#ESTCA – March 20-21, 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

NEW LIFE Presbyterian Church of Orange County • Fullerton, CA • March 20-21, 2020

Are you looking for a roadmap to raising children in the instruction of the Lord? Something to help you nurture and grow your church’s covenant children in all stages, from infancy to young adulthood? 

 Discipling our children takes a partnership between parents and the Church. The culture around us is increasingly hostile to our faith, and we have to be really intentional at imparting Biblical truths to our children. We don’t face these challenges alone. CDM’s #ESTCA will draw us together with those in our region, and beyond, who are working to establish the faith in this next generation. Some of the questions we will discuss:

How do we teach and raise our kids according to God’s design?
How do we raise our children as a covenant community? And why is this important?
How does the Bible impact how we speak to and engage with our toddler? Grade schooler? High schooler?

We want to invite you to #ESTCA. 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 Danny & Monica Kwon as they share from their decades of experience discipling the next generation. Come meet the CDM team as they share the importance of covenant theology in teaching children. Our covenant community is rich and our theology is sound, so whether your church is large or small, we want you to come and be a part!

Let’s redefine our idea of success and find encouragement from those who can share from years of ministering to children. Let’s share resources, fresh ideas, and build a community on the west coast 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:

  • Recruiting & Staffing
  • Learning Styles & Disabilities
  • Covenant Theology & the Gospel
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Equipping parents to disciple their children and teens
  • …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
  • Danny and Monica Kwon
  • Ashley Belknap, Engaging Disability With The Gospel
  • Tony Souder, Pray for Me Campaign
  • 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 March 6, 2020):  $150 $60 each (reduced by the generosity of donors) includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch
  • Registration (deadline is March 16, 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 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:

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.

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.

Danny Kwon has been serving 28 years in ministry, and 26 years of ministry has been dedicated to leading the family and youth ministry at Yuong Sang Presbyterian Church. He is married to Monica and has three children. He completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and teaches as an adjunct professor at Biblical Seminary and Eastern University. He has authored three books, “A Youth Worker’s Field Guide to Parents: Understanding Parents of Teenagers,” and “Mission Tripping: A Comprehensive Guide to Short Term Missions “ (Book and Team Journal).

Monica Kwon is a Christian counselor and teaches Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor at Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) and has been a seminar speaker at numerous CCEF National Conferences. She has worked in church ministry for more than 25 years and is currently a part of the pastoral staff at her local church. Monica has a Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University, and is completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Lehigh with a focus on Attachment theory. She is married to Danny Kwon, an ordained Pastor, and they have three boys.

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 Founder of the Pray for Me Campaign and Executive Director of the Chattanooga Youth Network, a ministry dedicated to helping churches flourish in bringing the greatness of God to the next generation. For over 24 years he has connected, coached and cared for youth ministry leaders across denominational and racial lines around the southeast. 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.

Workshops #1

  • Teach Me the Truth (Monica Kwon)—How do we train our children to see all of life through the framework of scripture? Can we begin at an early age to instill in them a true Biblical world and life view? (Parents and grandparents of all-aged children)
  • 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. (Parents and grandparents of elementary – young teens)
  • Recruit, Recognize and Retain! Enjoy Success in Staffing Your Ministry (Bethany Belue)—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. (Church paid and volunteer staff, leadership and teachers)
  • Better Together: 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? Not only is it possible, but we will also discuss how all benefit from the presence of differing abilities and learning styles. 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. (Teachers of young children – young teens)
  • 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. (Church paid and volunteer staff, leadership and teachers)

Workshops #2

  • Talk to Me (Monica Kwon)—Our children and youth need wise counsel as they face today’s culture. How do parents begin good conversations with them? What guidance can we give as we direct them though life’s difficult maze? (Parents and grandparents of all-aged children)
  • Talk to My Parents: Parenting with only the Gospel for Help (Stephen Estock)—A deeper understanding of the freedom and power found in the gospel shapes the way parents raise their children in the Lord. This workshop explores how the good news of what Christ has done (and IS doing in the lives of parents and children) gives you freedom from the chains of parenting according to the shifting sands of contemporary culture. (Parents of young children – older youth)
  • Effective Youth Ministry from a Parent’s Perspective (Danny Kwon)—How does youth ministry become a strong support for the difficult task of parenting teenagers? Danny’s years of experience will give wisdom in what to do and what not to do. (Parents, leaders and teachers of youth)
  • So Many Details and So Little Help! (Bethany Belue)—Establishing and implementing policies and procedures for your youth and children’s ministry can be overwhelming. Let us connect you with all the resources you need to make it happen. (Church paid and volunteer staff, leadership and teachers)
  • All Aboard! Communicating Your Children’s Ministry Vision (Sue Jakes)—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. (Every member of the congregation)

Workshops #3

  • Teach Me to Worship (Sue Jakes)—God calls us to worship Him in all that we do. How do we include children in that practice both at home and at church? What are practical ways the church can train children for worship while equipping parents to lead family worship in their homes? (Parents of young children – older youth)
  • Teach My Heart (Bethany Belue)—As we teach the Word to our children, are we aiming for a change in behavior or a change of heart? All our teaching must be redemptive as we open the scriptures to point them to Jesus. (Teachers, Parents and grandparents of all-aged children)
  • 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. (All interested members of the congregation)
  • From Diapers to Diplomas – Have a Plan! (B.A. Snider)—A scope and sequence for what, why and when to teach Bible, theology, Christian living is a great idea for a successful next generation discipleship ministry. (Church paid and volunteer staff, leadership and teachers)
  • The Role of Parents in the Local Church (Danny Kwon)—If you are going to successfully reach and teach the kids, you must start with the parents. Where do you begin and what must happen to have your parents on board? (Youth leaders and teachers, and parents of Youth)

Location: Fullerton, CA

New Life Presbyterian Church of Orange County

1430 E. Orangethorpe Ave.

Fullerton, CA 92831

Conference Schedule: Fullerton, CA

Friday, March 20, 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. Danny Kwon

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

Saturday, March 21, 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, March 20, 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

Hotels:

Hotel Fullerton

1500 South Raymond Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831

We have a special rate of $105/night which includes breakfast. The rate is guaranteed until February 21, 2020.

Your group block is ready and here’s how your guest can book their rooms.

  1. Your guest can call the hotel directly at 714.635.9000 and mention that they are looking to book under the group block named “Established Conference”. The code for the block is also “ESC” should they wish to mention that instead.
  2. You can forward this link to anyone interested in booking a room, or if you have a website / Facebook page for the event you can post it there also. The link will take them to our website showing your group name and dates blocked (03/20/20-03/22/20) along with the rate. They have the option to book a day before and a day after the blocked dates at the same rate. http://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=2576551&hotelID=77586
  3. Attached is a Reservation request form that you can also forward to your guest, the form can be emailed back to me or sent to my direct fax 714.520.4622 and I will reply to them with a confirmation letter.

The cut-off date for the group is “02/21/20”, after which the unused portion of the room block will be released and made available for the general sale. Reservation requests will then be confirmed depending on availability.

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