Director of Next Gen Ministry
Menlo Park, CA
A native of South Africa and 18 year children’s ministry veteran, Gary Lindsay is passionate about equipping others to reach kids for Christ. He currently serves at Menlo Church in Menlo Park, CA as the Director of Next Gen. Gary also writes and presents workshops for various children’s ministry conferences worldwide. He was voted one of the top twenty Children’s Ministry leaders to watch. He is also a contributing writer to Children’s Ministry Magazine. Gary is the father of two wonderful kids, Rebekah and Brendan, and husband to ministry leader, wife, and mom Heidi. Gary chooses restaurants by the quality of dessert they serve.
You know your volunteers need to be trained to be successful in their roles. Learn how to create training sessions for your leaders and where to find tools that will make your job training leaders more successful! Plus, walk away with at least 2 trainings that are ready to use!
We’ll hear from and dive into research from video game designers to rethink how we need to approach ministry to reach today’s kids. From your environment to relationships, we will give you 4 tools to change your ministry!
We know you’re dedicated to the safety and security of the children in your care. That’s why you know every kid’s food allergies, develop check-in/checkout procedures, and even practice lockdown scenarios. But are you fully prepared for the most common challenges facing your ministry? Together, we’ll explore the most common threats your church may face and you’ll learn practical actions you can implement immediately to help protect children.
Most people grow up (even if they are churched) with a rather harsh view of God, which chills their faith life. But the way Jesus interacted with children and his disciples resulted in those people’s deep faith and closeness to Him. He called them friends. Discover how you can help the children in your ministry become Friends of God too!
What do kids worry about? Ask them, and their answers may surprise you. According to recent research, stress in our society has had its most significant spike in 10 years. How should the Church respond? Get a glimpse into kids’ everyday stressors, and consider practical ways Jesus calms worries and fears. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of what kids face and practical tips to help meet them where they are with Jesus’ steadfast love.