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#ESTAtl:  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 #ESTAtl will bring those in our region, and beyond, together for equipping and encouragement to impact the next generation.

We want to invite you to the #ESTAtl. 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, Perimeter’s lead pastor, as he shares from Psalm 78 about investing in the next generation. Our covenant community is rich and our theology is sound, so whether your church is large or small, come be a part of this special community.

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 because all of our churches are stronger, when we learn from each other.

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

  • Teaching Biblical Sexuality to Children and Teens
  • Equipping Parents
  • Learning Styles and Disabilities
  • Prayer
  • Recruiting, Staffing, and Casting Vision
  • Covenant Theology
  • Protecting Children
  • Outreach
  • …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
  • Mary Flo Ridley, Birds & the Bees
  • Tony Souder, Pray for Me Campaign
  • 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 p.m.

  • Ashley Belknap, Engaging Disability With The Gospel
  • Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator
  • B.A. Snider, Great Commission Publications
  • Steve Collins, Adults Protecting Children

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

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Conference Details


  • Early Registration (deadline is February 14, 2020):  $150 $60 each (reduced by the generosity of donors) includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch
  • Registration (deadline is February 24, 2020): $150  $75 (reduced by the generosity of donors) includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch
  • Pre-Conference: $15/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:

  • 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 p.m. on Friday. We will let you know the time of your appointment.]

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


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 Ministries as the Established and Certification Coordinator. Before coming to CDM, she worked in Children’s Ministry for 9 years at 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 Mobile, AL with her husband Dustin.

Steve Collins is the Founder and Executive Director of Adults Protecting Children, which trains adults in how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Steve has comprehensive experience training adults and working with organizations in how to prevent the sexual abuse of children. His experience includes developing and implementing child protection policies. He has expertise in how communities can create child protection initiatives that can train enough adults in that community that the culture of the community is changed and becomes a safer place to raise children.

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 11, and lives in Atlanta, GA where she serves as Children’s Ministry Coordinator for the PCA’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries. 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. 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.

Sarah Merrick lives in Atlanta and is the Director of KIDS Discipleship at Perimeter Church. She arrived at Perimeter first through working summers and doing an internship with Camp All-American, Perimeter’s summer day camp, and shortly after began working in children’s ministry. She is married to McLaine and has two children – Brynn and Donnie.

 Jeff Norris began serving at Perimeter Church in the summer of 2015 after serving for 13 years with CRU. Since then, he has served at Perimeter in the role of Pastor at Large, Young Families and Young Adults Director, teaching team member, and most recently as the Assistant Directional Leader. On September 29, 2019, Jeff will be installed as the Senior Pastor and Lead Teacher of Perimeter Church. Jeff and his wife, Rachel, live in Atlanta with their four children.

 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 eight grandchildren.

Becky Sinclair is the Children’s Ministry Director at Clemson Presbyterian Church in Clemson, SC. She has a passion for teaching children God’s Word and encouraging memorization of Scripture. She loves to explore different avenues and curricula to communicate God’s Word in innovative ways. Her hobbies include spending time with her husband, David, and their adult children and grandchildren, reading, and knitting.

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. 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.

Tony Souder is the CEO of One Hundred Years, a family of ministries helping individuals, families and churches flourish in bringing the greatness of God to the next generation. In 2014 he founded the Pray for Me Campaign to help churches and ministries thrive in creating natural and effective intergenerational relationships beginning with prayer. He is author of the Pray for Me Prayer Guides, which have been translated into both Spanish and Chinese. Tony and his wife Rhonda have been married since 1985. They have twin adult daughters and live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Cami Summers is the Communications Coordinator for CDM and has written curriculum for Perimeter Church in Atlanta, GA. She is passionate about God’s Word and discipling the next generation. She also enjoys serving with her husband, Jeff Summers, as they come alongside parents through Perimeter’s Parent University. Jeff and Cami have 4 children. Cami loves Jesus, reading and writing, hot tea, family game night, going to the movies, and time with her family and friends.

Jeff Summers is the pastor of Student Families at Perimeter church in Atlanta, GA. He is passionate for students to enter into a life changing encounter with the person of Christ and to grow into full maturity in their faith. He also enjoys coming alongside parents and assisting them in navigating the pitfalls of today’s culture so that they can successfully launch their children into adulthood. He and his wife, Cami, have been partnering in ministry for 27 years. They have 4 children: Tirzah (21), Jace (18), Lexi (14), & Zane (11). Jeff and Cami both love Jesus, family game night, Mexican food, going to the movies and Coffee Time.

Joanna Thompson has learned from being on staff at her local church to ministering in Uganda that all children need to be taught the same thing: God made you, takes care of you, and works out all things for your good and His Glory. She is passionate about preparing children to one day walk with Jesus and “rejoice in suffering.” Joanna has been married to her husband, Brett for 12 years and together they have 4 children: William, who God called home in December, 2012, Magdalene who is 4, Deacon who is 1, and newborn Campbell Elizabeth. In fear that 3 kids wouldn’t keep her busy enough, Joanna has recently started a ministry geared to the youngsters “in-between” children’s ministry and youth ministry. She is excited (and scared) for the challenge to disciple a group that will inevitably ask all the hard questions.

