KIDS MATTER KIDS MINISTRY CONFERENCE

Theme: Kids in the Word

Join us on November 10, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Faith Church in Auburn, MA, as we discover how to be more effective in ministering to kids. In addition to having a special guest speaker, we will offer a variety of workshop sessions, as well as an interactive expo.

Special discount through NOVEMBER 1: use the code K2M210 to get $10 off each registration.

 


Guest Speaker

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Jeffrey Reed has worn many hats in church ministry. Having been in ministry for 30+ years, he has served as a worship pastor, kids pastor, student pastor, family pastor, executive pastor and senior pastor. He went to college in Boston prior to God calling him into ministry in his hometown of Savannah, GA. In 2013, he moved from Dallas to Nashville to become the Director of LifeWay Kids. He currently serves on the Church Partner Team at LifeWay and speaks at churches and events across the country. He lives in Spring Hill, TN, with his wife and four children.


Schedule

8:30 a.m. Registration and Expo

9:30 a.m. Kid’s Worship/Games (Sword Drill) and Inspiration

  • Defining Our Current Reality (Jeff Reed)

    It’s about the big WHY.  Why is children’s ministry important, and why is it more important now than ever? You will be challenged and inspired as we unpack some alarming stats on the state of kids ministry. We’ll also look at some encouraging truths about our calling and how God is equipping us to do His work.

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Workshop #1 — 55 minutes

11:45 a.m. Chick Fil-A LUNCH / Expo

12:15 p.m. Let’s Talk Forum

1:00 p.m. Workshop #2 — 55 minutes

2:00 p.m. “Family Night” Experience / Fun

  • Getting Discipleship into the Hands of the Parent (Jeff Reed)

    What does a Christian family look like? As we glimpse what the Bible has to say about a Godly family, we can also look at what this will look like in the life of our church. When you equip parents to disciple their kids, you change the family. When you change families, you change your church and the world.

3:00 p.m. Prayer and Sending out


Workshop 1 Options

Storytelling (Janiss Fowler, First Baptist Church, Manchester, CT)
Let’s help our kids fall in love with the Word of God!  Join us as we explore the best storytelling techniques. 

Bible Skills Benchmarks (Melva Davidson, Newbury Bible Church, Newbury, VT)
As they grow, a child’s capacity to know the Lord also grows. In this workshop. Learn how to identify where a child should be in terms of their Bible skills knowledge and how to help them reach those benchmarks.

 Engaging Parents (Jeff Reed, Lifeway Church Resources, Nashville, TN)
Teach. Inspire. Equip.  We have to do all three things to help parents in their journey. Most parents don't understand that THEY are the prime source of discipleship for their kids. We have to teach them. In addition to helping parents understand their role, we have to inspire them to grow in their own faith WITH their children. We also need to give them the right tools. Let’s unpack this together!

 Growing in F.A.I.T.H.--Teaching Preschoolers Through Activities (Jessica Green, Timothy Baptist Church, Roxbury, MA)
Learn how to take your preschoolers on a journey into Scripture where they’ll experience the Bible in 5 ways that will cause them to grow strong in their F.A.I.T.H. —Fun, Adventure, Imagination, Truth and Home activity!  We will explore techniques for creating an organized and structured environment where learning can still be full of exploration and movement.  This workshop will be great for beginner and intermediate preschool teachers. 

How to Build a Strong Leadership Team (Ron Mills, Island Pond Baptist Church, Hampstead, NH)
Let’s dive into the elements of building a strong leadership team. Come and be ready to be challenged and to join the conversation so that we can learn together.

Keeping Kids Safe (Micah Levitsky, Grace Harbor Church, Providence RI)
Keeping our kids safe should be our #1 priority.  Come and find some great ideas to make sure this is happening at your church.  Hear about some practical ways this is happening and you can learn from the journey of another! 

The Invisible Disability (Nancy Feldott, Awana International)
This workshop will cover the different types of learning disabilities and how in light of those we can be more effective in our ministry classroom.  We’ll talk about making all of our programs accessible for all children.


Workshop 2 Options

Engaging Parents (Jeff Reed, Lifeway Church Resources, Nashville, TN)
Teach. Inspire. Equip.  We have to do all three things to help parents in their journey. Most parents don't understand that THEY are the prime source of discipleship for their kids. We have to teach them. In addition to helping parents understand their role, we have to inspire them to grow in their own faith WITH their children. We also need to give them the right tools. Let’s unpack this together! 

Using Events as Outreach (Lisa Helble, Grace Baptist Church, Hudson, MA)
Events can be a great stepping stone to reach out into the community.  Come and find out some practical ways that these events can used to get people connected to your church.  Lots of great ideas here!!!

Alphabet Soup (Nancy Feldott, Awana International)
Let’s explore some special needs that we are seeing more of in our children’s programs: ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), and ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder).  Come and discover ways to integrate these children into your ministry and learn how they be successful in those settings.   

Kids and Technology (Patti Lake, Faith Church, Auburn, MA)
How is technology shaping our kids?  Let’s find out how we can be proactive in making sure that we are using technology to best reach our kids and how we can guide them in their use of today’s technology. 

Helping Pre-Teens Establish a Quiet Time (Melva Davidson, Newbury Bible Church, Newbury, VT)
As adults, we know that having an established quiet time helps us grow in the Lord. But how can you help your preteen to establish their own quiet times on a regular basis? In this workshop, learn how to help preteens have a quiet time and how you can play an integral part in their transformation as they draw closer to the Lord.   

Understanding our Kids’ Emotional Needs (Alexia Johnstone)
Join us for a serious, frank discussion about the emotional needs of kids and how this can translate into our specific ministry context.  Come and hear from a professional who works with kids and families every day.

Leading and Motivating Your Volunteers (Sandy Coelho, Church of the Vine, Carver, MA)
What are the ways that you are leading and motivating volunteers?  Come and discover some fresh new ways to honor those who are an integral part of your ministry and why you need to invest in them.


Location

We'll be meeting at Faith Church, located at 22 Faith Avenue in Auburn, MA.