A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 5-7, 2020
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA
March 6, 2020 - 9:00 AM Room: C7
It is never too early to teach young children how to serve others. In this workshop we will learn how to help young children begin to develop a heart for missions. We will explore lesson ideas, craft projects, games and activities, and age appropriate service ideas for teaching missions that you can put to use in your own ministry.
March 6, 2020 - 9:00 AM Room: Firehouse
What makes a lesson great? Is it the teacher? the topic? the supplies? Or might it be the kids themselves? When you discover how kids learn best, every lesson becomes impactful and memorable. Explore Jesus’ teaching, specifically the parable of the sower, to develop a more effective approach to leading kids. You’ll discover how to help kids not just hear but truly understand God’s Word. Plus, unlock secrets of the brain that lead to long-term memory. Presented by Group’s Ministry Training Center.
March 6, 2020 - 9:00 AM Room: C8
Leading a small group of kids: an idea that both terrifies to the very core and truly gets the adrenaline pumping...sometimes both at the same time. Whether we’ve been called or guilt-tripped, whether this is our first year or last, the truth is simple: each week, God is placing you in a position to shape a generation for Christ. There’s no ‘magic formula’ for great small group leadership. Many of the most challenging small group kids grow up to be some of the most influential world changers. Come learn the 7 Keys to leading a small group of kids to help them come to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
March 6, 2020 - 10:30 AM Room: Firehouse
Preteens have questions…and some of them are doozies! Rather than dismiss tough topics, discover how to help kids process and look to the Bible to dig into hard questions about God and faith. Together, we’ll learn how to be bold with your preteens by exploring four values that will transform the way you do ministry. Rooted in developmental research, these values reach preteens’ specific needs. You’ll learn how to practically apply these values in your ministry. Presented by Group’s Ministry Training Center.
March 6, 2020 - 10:30 AM Room: C7
Have you ever wanted to make the Bible truly come alive to your students? In this workshop you will learn how to immerse your students in any Bible story by applying ideas to reach most or all of the senses. Your students will no longer read the Bible passively but see each story as a fun, exciting, thrilling adventure!
March 6, 2020 - 12:00 PM Room: C7
Do you struggle when it comes to telling stories from the Bible, wanting to keep it simple yet exciting for preschoolers and young children. We want them to be captured by all the wonders of the Bible. In this workshop we will explore ways to keep little ones engaged with stories that come alive. Come and see examples of visuals, glean ideas on how to use movement and senses in your teaching, and how to tailor a story to those you are teaching. We want to capture them and connect their lives with the word of God so they will want to tell the story most precious to everyone they meet!
March 6, 2020 - 12:00 PM Room: C8
Above all else, the Gospel is the message we are trying to share with the children, youth, and adults God places in our life path and in our community. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is the power of God to change hearts and bring salvation (Romans 1:16). Come learn a versatile technique to share the gospel in any situation and any conversation, especially in our postmodern world. We’ll use teaching, video, demonstration, and practice to equip you to clearly and concisely share the gospel message with anyone the Lord places in your path.
March 6, 2020 - 12:00 PM Room: WC 114
Your ministries' success depends a lot on the strength of your Volunteer team you build. Discover proven principles that any leader can use to build a great volunteer team.
March 6, 2020 - 1:30 PM Room: C7
Remember the games you enjoyed as a child--Monopoly, Candyland, Battleship, and more? This workshop will show you how to turn these and other games into unforgettable Bible lessons!
March 6, 2020 - 1:30 PM Room: D1
Learn how to keep Christ in the center of your busy life. If you have lost your passion for ministry due to burn-out this workshop will help you rekindle your passion for the ministry and God. More than anything else, you will learn how to face yourself to be a transparent leader God can use AND KNOW WHO YOU are in CHRIST.
March 6, 2020 - 1:30 PM Room: C8
Taught from a Children's Pastor's point of view, learn the keys to a great relationship between the Senior Pastor and the Children's Pastor.
March 6, 2020 - 3:00 PM Room: C7
Even little ones are anxious to learn about the Gospel message. In this workshop we will explore what keeps us from sharing the gospel with preschoolers and younger children and why it is so important for us not to skip over this age group. We will also explore creative age-appropriate activities to use when sharing the gospel message.
