Established Atlanta – February 28-29, 2020

PCA Children’s Ministry Conferences

He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God…” — Psalm 78:5-7

PERIMETER CHURCH • Johns Creek, GA • February 28-29, 2020

What are the challenges of ministry in a southern, big city or one of its suburbs?

It can be a grind. The families of our churches are busy, busy, busy, and there are so many other things to do on a Sunday.  It can be hard to cast vision and recruit volunteers when attendance is inconsistent. But we don’t face these challenges alone. CDM’s Established Conference wants to draw us together with those in our region, and beyond, who are working to establish the faith in this next generation

We want to invite you to the Established Conference ATL. We want to encourage and equip you to minister to the smallest in your congregation. Let’s celebrate our covenant community and the promises of God that unite us. Come meet Mary Flo Ridley of the Birds & the Bees. Her training on equipping families to talk about sex is so relevant! Meet Jeff Norris, who will become Perimeter’s lead pastor in Sept. He will share from years of experience on college campuses. Whether your church is large or small, we are better when we learn from each other. Our covenant community is rich and our theology is sound.

Let’s escape the grind and find encouragement from those who can share from years of ministering to children. Let’s share resources, fresh ideas, and build a community in the south that continues to encourage each other into eternity! Will you join us?

At this conference, you will have the opportunity to attend interactive workshops on:

  • Recruiting, Training And Retaining Your Volunteers
  • Beginning or Revitalizing Your Children’s Ministry
  • Child Safety Policy Development
  • Special Needs Training To Fit Your Church’s Needs
  • Classroom Management
  • Reaching Out To Your Community’s Children
  • Gospel-Centered Parenting
    …and much more

Who should attend an ESTABLISHED conference?

  • Children’s Bible Teachers, Sunday School Teachers, and Classroom helpers
  • Children’s Ministry Directors and Staff
  • Church Leadership
  • Parents
  • Youth Helpers
  • Nursery Coordinators
  • …and anyone willing to be more involved in “telling the next generation!”

Special Training from:

  • Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator
  • Sue Jakes, CDM Children’s Ministry Coordinator
  • Ashley Belknap, Engaging Disability with the Gospel
  • B.A. Snider, Marketing Director/Great Commission Publications
  • CDM’s Children’s Ministry Team

You’ll also have an opportunity to check out the latest resources for Parents and Children!

Pre-Conference Training and Individual Appointments on Friday Afternoon:

CM 101 Children’s Ministry Training – Friday 3-6 pm. – This 3-hour workshop is designed to review the entire CM101 resource book with an emphasis on how to start, develop and maintain a vibrant children’s ministry. Everything from parental support, recruiting and keeping volunteers to teacher training and community outreach will be included. There will be time to ask questions as you are directed to people and resources that will help strengthen your local church’s ministry to children.

Individual Appointments – You will have the opportunity to register for a one-hour appointment with one of the following team members. These will be on a first-registered basis and we will let you know the time of your appointment between 3-6 pm.

  • Ashley Belknap, Engaging Disability with the Gospel
  • Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator
  • B.A. Snider, Great Commission Publications

Each church represented will receive a free copy of Children’s Ministry 101, which gives a covenantal approach to next-generation ministry.

Conference Details

Registration:

  • Early Registration (deadline is January 17, 2020):  $150 $60 each (reduced by the generosity of donors) includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch
  • Registration (deadline is February 17, 2020): $150  $75 (reduced by the generosity of donors) includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch
  • Pre-Conference: $10/person
  • If there are 5 or more attending from the same church, the 6th person is free. Please contact Kathy Wargo for a code to register the 6th person.

When registering, you will indicate:

  • Your 3 workshop choices to attend on Saturday
  • If you will be attending the Pre-Conference training on Friday afternoon, ESTABLISHED, Children’s Ministry 101
  • If you would like to schedule a 1-hour individual appointment with one of our team members. [Register early for one of these appointments to be held between 3-6 pm on Friday. We will let you know the time of your appointment.]

If you have registration questions, please contact Kathy at kwargo@pcanet.org or 678-825-1132.

Speakers: List of speakers will be updated soon.

Ashley Belknap serves as the Director of Engaging Disability (the Special Needs Ministry of the PCA). A gifted communicator with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, Ashley has the ability to tackle challenging issues with creative and practical ministry applications. She served for four years as Director of Women’s Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson MS, where she led a wide variety of ministry initiatives. As the mother of a son with autism, Ashley has a personal passion to see families touched by disability reached with the good news of the gospel. Ashley and her husband, John, have three children and reside in Brandon, MS. 


Bethany Belue works for the PCA Committee on Discipleship Ministry as the Established and Certification Coordinator as well the Executive Assistant for the Coordinator. Before coming to CDM, she worked in Children’s Ministry for 9 yearsat 2 large PCA churches as the Children’s Director, Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City and Oak Mountain Presbyterian in Birmingham. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Dustin.

Stephen Estock is Coordinator for the PCA Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM). A former USAF officer, he has been in pastoral ministry for 20 years, serving churches in Montgomery, AL and St. Louis, MO. Stephen has also been an adjunct professor at Birmingham Theological and Covenant Theological Seminaries. His Ph.D. is in education, with an emphasis on competency-based learning and leadership training. He and his wife, Susan, have three children and live in Atlanta, GA.

