Children's Ministry Local Training | Special Sauce

3 Basic Ingredients for a Jesus-Centered Children’s Ministry

3 Basic Ingredients for a
Jesus-Centered Children’s Ministry

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How can you equip your team to disciple the newest generation of Jesus-followers?

Perhaps we don’t need cutting-edge technology, scripted productions, or better behavior control. Instead, let’s remember and re-embrace Jesus’ basic instructions that have been there all along.

Group’s Children’s Ministry Local Training is a half-day event packed with practical, hands-on takeaways that’ll equip and inspire your whole team!

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What You’ll Learn

Group’s Children’s Ministry Local Training will help you zero in on how to build a ministry focused on what Jesus says matters most and explore how to help a new generation love God with all their heart, soul, and mind.

Discover how embracing emotion helps to cement learning.

Discover how embracing emotion helps to cement learning.

See kids as Jesus sees them—not as behaviors to control, but people to love.

See kids as Jesus sees them—not as behaviors to control, but people to love.

Design a fearless ministry environment for kids and families

Infuse your ministry with experiential learning that gets kids thinking and keeps them engaged.

Who Should Attend?

Have a heart for children’s ministry? Then you’re invited! Everyone involved in ministry from nursery to preteen will benefit from this dynamic half-day event. It’s a perfect event for your entire team.

Children's Ministry Leader

Ministry Leaders

If you lead an entire children’s or family ministry—or just a part—you’ll gain a new vision for transforming your ministry.

Sunday School Teacher

Sunday School Teachers

If you have the amazing privilege of teaching children of any age, you’ll learn creative ways to bring the Word of God to life for children.

Children's Ministry Volunteer

Ministry Volunteers

If you serve in children’s ministry in any way, you’ll experience new ideas that’ll help you lead kids closer to Jesus every day.

And anyone else with a
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for children’s ministry

Real Stories of Transformation


Half-day workshop from
8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Join us to build lasting relationships with Jesus and others.

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Registration and Resources

Doors are open and the coffee’s hot! Come early, connect with friends, and check out the newest resources from Group.

9:0010:30 a.m.

Session 1

10:3011:00 a.m.


11:0012:30 p.m.

Session 2

Budget-Friendly Training for Your Entire Team

Best of all, Group’s Children’s Ministry Local Training is affordable and local, so everyone on your team can attend.

Early Bird

Up to 14 days prior to event

1 to 4 people
5 to 9 people
10 or more people


1-13 days prior to event

1 to 4 people
5 to 9 people
10 or more people


Day of event

1 to 4 people
5 to 9 people
10 or more people
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Dates & Locations

Secret Sauce will be coming to over 60+ locations from coast to coast. Check back frequently to discover new locations near you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

We use our R.E.A.L. approach to training, which means it will be hands-on, you’ll try things that you can apply right away, and you’ll end up retaining over 70% of what you learn. We also create an environment where you’ll learn from each other. All of this will be taught by training pros who aren’t reading from a script, but practicing what they preach.

We’ll spend time together in God’s Word as we explore Jesus’ teaching and grow friendship with God and each other. Specifically, we’ll dig in to Matthew 22:37-39. “Jesus replied, ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Thanks for your honesty. No, it is not a big infomercial. You don’t need to use our VBS, curriculum, or resources to attend. We will have resources that you can purchase and explore, however.

You will leave with practical takeaways that you can implement immediately.

This training works for 1 person, 2 people, or teams of 20. That’s why experiential learning is so powerful! Teams will walk away being on the same page, fired up to help kids grow closer to Jesus. And don’t forget to bring future team members! This is a wonderful opportunity to invite someone you can see serving in children’s ministry. Bring them and watch how they get excited. This is an AMAZING volunteer recruitment tool.

Come casual and comfortable. No ties or formal wedding dresses required…that's a joke.

If you have a circumstance where you can’t attend that involves death or natural disaster, we will give you your money back. For other circumstances where you choose not to attend, you may substitute someone in your place at any time.

We LOVE kids! However, this event is for Children’s Ministry leaders only, so you can be ready to serve kids in your ministry. Please find someone who can hang out with your child(ren) at home so you can participate freely at the training.

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