March 6, 2020 - 3:00 PM Room: Firehouse
Vacation Bible school provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to reach kids in your community—kids who might otherwise never set foot in your church. But are you being strategic in how you plan and carry out VBS? Are you making the most of this unique event? A fresh approach can breathe new life into your program, energizing your year-round ministry efforts. Together let’s map out a ministry “destination,” discovering how VBS can play a key role in growing your ministry in unexpected ways. Presented by Group’s Ministry Training Center. This workshop will be repeated on Saturday @ 2:15.
March 6, 2020 - 3:00 PM Room: C8
How do you avoid a chaotic environment in your classroom? How do you create an environment suitable for teaching God’s Word? Do you know how to make it a place where your volunteers love and want to serve? Are the parents confident that their child is safe? Come learn time-tested and proven group management and individual correction tools to keep out the chaos from your classroom and create an environment for fun, safe, and encouraging learning.
March 6, 2020 - 4:30 PM Room: C7
Discover 20 practical tips and ideas to give your children's ministry a reboot in 2020! This class will prepare you to walk away with steps you can implement immediately to refresh, reenergize, and renew your ministry.
March 7, 2020 - 8:00 AM Room: Firehouse
Families may want to dig into God’s Word, but let’s face it, the Bible can be a little intimidating. How can this ancient text really permeate family life today—especially if it’s new to parents, too? Discover practical tools to fuel Bible discovery in everyday family life. From bedtime storybooks to carpool playlists, we have simple ideas to help take away fear and make the Bible your friend.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: Firehouse
Find the secret to asking good questions that get kids—and their leaders—talking. You’ll explore Jesus-style questions that deepen faith and build friendships. And you’ll find some answers, too! Discover how debrief conversations steer kids toward faith discoveries, and get tips for responding to kids’ answers. You’ll walk away with a REAL understanding of how to engage and grow closer to kids in your ministry.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: C7
Variety is the spice of life. Whether you’re flying solo or have some help, learn how to use different forms of puppetry and gospel magic to make your lessons, stories, Bible verses and beyond more dynamic!
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: C8
Have you ever had an awesome idea for Large Group time or an anecdote to captivate your small group? Did the idea fizzle out or were you able to craft it into a teachable story? Did your story end up fizzling out anyway? Come learn how Jesus told stories so you can transform your storytelling and impact children like never before.
March 7, 2020 - 12:45 PM Room: C7
Preschoolers are amazing but tears and tantrums will happen. Their time with us is temporary, but the Gospel message we want to impress on their hearts is eternal. We will take a look at preschoolers abilities and limitations, as well as what we need to do to be successful in working with them. Using a positive approach helps us to be consistent, caring, and sensitive. Lots of creative examples and ideas for your ministry, including ideas for special needs preschoolers.
March 7, 2020 - 12:45 PM Room: D5
“For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.” Acts 20:26 “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:27 Visuals aids will be used to enhance the teaching of the Word of God, teaching the theme of each book of the Bible as well as what the books say concerning the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Savior. From a preschool child to an adult one can have a panoramic view of the entire Word of God.
March 7, 2020 - 12:45 PM Room: C8
Brent presents a humorous and insightful look at some of the common annoyances that have bugged him while serving in Children’s Ministry, and how he has dealt with them. Discover ways to eliminate some of these “bugs” from your ministry!
March 7, 2020 - 2:15 PM Room: C7
You don’t need iPads, big screens or video games to capture someone’s attention... All you need is imagination and passion. Join us as we explore interactive ways to teach children and families the old, old stories in a new, new way.
March 7, 2020 - 2:15 PM Room: C8
Just as you can become nose-blind to smells over time, you can become “blind” to safety issues in your program. Learn several common-sense tips that will help keep your facility child-safe.
March 7, 2020 - 2:15 PM Room: WC 114
The keys to seeing kids fall in love with Jesus and serve Him for a lifetime.
March 7, 2020 - 2:15 PM Room: Firehouse
Vacation Bible school provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to reach kids in your community—kids who might otherwise never set foot in your church. But are you being strategic in how you plan and carry out VBS? Are you making the most of this unique event? A fresh approach can breathe new life into your program, energizing your year-round ministry efforts. Together let’s map out a ministry “destination,” discovering how VBS can play a key role in growing your ministry in unexpected ways. Presented by Group’s Ministry Training Center. This workshop will be repeated on Friday @ 3:00.
March 7, 2020 - 3:45 PM Room: C7
Let's explore what makes or breaks a strong ministry team. We will share and discuss different ways to strengthen your team spiritually, emotionally and socially while creating a safe space for you to truly encourage and connect with each other... and we'll be learning and playing some fun games!