the lives of children. In this workshop you will learn how to capture kids attention, keep them engaged, nurture a love for God's word, and strengthen their friendship with Jesus! You will also learn how to reach today's kids, redefine "smart" by exploring seven ways that kids learn best, and get tons of ideas you can use THIS weekend in your ministry. This workshop will be presented by Christiaan VandenHeuval, a Group Publishing Ambassador.
Women's ministry isn't all about party planning - but it shouldn't be boring either! This workshop will address the importance of fun and relationships as they relate to a thriving women's ministry. We will look at outreach, effective events, and forming supportive small groups. This workshop will be presented by Sharon Allen, a Group Publishing Ambassador.
Are you a "small" church? Don't feel bad - you're the majority! With the average church in America clocking in at about 75 members, there's no reason why "small" has to equal "less" when it comes to a healthy, thriving youth ministry. We'll break down stereotypes, rally around biblical and philosophical direction, and gain a tone of practical ideas for creating a ministry that teenagers will love to be a part of - no matter how many of you there are! This workshop will be presented by Eric Groezinger, a Group Publishing Ambassador.
Ninety-six percent of women's ministry leaders say that reaching the next generation is a priority to them. But how? This session focuses on the needs of younger women and helps leaders discover a strategy for reaching them effectively. This workshop will be presented by Sharon Allen, a Group Publishing Ambassador.
Families today are different than they were 1, 5, and 10-plus years ago. What's your strategy to reach them? We will give you dozens of practical ideas to minister to and equip parents so kids grow spiritually every day - instead of just on Sundays! You will discuss unique challenges families face today so you can empathetically minister to them, add value to the wonderful things you are already doing to minster to families so you can easily maximize your impact, explore an effective 3-part strategy for family ministry. This workshop will be presented by Joe Patterson, a Group Publishing Ambassador.
"Devotions" are a staple part of most youth ministry moments. Yet, first hand reports tell us that only about 5% of people can repeat the main idea of a devotion just five minutes after it ends! So let's get REAL with devotions. During our time together we will unpack Group's unique REAL approach to learning and show you how to create devotions, messages, and experiences that are both memorable and life-changing, as well as fun for your youth. You will leave with the skills and simple steps needed (plus the noticeable absence of the weight on your shoulders) to deeply connect your students to Jesus. This workshop will be presented by Eric Groezinger, a Group Publishing Ambassador.
Ministry has changed greatly in the last five years. Putting off the move to online media is no longer an option for church leaders. This session will help you understand why online tools are necessary to reach the people in your church and community and how to get started. In this workshop you will assess your current ministry through a digital lens, explore the most popular social media platforms and how they can work for you, and learn how to maximize Facebook for ministry effectiveness. This workshop will be presented by Ryan Bicker, a Group Publishing Ambassador.
No matter how you slice it - preschoolers need Jesus! Learn how to connect with every preschooler Physically, Intellectually, Emotionally, and Spiritually (PIES). You will experience what these little ones can understand, what they can and can't do, and how you can tell Bible stories in ways that capture their attention! Get fun, doable ideas that are grounded in faith and rooted in Scripture. You will learn new ways to connect with today's preschoolers, discover four key ingredients to a successful preschool lesson, and explore four Jesus-inspired techniques that will bring your preschoolers closer to Him. This workshop will be presented by Sharon Allen, a Group Publishing Ambassador.
You want to develop a thriving and impactful youth ministry – but there’s just one problem, There aren’t any youth! If this gets close to describing your situation, join us as we share step by step strategies for creating a youth ministry from scratch. We’ll also cover how to keep students around for the long haul, and the latest trends and insights into what today’s youth need most in a youth group. This workshop will be presented by Margaret Leigh Guthrie.
Welcome to the wonder lab of preschool ministry! Children this age have hearts that are open to God and his Word. They’re eager to learn as they wiggle and giggle and play! We’ll help you understand what these little ones can understand, what they can and can’t do, and how you can tell Bible stories in ways that capture their attention! After this workshop, you’ll be an expert at creating a spiritual exploratorium that kids beg their parents to bring them to. And, we’ll give you expert insights into partnering with preschoolers’ parents on this fantastic faith journey! This workshop will be presented by Esther Boley.
After the whirlwind changes kids go through from birth through preschool, it may feel a little like kids this age aren’t changing much. But they’re changing every year—cognitively, spiritually, and physically! How can you keep up with what’s effective, what’s hot, and what’s working with these changing kids—and times? This workshop will clue you in to the latest techniques for grabbing kids’ attention, managing classrooms with multiple ages, and making learning memorable. Plus, we’ll give you insider secrets to what parents of kids this age need most—and how you can partner effectively with them. This workshop will be presented by Christiaan VandenHeuvel.
Experience what it’s like to be a child with special needs in this workshop—and you’ll never see children with special needs the same again. Find out how to craft a special needs ministry. Once you involve children with special needs in your ministry, families who have children with special needs will flock to your church. This practical, visionary workshop shows you where to start – and how to move forward. This workshop will be presented by Margaret Leigh Guthrie.
