Thirty-two leaders from eleven New England churches met Jan. 21 at the BCNE to participate in a round table discussion focused on how children's ministries can better serve the needs of special needs kids and their families. For more information, check out our page on special needs resources. Another children's ministry round table will take place on June 17. Check kidsmatterkidsministry.com soon for more details.

Collegiate ministers from across New England gathered at the BCNE office in January for their annual day of training and strategic planning. Arliss Dickerson, Leadership Development Consultant for Lifeway Christian Resources, led the training, which was focused on how to have a positive campus ministry presence in a sometimes hostile academic environment.

More than 20 church planters participated in a church planter's orientation day at the BCNE office. Dr. David Jackson helped the planters understand the system the BCNE utilizes to help church plants grow into healthy churches.

Dr. Paul Kim led training at Cambridgeport Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass., on how small churches can grow. Drawing on his 30 years of experience as a pastor, Kim emphasized the need for pastors to build a team, train the team and then empower the team. The meeting was sponsored by the BCNE church planting ministry.