Pause: Gaining Clarity for Your Life and Work: Cathy Dyck PAUSE is back from last year’s conference in a longer format. Life in ministry demands your best. This is no small task given how fast the spaces on the calendar fill up with responsibilities, obligations and opportunities. How can you maintain your vision? How can you keep your heart from shrinking amidst all the demands? How can you ensure that you’re spending your time on what matters most and where you make your best contribution? This leadership lab will give you practical tools for establishing healthy consistent practices which will allow you to live and lead out of the best of who you are in your work, and in your personal life.
The Changing Landscape of Gender and Sexuality in this Generation: Reg Froese Pastors and ministry leaders can often feel overwhelmed or under equipped in ministry in the areas of sexuality, gender, and identity. This session will bring greater knowledge, clarity, and hope to these sensitive, controversial, and often confusing topics. After describing the current state of the culture's belief system on sexuality, this session will lay out a strong and relevant Christian message about sexuality and identity. It will then provide fresh frameworks through which to engage more effectively and lovingly with people in the areas of sexuality and identity. It will also practically demonstrate how pastors and leaders can both engage in relationship and minister well to people affected by broken sexuality, gender, and identity.
Stop Using Volunteers and Start Developing Leaders: A Strategy for Getting it All Done: Dan Doerksen There are an endless number of good things we can do in ministry, but we just don’t have the capacity to do it all. Often, it can feel like we’re struggling to meet the constant expectations to do more and to do it better. But what if we didn’t have to do it all ourselves? What if we could lead beyond our capacity and tap into the leadership potential of our volunteers and others in our churches? In this learning lab, we’ll walk through a step-by-step process for identifying and developing leaders, building teams, and learning how to manage our time to accomplish more with and through others.
Beyond Classroom Management: Lori Myers Attentive, well-behaved children sound like a teacher’s dream. But could this goal fall short of achieving something more important— training in righteousness? Let’s consider effective correction that connects heart attitudes with behavior. Our goal is not simply well-behaved children but children who joyfully submit to God.
KidUnique: Cathy Dyck What gives us the most traction in the lives of the kids we care about is the relationship we build with them, because when we have relationship we have influence, and when we have influence we can have positive impact. Regardless of our role we all have a kid in our life that we care about. Toddler or teenager, each one of them has gifts and talents and strengths that need to be discovered and lived into. Whether you are looking at kids through the eyes of a ministry leader/volunteer or a parent, this workshop will both encourage and challenge you to bring your best to your relationship with them. Along the way you’ll get practical tools to help them figure out who they are and who they are meant to be.
Leading Children in God-Centered Worship: Lori Myers Leading worship, or just singing songs? This seminar reviews what Scripture says about worshiping "in spirit and in truth," involving both a child’s heart and head, and invites audience participation as it addresses topics related to leading children in worship: structuring and planning age-appropriate worship times, selecting songs, using instruments and movement, encouraging leadership in children, and more.
Making the Curriculum Connection: Chris Laing In this session, Chris will be presenting several different curricula as well as offering a time of question and answer to help you in your “How To’s” for Children’s Ministry. With Children and Pre-teen ministry experience, a husband and father of 2 children, Chris has a heart for the spiritual growth of children.
Talk Good: How to Teach Kids Effectively: Brian Kauste When it comes to teaching, how you communicate is almost as important as what you are teaching. God’s Word is full of truth and hope, action and adventure. Our challenge is to make it memorable and relevant. This session will give you practical ways to communicate effectively with kids and yes, flannel boards can STILL be an option!
Reading the Bible for Yourself: Linda Unruh We all have days, and even seasons in life when we need to hear from God. This was Linda Unruh’s experience when she was challenged to a fresh way to engage in God’s Word. It was more than just gaining Bible knowledge. The cumulative effect over time was life-changing. Do you find it hard to pick up your Bible? Learn simple tools that will bring Scriptures to life. Experience how Jesus can transform you daily. This simple approach has the potential to change your life, and the people in your circle of influence!
Creating Environments Where Every Child Can Succeed: Lorraine Kehler Developing a classroom that encourages Christ-like character, a sense of safety and belonging are crucial foundations to bringing God’s Word and truths to the hearts of the children you work with each week. In this session Lorraine will provide opportunities to share, learn and support each other through the challenge of managing behaviour, motivating learners and working at creating meaningful connections with the children that come across your path in Children’s Ministry.
Preschool Ministry 101: Tina Kauste and Bob Fewings Our smallest friends have minds filled with wonder and lots of energy! Our job is to engage them with God’s message of love at their level, with lots of fun and interaction. We’ll look at some best practices of Preschool Ministry by outlining a typical morning in our environment. We’ll discuss safe place policies, physical space, program planning and implementing, as well as equipping communicators and volunteers. Whew! That’s a lots of ground to cover, but these precious ones are totally worth it!
Building Lasting Relationships with Students: Enaka Melanson The insights and wisdom Enaka brings to this workshop comes from her hands on experience as a small group leader for over 19 years in both children’s and youth ministry at The Meeting Place. She approaches her role with a solid conviction that the relationship that small group leaders and Sunday school teachers build with their kids is crucial. But how do you build relationship if you can’t even get the kids to sit still for 5 mins, let alone listen to a word you, or anyone else, is saying? Join Enaka in chatting about real life challenges and come away with practical tools that will help you develop solid relationships with the kids in your care as you help them discover the God who loves them.
The Church Partnering With Parents: Kent Martens “Just drop your kids off at church and we’ll fix them!” [said no children’s worker ever.] Most Kid Ministry personnel knows that the family is an important context for faith development. We also experience that working effectively with families is challenging! How do we best partner with parents as we propose to see kids walk as fully devoted followers of Jesus In this interactive session, participants will explore how our ministry efforts are part of the big picture of a kids’ life. We will look at a Biblical foundation for the family and church’s role in faith development. We will discover and discuss how these two powerful, disciple-making entities can be aligned and combined to help kids follow Jesus.