve and ate, God’s design for manhood has been under attack. This seminar will build a scriptural foundation for biblical manhood; investigate some of the cultural voices that work against biblical manhood and attempt to provide applications to help your church redeem biblical manhood from a fallen world.

Teaching the Bible to Children with Great Expectations!with Sue Jakes
Consistent teaching of the Word should produce transformed lives. How do we train our teachers so that they expect their lessons to be life-changing?

Easy Ways to Help Special Needs Children in Sunday Schoolwith Sherry Hendrick
There are many easy accommodations and strategies that can make our special needs children more comfortable and successful in our children’s ministry classrooms.  This seminar will help teachers learn these accommodations and how to use them.

Sexual abuse in the church…is your ministry prepared?with 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.

Workshop Session III

Ministering to the Next Generation of Retireeswith Mike Kendrick
are we capturing the ministry passions of the next generation of retirees?  The fastest growing demographic in our churches is the retiring baby boomers and they are eager to serve.  In this seminar we will discuss some of the characteristics of baby boomers and ways to mobilize them for service in God’s kingdom.

Love as a Lifestylewith Bob Petterson
Ravi Zacharias asked the question, “How do we reach a generation that listens with its eyes?”  2000 years ago, Jesus gave the answer:  Live a gospel that can be seen with the eyes.  In John 13:34-35, Jesus shows us by describing the original L word.  Like the letter L, love has a vertical and horizontal line.  Lose either, and L ceases to exist.  Without the L, there can be no love.

Tips and Tools for Women’s Ministrywith Karen Hodge
This session will seek to offer practical tips and tools for building not only a healthy women’s ministry, but more importantly a healthy church.  Bring your ideas to offer, your concerns to share, and your questions to be answered.

Q&A For Youth Ministry Leaderswith Danny Mitchell
Sharing your successes and struggles in ministry to the youth of the church should be an encouragement: “iron sharpening iron.”

Translating Perspective into Practice: Getting Disability Ministry Started in Your Local Congregationwith Stephanie Hubach
How do you actually begin a disability ministry in your church? What is the ministry’s purpose and role in congregational life? What are the biblical principles on which it needs to be founded?  What process do you need to follow? Who needs to be involved? And more…

Starting and Evaluating a Children’s MinistrySherry Kendrick
Using an action flow plan, we will learn how to include the call of the gospel, the content of the Bible, the context of the church, the community of believers and the importance of celebrations in any children’s ministry.  This tool can help you start or evaluate your current program without being overwhelming!

It Takes a Covenantwith B.A. Snider
Understanding God’s covenant promise to his people is important at the youngest age.  How do we communicate this Gospel truth to our children?

Kids in Servicewith Sue Jakes
True Discipleship produces Kingdom servants. What can we begin to do in our ministry to children that will train every child for a life of service to King Jesus?

The Leaves Are Off the TreesBob Palmer

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PCA Children’s Ministry Newsletter Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:34:25 +0000
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The PCA Children’s Ministry e-Newsletter is sent out bi-monthly and is meant to connect ministry leaders with resources, tips, conference info, and each other.

Previous Editions:

If you’re interested in receiving this e-letter click here to be added to our Children’s Ministry mailing list.

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2015 Women’s Leadership Training Conference Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:39:47 +0000

Save the date for this year’s conference!

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Connect Facebook Groups Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:35:28 +0000

These groups are a place for PCA ministry leaders and volunteers to connect and encourage one another as we seek to glorify God. To join a group click on “Join this Group” button and then click the “Join” button in the top right of the Facebook group page.

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Kid’s Worship Worksheet Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:00:24 +0000

Worship is something God calls all of his people to do, but sometimes it’s hard for young children to sit through a worship service when they don’t really understand what’s going on. This two-sided worksheet and sticker set was created to aide parents in training their children about worship and is to be used in conjunction with your church’s printed worship bulletin.  Each sheet can be used week after week and be wiped clean for the next Sunday. Each set includes 1 laminated worksheet, 13 sticker strips, and a wax pencil. The set comes with enough stickers for a child to use for 13 weeks, then additional stickers can be ordered a la carte. (Recommended for children ages 4–7.)

Complete Kit (12101) | Sticker Refills (12202)

To preview the worksheet click here.

Order a Kit!
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Connect Children’s Ministry Conference-Asheville Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:47:53 +0000
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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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Register Now!

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.)


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


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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Connect Discipleship Conference-Flowood Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:10:43 +0000
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August 15-16, 2014

Lakeland Presbyterian Church

Flowood, MS

This conference is for Parents!

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Register Now!

Register and pay with the link above. Please indicate how many and what age children will need childcare, so the church can staff appropriately. (All conference registration is done through Lakeland Presbyterian Church. If you have questions contact them through email or at 601.992.2448)


The cost is $30 per couple or $15 for a single. (We strongly encourage couples to attend together, but we know that is not always possible.) This price includes the meal on Friday evening for attendees and their children, light breakfast Saturday morning, childcare for newborn–6th grade for all sessions on both days, and all conference materials. There may be books and other resources available at an extra cost.


Friday, August 15

(Nursery & Childcare Provided)

  • 5:30 pm—Catered Dinner provided in the Family Life Center
  • 6:30 pm—Gospel Centered Parenting with Dr. Stephen Estock (Understanding who our children are and what the gospel brings to each one of us as parents)
  • 7:45 pm—Children and the Covenant of Grace with Sue Jakes (Passing on a way of life that is promised to the people of God)
  • 8:45 pm—Dismissed

Saturday, August 16

(Nursery & Childcare Provided)

  • 8:30 am—Fellowship and Light Breakfast, Juice & Coffee
  • 9:00 am—Biblical Discipline: Give Me Grace! With Dr. Stephen Estock and Sue Jakes (Why and how are we instructed in God’s word to discipline our children)
  • 10:15 am—Deuteronomy 6: A Plan Designed to Work with Sue Jakes (God’s plan made practical for everyday child-training)
  • 11:15 am—Parenting in a Lifestyle of Worship with Dr. Stephen Estock (Modeling true worship at home, church, and as you live)
  • 12:00 pm—Dismissed

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Connect Children’s Ministry Training—Gulfport Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:30:27 +0000
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August 2, 2014


First Presbyterian

Gulfport, MS

This training is for Children’s Ministry Leaders & Teachers.

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CDM will be doing a Children’s Ministry Training at First Presbyterian of Gulfport. They have opened it up to Children’s Ministry leaders and teachers in Grace Presbytery, the Gulfport region, or just anyone wanting to make a trip to Gulfport to attend! There is no registration or cost for this training. For more information contact Rev. Drew Jones, Assistant Minister (First Presbyterian Church), or 228.863.2664.

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PCA Directors of Women’s Ministry Gathering Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:57:33 +0000
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Time set aside for Equipping and Encouragement


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to collaborate, fellowship and learn together with women who serve as Women’s Ministry Directors in the denomination. In addition to having time to just enjoy one another and celebrate God’s grace in our lives, we will have the privilege of hearing from others in our ministry field who have a rich heritage of experience to share. Their lives and ministry history will inform and inspire us in our own sphere of influence.

This gathering is for all paid PCA Directors of Women’s Ministry (full-time and part-time).


  • Atlanta, Georgia

Dates &Times:

  • Monday, October 27—1pm to 9pm (includes dinner)
  • Tuesday, October 28—All day (includes lunch and dinner)
  • Wednesday, October 29—8am to Noon


  • Single Room Option: $350
  • Double Room Option: $235
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