On Oct. 26, children’s ministry staff, teachers, parents, and volunteers will gather at Westminster PCA in Atlanta for the “What About the Children?” Conference. Organized and hosted by the PCA’s Christian Education and Publications (CEP) Committee, the conference comes in response to continual requests from local churches for more children’s ministry training.
“We have great folks who are doing amazing ministry in many of our churches,” says Sue Jakes, CEP’s education specialist. “This is a time to hear and share all that is going on that we may be equipped and encouraged.”
Prior to the conference, children’s ministry directors and their staff are invited to a special Friday evening dinner with Dr. Stephen Estock, the new CEP coordinator. Dr. Estock will share his vision for discipleship in churches, and guests will have time for discussion and fellowship.
Saturday’s training for ministry workers and parents will feature workshops focused on issues pertinent to children’s ministry such as choosing curriculum, special needs ministry, creative discipline, and volunteer development. The workshops will feature experienced teachers such as Ty Bryant from Atlanta’s Perimeter Church, Connie Musselman from The Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, and Joel Wallace, associate director of MNA’s Special Needs Ministries. Singer-songwriter Katy Hutson will present “The Kingdom of God & Bellybuttons,” a music-focused workshop.
Organizers hope conference participants will leave with new ideas for teaching the Gospel to children of every age. “If you come overwhelmed about training children in your home and church,” says Jakes, “you will leave encouraged, equipped, and expecting God to do great things in the next generation.”
Cost is $35 per person, which covers lunch, snacks and conference materials. Those interested in attending should register by Sept. 30.
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