Sue Jakes is mother of four, grandmother of eight, and lives in Atlanta, GA where she serves as Children’s Ministry Coordinator for the Presbyterian Church in America’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries. She is also a teacher trainer and consultant for Great Commission Publications and the PCA’s Special Needs Ministry. She has served as director of children’s ministry at Covenant PCA in Fayetteville, GA and is now serving as children’s director at Westminster PCA in Atlanta. Sue received a Masters Degree in Education from West Georgia College, taught in the public schools for seven years and home-schooled for twenty-two years.  She has been teaching children, youth, and women’s groups in the church for over thirty-five years. Sue is co‑author of “Heart of the Home”, a Bible Study ministry for moms and Teach Me To Worship, CDM’s children’s church online curriculum.

 Jeff Norris is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Metro Atlanta Seminary. He was on staff with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for 13 years where he served at Southern Miss (2002-2004), University of Georgia (2004-2008), and back at the University of Alabama as the campus director from 2008-2015. While in Tuscaloosa, he was able to see the Lord grow the Cru ministry from 50 to over 500 students. His heart and passion then and now is to see the Lord birth and grow communities of people who have been transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jeff began serving at Perimeter Church in the summer of 2015. Since then he has served in the roles of Pastor at Large, Young Families and Young Adults Director, and most recently as the Assistant Directional Leader. He also serves as one of Perimeter’s teaching pastors. Jeff has been married to his wife, Rachel for 17 years. Rachel grew up at Perimeter Church and was a part of the second graduating class of Perimeter Christian School. Jeff and Rachel have four children: Samuel, Ellie Kate, Abigail, and Annie.

 Mary Flo Ridley began presenting a popular parenting seminar in the Dallas area in 1986, teaching parents how to talk to their children about sex. Armed with medical research, personal stories, and humor, Mary Flo walks parents through very specific ways to answer their children’s early questions with confidence. She gives parents a simple strategy that allows them to share their values along with basic biology and develop a positive plan for introducing the subject of sex in the preschool and early elementary years. Mary Flo grew up in El Paso, Texas, and graduated from SMU. She has been joyfully married to her husband Dave for 36 years and they have three married children and six grandchildren.

B.A. Snider has more than 20 years’ experience as a children’s director in PCA churches ranging in size from 200 to 4,000 but finds her passion is the same no matter how many children she’s serving. Show the children Jesus. B.A. began her formal ministry as a children’s director and consultant in 1993, but she has taught and led music for children since she was in junior high school. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and taught college until the Lord called her to seminary and full-time ministry. She graduated with a master’s degree in Christian Education from Columbia International University. Speaking at conferences, consulting with leadership, and training teachers brought her to Great Commission Publications in 2014 as the Children’s Ministry Consultant and Marketing Director.

If you are in a church plant or focusing on church revitalization, this is the conference for you! Make sure that someone on your team attends all the workshops with the ++ denotation. These are designed to help churches from the ground up, giving you new ideas for kick-starting ministry to children!

Workshops – List of workshops will be updated soon.

Location: Atlanta, GA

Perimeter Church

9500 Medlock Bridge Road

Johns Creek, GA 30097

Conference Schedule: Atlanta, GA

Friday, February 28, 2020

3:00-6:00 pm – ESTABLISHED: Children’s Ministry 101  – Sue Jakes

Spend the afternoon reviewing the new book by this title, unpacking all the basics of beginning, developing and sustaining ministry to children in your local congregation.

3:00-6:00 pm – Individual Appointments Register for a one-hour appointment with:

  • Ashley Belknap – Engaging Disability with the Gospel
  • Stephen Estock – CDM Coordinator
  • B.A. Snider – Great Commission Publications

Browse Bookstore and Exhibits

6:30-8:30 pm – Dinner and Opening Session

“Psalm 78 – The Great Value of Ministry to Children” – Rev. Jeff Norris, Assistant Directional Leader

8:30-9:30 pm – Dessert Social – Visit Exhibits and Bookstore

Saturday, February 29, 2020

8:00-8:30 am – Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:30 am – Introductions, Instructions and A Charge for the Day

“Psalm 78: The Great Hope that is Ours” – Sue Jakes, CDM’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator

9:40-10:40 am – Workshop Session #1

10:40-11:00 am – Break

11:00-Noon – Workshop Session #2

Noon – Lunch and Panel Discussion

1:15-2:15 pm – Workshop Session #3

2:30-3:00 pm – Closing Session

“Psalm 78:  Established – THE Covenant Promise” – Dr. Stephen Estock, CDM’s Coordinator of Discipleship Ministries

Pre-Conference Optional Training and Appointment Opportunities:

Friday, February 28, 2020

CM 101 Children’s Ministry Training – Friday 3-6 pm. – Additional cost is $10/person – Sue Jakes

This 3-hour workshop is designed to review the entire CM101 resource book with an emphasis on how to start, develop and maintain a vibrant children’s ministry. Everything from parental support, recruiting and keeping volunteers to teacher training and community outreach will be included. There will be time to ask questions as you are directed to people and resources that will help strengthen your local church’s ministry to children.

Opportunity for individual meeting with one of our Team Members – Sign up for a 1 hour time slot to meet individually (or in a small group with others from your church) with one of these consultants on Friday afternoon. This time is an opportunity for you to ask questions, receive advice, brainstorm ideas, and consult with those who are experts in their field. They are here to help you with your ministry, your role, and your church.  Once you sign up for an appointment  you will receive an email from Bethany Belue 2 weeks in advance to confirm your specific time slot. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity at the Established Conference.

  • Ashley Belknap, Engaging Disability with the Gospel
  • Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator
  • B.A. Snider, Great Commission Publications

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