Workshops #1

  • All God’s Children Gotta’ Worship: At Home (Stephen Estock)—What daily steps could we be taking to train our children toward loving God and desiring to worship Him? Learn some practical guidelines that every parent can incorporate in the ongoing discipleship of true worshippers.
  • Engaging Disability: Learning To Serve The Whole Family (Ashley Belknap)—We will explore ways to foster spiritual, emotional, and relational growth for every child. We will also focus on ways to help parents and siblings be able to worship and grow through various ministries of the church. We’ll look not only at how families living with disability need the church, but also how the church needs them.
  • Birds and the Bees (Mary Flo Ridley)—Instead of growing up with a blank page, or worse, a page filled with confusion based on media images or porn, what if children grew up knowing the value and purposes of sex, and the design of birth, conception, and reproduction? And better yet, what if they learned this from conversations with the people who love them the most. Parents can be prepared, encouraged, and equipped for these conversations.
  • Let’s Make Disciples! (Sarah Merrick)—A practical look at all the elements which need to be included in producing Kingdom disciples in your church and home. How do you know that you have “made” a disciple?
  • All Aboard! Communicating Your Children’s Ministry Vision (Joanna Thompson)—A plan for imparting the who, what, and why of kid’s discipleship to your entire congregation. Learn how every member can take part in the nurture and admonition of the children in your church.
  • Teenagers and Independence: A Worthy Pursuit (Jeff & Cami Summers)—Leading your teens toward a healthy independence that is dependent on God and His Word requires intentional conversations, habits and guidance. Where to start?

Workshops #2

  • All God’s Children Gotta’ Learn: Teaching The Bible To All Abilities And Learning Styles (Ashley Belknap)—We want all our children to learn God’s Word and grow in their understanding of who God is and what He has done for us through the gospel. How can teachers simultaneously and effectively address a wide range of learning needs in the classroom? This workshop will focus on strategies for the whole classroom. You will walk away with the tools you need to figure out how your children learn and how to teach the Bible to students of all levels of ability.
  • Teach Me to Pray (Tony Souder)—Children learn to pray by example and participation. How can we effectively help them in praise, thanksgiving, confession, and intercession for themselves and others? We will look at a simple method that you and your children will enjoy.
  • Birds and the Bees (Mary Flo Ridley)—Instead of growing up with a blank page, or worse, a page filled with confusion based on media images or porn, what if children grew up knowing the value and purposes of sex, and the design of birth, conception, and reproduction? And better yet, what if they learned this from conversations with the people who love them the most. Parents can be prepared, encouraged, and equipped for these conversations.
  • Recruit, Recognize and Retain! Enjoy Success in Staffing Your Ministry (B.A. Snider)—Do you struggle with recruiting volunteers for your ministries to families and children? You are not alone! In this session we will break down the challenges of recruiting and retaining volunteer teams and share creative solutions, suggest ways to recognize service, and offer encouragement for this vital aspect of your ministry.
  • Covenant: Know what that Means? (Sue Jakes)—How does Reformed and Covenantal theology define our ministry to children? From foundational principles to basic teaching methods, let’s compare typical children’s ministries to what we should be expecting as we seek to make Covenant-keeping disciples.
  • Child Sexual Abuse in the Church: Its Prevalence and Prevention (Steve Collins)—What steps can be taken to protect children from this ever-growing abuse crisis? Participants will receive valuable resources that will help in writing and implementing child protection policies and procedures.

Workshops #3

  • All God’s Children Gotta’ Worship: At Church (Becky Sinclair)—Why, when, and how should children be included in the corporate worship of the local church? There are proven means to help every child enjoy participating in this eternal pursuit.
  • Only One Curriculum: God’s Word (B.A. Snider)—Teachers and parents must be trained to study God’s Word and trained to teach what they have learned to their pupils and children.  Learn how to train others so that they are confident in this task of teaching God’s Word to every age.
  • Hawks and Hornets (Jeff and Cami Summers)—Too late for the Birds and the Bees? Parents can still be encouraged and equipped to have healthy conversations about the value and purposes of sex. From two experienced parents and youth ministry leaders, learn how to guide your teens out of the culture’s confusing and deceitful maze.
  • Cultivating Parents who Actually Disciple their Children (Stephen Estock)—What are the best methods of encouraging and equipping your families in their discipleship journeys? This workshop will talk about the importance of healthy communication between home and church as well as practical tips to help make it happen.
  • Hiding God’s Word in Their Hearts (Sarah Merrick)—Need some new ideas for encouraging kids to memorize scripture? Your ministry can come alongside parents in this Biblical charge to learn God’s Word as a defense against sin. Sarah’s church has had some success in this area and she is ready to share what may give new motivation for this task.
  • Reach the Community through Your Children (Sue Jakes)—Children’s ministry can be one of the most strategic and effective ways for your church to reach the community, but how do we do it? Join us for a time of tips and discussion as we think about developing a well-rounded outward-faced Children’s Ministry through our Sunday programs and special events.

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 and Becky Sinclair

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, Lead Teacher/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 $15/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


We have excellent special rates of $79/night at the following hotels:

Hyatt Place Atlanta Johns Creek

11505 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA

[This room block rate will no longer be available after 2/7/20.]

770-622-5858 – The discounted rate group booking code for guests making their reservations via telephone is – G-PCAM.

Booking Link:

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North/Johns Creek 

11695 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA



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