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2014

BASS

CHURCH WORKERS
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MARCH
6-8

2014 BASS Workshops

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  • Track: Special Needs

    Using Technology in Special Needs Ministry

    Stacy Hodge

    Stacy Hodge

    March 7, 2014 - 9:00 AM Room: Heritage Room

    From using iPads as communication devices to sharing Christ through stories and games, this workshop will take you through settings, accessibility features, and apps to use at your church. We will also address social media and how to use it to safely reach families for Christ.

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    Loving the Family Impacted by Special Needs

    Amy Fenton Lee

    Amy Fenton Lee
    Keynote Speaker

    March 7, 2014 - 10:30 AM Room: Heritage Room

    Most of us struggle to find the right words and appropriate actions to effectively minister to a family affected by special needs. In this breakout we’ll offer guidance for pastors, children’s ministers, and caring volunteers for relational etiquette when ministering to parents processing a special needs diagnosis for their child. This session will provide guidance for church greeters and host teams who may be the first faces to welcome the family affected by disability. We’ll also talk about why many parents do not reveal their child’s special needs diagnosis and how to the church can encourage families to approach them with a partnership mindset.

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    Understanding Autism: A Family and Church Perspective

    Diane Dokko Kim

    Diane Dokko Kim

    March 7, 2014 - 12:00 PM Room: Heritage Room

    Special Needs ministries benefit from understanding the unique challenges faced by families affected by autism. Why might a parent be guarded in disclosing important information about their child? Why might families register for worship or a respite event, but "No Show" without warning? What practical strategies could help both ministry leads and families be more effective in ministering, and being ministered to? Hear insight from an autism parent/special needs ministry leader: how autism impacts families and the ministries striving to support them.

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    Adapting Curriculum for Special Needs

    Kris Volkir

    Kris Volkir

    March 7, 2014 - 1:30 PM Room: Heritage Room

    This workshop will discuss creative ways to adapt Sunday School curriculum for students with special needs.

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    A Place for Me: Reaching Children and Families With Special Needs

    Group Publishing

    Group Publishing

    March 7, 2014 - 3:00 PM Room: Firehouse

    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.

  • Track: Special Needs

    Including Teens with Special Needs in Your Church

    Stacy Hodge

    Stacy Hodge

    March 7, 2014 - 3:00 PM Room: Heritage Room

    Teenagers with special needs are often the most unreached age group within special needs ministry. In this workshop we will explore why it is important to make the effort to include this unique population in your vision for the student and special needs ministries. Being a former youth ministry associate, Stacy will be giving practical tips, tools, and ideas to help you reach this amazing group of students in your existing ministries.

  • Track: Special Needs

    Special Needs FAQ

    Amy Fenton Lee

    Amy Fenton Lee
    Keynote Speaker

    March 7, 2014 - 4:30 PM Room: Heritage Room

    This session will address the most common questions and challenges posed by church leaders new to accommodating children with special needs. Together we’ll talk about issues such as including a wide range of ages in a single setting, behavior concerns, and meeting parent expectations, and establishing thriving parent support groups. We’ll also talk about establishing a culture and setting up policies & procedures to protect every ministry stakeholder (including volunteers!)

  • Track: Special Needs

    Autism and the Church

    Debbie Lillo

    Debbie Lillo

    March 8, 2014 - 8:00 AM Room: Heritage Room

    Autism is on the rise, and every church in the nation must be prepared to welcome children, students, and adults with Autism and their families. This workshop will give an introduction to autism and will discuss strategies for adapting programs and encouraging positive behavior outcomes for students on the Autism Spectrum.

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    Building a Special Needs Ministry Team

    Amy Fenton Lee

    Amy Fenton Lee
    Keynote Speaker

    March 8, 2014 - 11:15 AM Room: Heritage Room

    Accommodating a child with autism can be a game-changer for an entire church staff, and every church needs to be prepared. With planning and program parameters everyone can experience success. We'll walk through the various issues a church’s leadership team may need to consider as they determine their church’s unique calling and capability for disability accommodation. We will talk about developing a job description for a special needs ministry coordinator while offering ways the church can inspire and equip lay leader champions. Best practices will be shared for instilling a sound culture for risk management and program longevity.

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    Bridging the Gap: Responding to Mental Illness Within the Church

    Marie Fang

    Marie Fang

    March 8, 2014 - 12:45 PM Room: C2

    Although mental illness is as prevalent in the church as anywhere else, it's often not addressed in seminary and infrequently brought up in the context of church. Often when mental health issues arise for church leaders there may be shame, theological questions, and lack of education that leave leaders feeling ill equipped to properly respond. This workshop intends to focus on addressing some of these common issues that may arise in the church surrounding the topic of mental illness through lecture and open discussion.

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    What Autism Spectrum Disorder Has Taught Me About God: Insights From Research And Practice

    Cynthia Zierhut

    Cynthia Zierhut

    March 8, 2014 - 12:45 PM Room: Heritage Room

    Dr. Zierhut is a wife, a mother of four boys and works as a research psychologist at the MIND Institute in Sacramento, California. At the MIND she works in the area of treatment for very young children with ASD. In this workshop, Dr. Cynthia Zierhut shares a brief but current overview of scientific discoveries in Autism Spectrum Disorder and her perspective on how these findings relate to the nature of God. Taken together with her clinical and ministry experience over the past twenty years, this presentation promises to be authentic and inspirational. She considers it favor and only because of Him that her work has recently taken her to Poland, Spain, Germany, Austria and Australia to work along side therapists and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of children touched by ASD. She is the founder and former director of the Champions Ministry at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento and the founder of Evening of Dreams a fully inclusive prom for teens with special needs. She is passionate about Inclusion and the role of the church.

  • Track: Special Needs

    Surviving to Thriving: Teaching Techniques to Engage Different Learners

    Amy Fenton Lee

    Amy Fenton Lee
    Keynote Speaker

    March 8, 2014 - 2:15 PM Room: Heritage Room

    The success of a child is often closely tied to the success of a volunteer. In this fast-paced session we’ll equip you with tricks and tactics for keeping the most challenging child engaged. You’ll learn easy and effective communication techniques, behavior management strategies, and activity adaptations that can make Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights and VBS environments a meaningful experience for everyone involved. Lay volunteers will be prepared to work with children diagnosed with ADHD, various learning differences and sensory processing disorder.

  • Track: Special Needs

    Special Needs Parent Panel

    Debbie Lillo

    Debbie Lillo

    March 8, 2014 - 3:45 PM Room: Heritage Room

    This workshop will feature a frank discussion with a cross-section of parents who have children with disabilities. We will explore the parenting challenges, the spiritual implications of living a challenging life, and the blessings families have experienced by being fully welcomed into the Body of Christ.