These FREE one-hour sessions on Friday afternoon offer practical, diverse perspectives on a topic. Moderated by a seasoned ministry expert, the sessions feature in-the-trenches children’s and family ministry leaders who have relevant experience and wisdom on the topic. They’re a great place to process training material and share ministry ideas in a casual learning format.
The ever-so-fine balance of being a parent and being in ministry can be something of a moving target. Discuss how to minister to and love your kids effectively just as you love the kids at your church. You can give both your best!
Feeling the Squeeze
Slim budgets and tight quarters are a daunting hurdle in building your ministry to its best. Unpack strategies for maximizing everything you’ve got—space, resources, budget, volunteers, and your own ability to keep thriving in ministry.
The competition for captivation is on—today’s kids and families are busier than ever! Extracurricular activities in sports, bands, clubs, and so much more have families consumed. Tackle ways to ensure time at church and spiritual growth are top priorities for the families in your ministry.
You’re not alone in the unending plea for more volunteers. Discuss techniques for helping your volunteers grow in their Christian maturity to cultivate a more reliable, invested, well-trained, and healthy team.
Are you getting lost in the minutiae—allowing the tedious, pressing “to do’s” to rob you of the joy in children’s ministry? Uncover refreshing, simple guidelines to keeping your spiritual compass always pointed at Jesus and win back your joy.
More Than Babysitting
Your children’s ministry is no babysitter’s club! Grapple with ways to show parents and your entire church how foundational children’s ministry is—establishing a shared vision of why your ministry is needed and where you’re headed.
Parents: Friend or Foe
Checked-out, overbearing, inconsistent, entitled, helpful, involved, caring, invested—just a snapshot of the parents you encounter. Dig into the challenge of ministering to all of them with God’s love in sharp focus. Discuss ways to encourage parents toward spiritual growth.
Summer Programs & VBS
Cannonball into the discussion and share discoveries for making the summer season one that’ll leave kids and families transformed by Jesus! Uncover new ideas for making your church the place kids want to be in the summer.
Team of One—When Ministry Is Lonely
Connect with and hear from others who are in the same position as you, explore ways to thrive in ministry when you’re a team of one, and build a network to take home with you.
Triage for Hurting Families
Whether they’re hurting in the wake of divorce, marital problems, death of a loved one, failed adoptions, foster care challenges, or any other situation, explore how to best offer support for these families.
We Need Kids!
A dynamic, engaging children’s ministry will grow your ministry and your entire church! Discuss strategies for family outreach and how to keep them coming back—all without adding the number game to your aim.
Women in Children’s Ministry
Rediscover your purpose and unique abilities as a woman in children’s ministry. Discuss the common challenges women face and how to overcome them with grace, humility, strength, and stamina.