Just when you thought you had kids figured out, they morph into preteens…tweens…upper-elementary-age kids! As they stand on the precipice of childhood, ready to take their leap into youth ministry, how can you be sure your preteens have what they need to not only survive, but also thrive? This workshop will help you understand what’s going on in preteens’ changing minds and bodies—and how to help them grow spiritually. You’ll discover the top things kids this age want from you, the things you should never do or say, and the keys to ministry that’ll keep kids coming back every week. Plus, we’ll help you understand what preteens’ parents are going through and how you can partner with them, too. This workshop will be presented by Joe Patterson.
Are you a “small” church? Don’t feel bad – you’re the majority! With the average church in America clocking in at about 75 members, there’s no reason why “small” has to equal “less” when it comes to a healthy, thriving youth ministry. We’ll break down stereotypes, rally around biblical and philosophical direction, and gain a ton of practical ideas for creating a ministry that teenagers will love to be a part of – no matter how many of you there are. This workshop will be presented by Margaret Leigh Guthrie.
The world is full of minefields that can rob young teenagers of the pure lifestyle God intended for them. In this workshop, you’ll better understand what those dangers are and how to counteract them in a young person’s life. You’ll also get a handle on what a commitment to purity really means. It’s not just about sex; it’s about an entire lifestyle that’s pleasing to God. If you’re not sure how to help kids even want a pure lifestyle, this workshop will equip you to help kids desire God’s best above all else. Plus, we’ll help you partner with parents during this important commitment. This workshop will be presented by Gloria Lee.
Looking for practical ways to help children know how much God loves them? This workshop is for you! Discover simple yet powerful ways to help children experience a relationship with Jesus. These “4 Acts of Love” will keep children coming back for more—and will let them go deeper with Jesus. This workshop will be presented by Gloria Lee.
Can’t find enough volunteers? Give life to your ministry by finding the right volunteer for each service opportunity. This workshop will lead you through the LIFE process of finding, matching, and keeping great volunteers. Discover how to invite someone to volunteer in just 90 seconds! You’ll learn how to create a magnetic culture by staffing your ministry with the right person for the right position.
It’s nothing new: The world is a hostile place for Christian kids to live in—always has been and always will be. The litany of threats include media, family breakdown, and childhood obesity. But those aren’t the real threats to your kids’ faith! In this workshop, you’ll discover the things that could truly derail your kids’ faith if you’re not aware of them and don’t counteract them. You may be surprised to learn which things are innocent and which are insidious.
Kids today don’t learn the way even kids learned 10 years ago. And if we keep teaching them the way we have in the past, we’re going to lose them. Come to this workshop to learn how to use the principles of “loopy learning” to capture kids’ attention, keep them engaged, nurture a love for God’s Word, and strengthen their friendship with Jesus!
You’re busy touching children’s hearts and changing lives every week. Sometimes, though, you can get tired and run on empty. In this workshop, you’ll be refreshed and renewed as you rediscover your calling to serve God and his children. You’ll reconnect with God in powerful ways and get practical, meaningful tools to grow your passion for serving in children’s ministry. (Plus, you can use everything you experience to refresh your team back home!)
If you’re new to children’s ministry . . .welcome! Your wide eyes show that you’re eager and probably a little overwhelmed right now. Don’t feel like you have to reinvent the wheel; we’ve got expert advice, tips, and insight tailor-made for someone brand-new to children’s ministry. Plus, we’ll give you the basics for everything you need to know—and clue you into the best resources to get started
Times-they-are-a-changing - and so has Vacation Bible School! Think VBS is old school? Too hard? Too expensive? Too much trouble? We'll blow the doors off everything you thought you knew and show you how to transform your ministry with the latest and greatest tricks-of-the-trade. Take a little trip with the experts and explore the evolution of VBS - today, tomorrow, and beyond!
Faith is not a subject but the way we pass it on to the next generation can make it feel way too academic. And the risk of academic ministries? Boredom! Come to this workshop to learn how to use a new language and approaches to help your kids develop a friendship with Jesus. You'll get tons of ideas to help kids love Jesus more every day and to deepen their relationship with Him.
The world is full of minefields that can rob young teenagers of the pure lifestyle God intended for them. In this workshop, you’ll better understand what those dangers are and how to counteract them in a young person’s life. You’ll also get a handle on what a commitment to purity really means. It’s not just about sex; it’s about an entire lifestyle that’s pleasing to God. If you’re not sure how to help kids even want a pure lifestyle, this workshop will equip you to help kids desire God’s best above all else. Plus, we’ll help you partner with parents during this important commitment.
This workshop will help your leadership team define a vision, communicate it clearly, and create inspired strategies for your church to live out its unique calling. Using innovative exercises and tools from Will Mancini’s celebrated methods, you’ll begin to solve the puzzle of what’s holding your ministry back from being the expression of God’s love your community is calling for.